Motorcycle-Friendly Attractions Offer Foliage Festivals & Tours

Northern New York (August 31, 2015) - Fall in Northern New York is a festival of colors, offering fun events and plenty of roadways ideal for leaf peeping, whether by motorcycle or on a quick break during a scenic drive touring New York's historic attractions.

In the 1000 Islands Region, autumn's brilliant foliage is set against the beauty of the St. Lawrence River and Lake Ontario to the north and west, and the foothills of the Adirondacks to the east, offering motorcycle routes with spectacular views in every direction.

For lake and mountain views, take the 1000 Islands Cape Vincent - Carthage Loop, which travels from Tibbets Point Lighthouse to the banks of the St. Lawrence River. Motorcyclists can experience miles of beautiful fall landscapes, and enjoy access to top attractions in the 1000 Islands Region, including Three Mile Bay and the Cape Vincent Fisheries Station and Aquarium, as well as the Antique Boat Museum in Clayton, Sackets Harbor Battlefield, and Scenic View Park in Alexandria Bay.

Motorcyclists with a passport or enhanced driver's license can cross the Canadian Border and check out the Gananoque Harvest Festival, now through September 20. The festival is a celebration of local food and drink, offering cooking classes, samples of locally produced delicacies, and an extensive art fair.

For a little devilish delight to get in the Halloween spirit, take the Central 1000 Islands Loop to Watertown and prepare to get spooked at the 1000 Islands Thompson Park Vortex in Watertown. The park was designed by Frederick Law Olmsted, of Central Park in New York City fame, and is said to contain a time vortex that will transport visitors from one section of the park to another. It also boasts a high meadow with a lovely view of the city below, ideal for an autumn picnic.

Don't miss the Black River Fall Fest September 12, boasting more than 60 craft and food vendors in downtown Watertown, as well as a car show, live entertainment and farmers' market. For added thrills, Visit Fort Henry in Kingston, ON during Fort Fright, going on October 1 through November 1, and experience the fort's creative take on a haunted house.

In the Adirondack Region, autumn offers tunnels of golden leaves to ride through, s-curves wrapping around mountainsides and smooth roads leading to scenic valleys.

For motorcycles who want to explore some of the Adirondack Region's famed wilderness areas, wineries and top attractions, the Northeast Adirondacks Loop provides all three. Begin at Ausable Chasm in Keeseville and, after walking around the chasm and checking out the gift shop, take a quick detour to one of seven wineries and cideries located along the Adirondack Coast Wine Trail - don't forget to grab a bottle to take home.

In Plattsburgh, Greater Adirondack Ghost Tour Company provides lantern-lit tours of haunted locations on the shores of Lake Champlain. Highlights along this route include the Olympic Village of Lake Placid, the artsy downtown of Saranac Lake and the wilds of the High Peaks and McKenzie Mountain Wilderness Areas. Stop at restaurants and farmers' markets along the way offering pumpkins, apples and an array of harvest-time goodies.

Don't miss the Flaming Leaves Festival October 10-11 in Lake Placid, featuring live blues music, an array of barbecue options prepared by local chefs, lawn games, a horseshoe tournament, craft vendors, scenic chairlift rides and a ski jumping competition that will thrill all who watch.

For additional fall foliage trips and events, visit to find a motorcycle route, download tank maps and learn how to win prizes simply by taking photos and sharing them on social media with the hashtag #GoTourNY.

About is supported by a grant awarded to the Adirondack Regional Tourism Council and 1000 Islands Region by New York State's Empire State Development and the I Love NY Division of Tourism under Governor Andrew Cuomo's Regional Economic Development Council Initiative.


Rebecca Steffan
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