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Adirondack North Country Scenic Byways
“Spectacular scenery unlike any
other in the Northeast.”

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Saranac Lake

Olympic Byway, State Rt. 3 and State Rt. 86, in Franklin County

Historic Saranac Lake, on the Olympic Scenic Byway, has a vibrant downtown, pleasant riverwalk, and dozens of cultural activities.

When you visit Saranac Lake, you'll understand why it was named the best small town in New York State and ranked 11th in the United States in The 100 Best Small Towns in America.

In the early 1900's the Village of Saranac Lake, with its fresh mountain air and rejuvenating climate, became an international destination and pioneer health resort for people suffering from tuberculosis. Dr. Edward Livingston Trudeau discovered the cure for TB, gaining worldwide attention for this quaint mountain village. Many “cure cottages” still exist today and appear as they did in the 1900’s. Historic Saranac Lake offers many opportunities for you to explore the town. Visit the museum at the restored Saranac Lake Union Depot and board a train for scenic excursions through the Adirondacks.

If you're a paddler, Saranac Lake is a great base for exploring the “ancient highway of the Adirondacks,” the chain of lakes that connects Saranac Lake with Old Forge, 90 miles away. Other popular activities in the area include hiking, biking, camping, fishing, hunting, golfing, cross-country skiing, snowmobiling, horseback riding, and natures walks.

The 170-mile Olympic Scenic Byway route starts near Lake Champlain at the village of Keeseville in the east, moves through the heart of the Adirondack Mountains, and ends near Lake Ontario at Sackets Harbor in the west. As you travel this byway, you’ll experience some of New York State’s most historic and scenic waterways. In the towns, villages, and hamlets along the way, learn about the determination of early settlers to make the most of the natural resources in this often-challenging environment.

Whether you're an armchair sports fan, or have dreams of Olympic-style challenges, you'll find a wide variety of recreation opportunities in every season. Take time to enjoy local events and get to know the women and men who live, work, and take great pride in calling the distinctive Olympic Scenic Byway communities home.

Scenic Byway Attractions in this Community

Available Services

Auto Service

  • Air pump
  • Gas Available 24 hrs.
  • Gas Station
  • Mechanic on duty
  • Towing


  • Cafe, etc. w/Internet service
  • Cell Phone service
  • Library w/Internet service
  • Lodging w/Internet service
  • Pay telephone


  • Adirondack Cuisine
  • Barbeque (BBQ) Restaurant/Stand
  • Deli/Sandwich Shop
  • Diner
  • Donut Shop
  • Fast Food
  • Gourmet Coffee Spot
  • Hot Dog Stand
  • Ice Cream Shop
  • Pizza
  • Restaurant


  • Convenience Store
  • Grocery Store
  • Health Food Store

Local Foods

  • Farmers Market
  • Maple Syrup
  • Roadside Produce Stand


  • B&B
  • Campground
  • Cottages/Cabins
  • Hotel
  • Motel

Medical Services

  • Clinic
  • Drug Store
  • Hospital

Other Visitor Services

  • ATM
  • Bank
  • Historical Society
  • Library
  • Package Pickup (UPS, FedEx, etc.)
  • Post Office
  • Public Restrooms

Places of Worship

  • Assembly of God
  • Baptist
  • Catholic
  • Christian Science
  • Episcopal
  • Jehovah's Witnesses
  • Lutheran
  • Methodist
  • Nondenominational
  • Presbyterian
  • Quaker
  • Seventh Day Adventist

Recreation Sales/Rental/Service

  • Canoeing/Kayaking
  • Fishing/Hunting
  • Flying
  • Golfing
  • Hiking
  • Motorboating
  • Skiing/Snowshoeing
  • Snowmobiling


  • Antiques
  • Art Galleries
  • Books
  • Boutiques
  • Clothing
  • Gifts
  • Local Crafts
  • Sporting Goods


  • Airport with Commercial Service
  • Bus Stop for Commercial Service
  • Bus Stop for Local Service
  • Taxi
  • Tourist Train Depot

Visitor Info

  • Staffed Visitor Information Center or Office

Lodging, Dining & OTHER Information

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