Scenic Byways

Drive the Adirondacks and enjoy Sunday drives, scenic views and beautiful landscapes.
Scenic Drives in Tupper Lake, Adirondacks

Route 28 coming south from Tupper Lake to Long Lake.

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Scenic Drives in the Adirondacks

The Adirondacks are full of scenic drives, like the Veteran's Memorial Highway.

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Scenic Drives Along Lake Champlain

Take a drive (or bike ride) along Lake Champlain and the Adirondack Coast!

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Explore the Breathtaking Landscapes of the Adirondacks on Miles of Scenic Roadways

The Adirondacks are crisscrossed by miles of New York State Scenic Byways. From the award-winning Lake to Locks Passage along Lake Champlain, to the deep forests and winding whitewater of the Black River, saddle up, suit up or put the top down and prepare to see the Adirondacks from some of the most picturesque roadways in the world.

What is a Scenic Byway Anyway?

Scenic Byways are roads with stories to tell, experiences to share and adventures to chase. They are the connections between the past and the present, where exploration is offered at each curve in the road for motorcyclists, drivers, and cyclists. Drive or ride the Revolutionary Trail and explore the area's important historic military sites and forts, or travel along the Seaway Trail, winding around the Lake Ontario Basin and the mighty St. Lawrence River. Freedom of the open, scenic road awaits.

These classic highways also serve to showcase some of the Adirondack Region's best attractions, restaurants, and cultural sites, providing easy access to festivals and events.

Twisties, Canyon Carving & Knee Down – Motorcycling the Adirondacks' Byways

For hundreds of miles, you can ride your motorcycle or Spyder in the Adirondacks and never ride the same road twice. Spend the day wine tasting along the Adirondack Coast, stretch your legs at nature centers and scenic lookouts or enjoy one of the Adirondacks' annual motorcycle events.

Grab a group of friends and ride the Adirondacks' smooth motorways. Download our scenic byways map and start planning your canyon carving adventure.

Adirondack Bus Tours – Fall Foliage Peaks & Festivals

Each autumn, the Adirondacks trade lush green forests for a rainbow of color and one of the longest fall foliage seasons in the country. Group bus tours will enjoy a leisurely pace through the Adirondacks, stopping for photo ops of glistening lakes and mountainsides of radiant color.

Tour de 'Dacks – Road Biking the Adirondacks

Road biking the Byways of the Adirondacks provides a new perspective on the region's six million acres – not to mention, challenging terrain ideal for competitive racers and the weekend cyclist. Whether joining in one of the organized group touring expeditions such as Cycle Adirondacks or participating in racing competitions such Tinman in Tupper Lake, the byways unfold like new stories to a favorite Adirondack tale.

Explore the Adirondack Scenic Byways, offering short rides and multi-day adventures!

Top Scenic Drives in the Adirondacks

  1. Central Adirondack Trail - 150 miles
  2. Indian Lake to Speculator - 24 miles
  3. High Peaks Byway - 30 miles
  4. Olympic Trail - 170 miles
  5. Lakes to Lock Passage - 225 miles
  6. Seaway Trail - 454 miles
  7. Hudson River to Blue Mountain Lake - 48 miles
  8. Mohawk Towpath Byway - 25 miles
  9. Roosevelt-Marcy Trail - 40 miles
  10. Blue Ridge Road - 17 miles
  11. Adirondack Trail - 188 miles
  12. Military Trail - 84 miles
  13. Tupper Lake to Long Lake - 22 miles
  14. Black River Trail - 111 miles
  15. Utica to Raquette Lake - 70 miles
  16. Dude Ranch Trail - 40 miles
  17. Southern Adirondack Trail - 112 miles
  18. Revolutionary Trail - 158 miles
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