More than 20 state and national scenic byways in New York highlight landmarks, natural wonders, history and a variety of themes—from dude ranches to Olympic sites. Slow down and take the scenic route to exciting attractions, activities and events.
On Long Island, the North Fork Trail runs from Southold to Orient Point. Starting about 80 miles east of Manhattan, this scenic byway leads to seaside restaurants, award-winning wineries, lighthouses and farmers markets—concluding with a spectacular view of the Atlantic Ocean.
About 90 miles from New York City, the Shawangunk Mountains Scenic Byway spotlights a paradise for hikers and rock climbers. In charming towns along the scenic route, historic sites and architecture mingle with antiques shops and art galleries. The Upper Delaware Scenic Byway snakes along the river to dramatic vistas, legendary trout streams and quaint Catskill villages. In the Capital-Saratoga region, the Mohawk Towpath National Scenic Byway follows the Erie Canal to historic locks, bridges and canal towns.
Thirteen scenic byways in the Adirondack North Country feature awe-inspiring scenery. The Adirondack Trail travels through the center of the Adirondack Park, and the Olympic Trail runs from Lake Champlain to Lake Ontario. The Central Adirondack Trail passes scenic Lake George, the world-famous Adirondack Museum, historic Adirondack Great Camps, and the restored Fort Stanwix and Erie Canal Village in Central New York.
The High Peaks Scenic Byway winds around the Adirondacks highest peaks and picturesque waterways. It’s a fantastic gateway to sites for fishing, boating, biking, hiking and whitewater rafting. Midway between Manhattan and Montreal, the Lakes to Locks Passage highlights Lake Champlain—a recreational treasure and strategic site during historic battles. Stop in mountain villages to shop or explore the region by bicycle, canoe, kayak, or scenic train rides.
Take a drive along Scenic Route 90, winding through gorgeous Finger Lakes wine country and rolling farmland. From Ithaca, the Cayuga Lake Byway heads north to the Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge—linking four state parks, 19 wineries and women’s history sites.
The Great Lakes Seaway Trail, named one of the Top 9 Great American Drives by Budget Travel, stretches for 500 miles connecting the St. Lawrence River, the Great Lakes and Niagara Falls. The route features over 25 lighthouses, War of 1812 military history, and nature centers. Options along the way include world-class sportfishing, wine tasting and the Seaway Trail Discovery Center.
Getting there is half the fun of New York scenic byways!