photo DB: photo

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

Popular Picks
Custom Search

Explore by interest:

placeholder imageVIEW AREA MAPS Maps of the region to view or print. Area Maps

placeholder imageLOOKING for more information on Where to Stay and Where to Dine? Plan Your Stay

placeholder imageCARING for our favorite natural and recreational resources - See the new guide Invasive Species Alert

Wilder Homestead near Malone

The NYS Zoo at Thompson Park near Watertown

Fall colors are spectacular along the Scenic Byways through the Adirondack Park

Plan your Stay

The journey is as enjoyable as the destination when traveling the Adirondack Scenic Byways. Along with the fabulous scenery and numerous opportunities for a hike, boat, swim, or ski, there is a wide diversity of lodging, dining, and shopping opportunities to satisfy any preference. On many of our community and activity pages, the Adirondack Scenic Byways website provides links to local and regional tourism websites that describe lodging, dining and shopping opportunities. Those tourism organizations can help you plan your visit - whether for a day, a week or for the season - and will gladly answer your questions by email or over the phone. They are the experts in travel information, allowing us to focus on the Scenic Byways and an overview of their scenery, communities, culture and recreational opportunities.

The following is a brief overview of the region’s hospitality followed by a list of the tourism websites featured on the Scenic Byways website.


The full range of lodging facilities is available along the Scenic Byways, including cabins, B&Bs, motels, hotels, and resort lodges. There are thousands of campsites and many are near a lake or stream, with hiking, biking and boating all in close proximity. Some campgrounds require reservations but many are on a first-come first-serve basis, and while some are close to the road others are hidden away in the backcountry accessible only by trail or canoe. One of the most desirable lodgings is the Adirondack Lean-to, a rustic shelter consisting of three walls, a slanted roof, and at times even a floor. The State maintains a network of lean-tos situated along hiking trails and canoe routes.


Historic inns and taverns, convenience stores, farmer’s markets, grocery stores, and many old-fashioned ice cream stands are all found along the Scenic Byways. Selections range from restaurants perched lakeside and offering spectacular views of waterways or mountains, to comfortable eateries nestled along historic streets. Families may prefer to sit down with a bag lunch at a picnic table, enjoy ice cream from a roadside stand, or relax in the ambiance of an historic inn or tavern. The restaurant menus vary from home style cooking to fine cuisine, often with locally grown foods incorporated. The traditional coffee shop now often serves cappuccino and latte along with standard fare and lively conversation.

Grocery stores and specialty food stores have all the supplies for camping trips and picnics including fruits, vegetables, deli food and supplies. Natural food stores are available and farmers markets occur in many communities at least once a week during the growing season.


All along the Scenic Byways are communities ready to introduce you to the exceptional collection of local arts, crafts, and specially foods found in northern New York. As you make your way along the touring routes you’ll experience the rich heritage along vibrant Main Streets while enjoying the scenic landscapes, fresh air, and refreshing lakes and rivers.

As you travel through historic towns and villages, stop to meet the local artisans who make their creations in the region from materials found in the area’s forests and fields. The diverse collection of potters, weavers, painters, maple syrup makers, woodworkers and others maintain the tradition of creating hand-made, authentic items, with careful attention to detail. Rustic Adirondack as well as fine wooden furniture, quilts, hand made clothing, baskets, snowshoes, pottery, paintings, candles, and stained glass pieces are a few of the items available for those interested in purchasing Adirondack goods. Locally grown foods are harvested and prepared for sale within the region, including maple syrup, apples, berries, cheese, specialty meats and fresh seasonal produce.

Each of the community pages on the Adirondack Scenic Byways website provides an overview of the shopping and other services available in each community, while the following websites provide the details on the specific shops, restaurants, and lodging.

There are a number of regional websites have tourism information for different areas along the Scenic Byways:

Adirondack Regional Chamber of Commerce

Adirondack Regional Tourism Council

Adirondacks Speculator Region Chamber of Commerce

Central Adirondack Association

Gore Mtn Region Chamber of Commerce

Lake George / Warren County Tourism Board, Inc.

Lake George Regional Chamber of Commerce

Mohawk Valley Chamber Of Commerce

North Warren Chamber of Commerce

Rome Area Chamber of Commerce

Visit the 1000 Islands

Each of counties along the Scenic Byways also has an informative website:

Clinton County Tourism

Lake Placid/Essex County Visitors Bureau

Franklin County Tourism

Fulton County Tourism

Hamilton County Tourism

Herkimer County Tourism

Jefferson County Tourism

Lewis County Tourism

Montgomery County Tourism

Oneida County Tourism

St. Lawrence County Tourism

Warren County Tourism

A number of Scenic Byway communities have additional information on their websites:

Blue Mountain Lake, Indian Lake


Cranberry Lake, Star Lake, Wanakena

Glens Falls



Lake George

Lake Placid

Long Lake, Raquette Lake


Northville, Mayfield

Old Forge


Sackets Harbor

Saranac Lake



Tupper Lake




See About the Region for travel information of interest.

© Adirondack North Country Association.