Any time of year is the perfect time to take a scenic drive through the Adirondacks. And boy, do we have some amazing scenery. Hop in the car and check out some of the great routes below. 

Make a day of it

Of course, driving is fun, but so is hiking. So how about stopping to hit a trail along the way? Try one of these short 1-2 hour hikes in combination with your travels and you'll get the best of both worlds. And we know you'll get hungry somewhere along the way, so why not check out the many local restaurants and farmers markets you'll encounter?

All roads lead back to the High Peaks - so you probably should plan to book a stay while you're here.

Natural Wonders Loop
2144 Route 9, Au Sable Chasm
(518) 585-6619

Some of our most dramatic destinations along the Adirondack Coast. Behold the glory of the "Grand Canyon of the East," Au Sable Chasm, with multiple ways to enjoy the different vantage points and backdrops. Try hiking to the glorious viewpoint of the...

Riverside Drive Loop
Rte 86 and Rte 73, Lake Placid
(518) 523-2445

Begin or end the scenic possibilities with the high vantage point of the ski jumps' 120 meter tower. Follow the river with this quiet, flat loop with abundant photo opportunities. The Ausable River is on one side, and many brooks on the other. The...

Northway Loop
Exit 30, Keene Valley
(518) 523-2445

The scenery along the Northway is quite breathtaking and offers some great views of varying foliage along the route. Then discover our delightful two lane country roads and enchanting small towns. Approximate travel TIME 2 hours. LENGTH: 31 miles for...

Rapid Descent Trail
5021 NYS Route 86, Wilmington
(518) 523-2445

Start at the easy landmark of the Whiteface Mountain Ski Center, and explore the back roads of the stunning Jay area. Don't miss the Jay Rapids and the famous covered bridge! LENGTH: 20 mile loop with side trips. Open views of the AuSable River and...

River Road
River Rd, Lake Placid
(518) 523-2445

Cycling River Road boasts excellent views in both directions for a 4.1 mile one way or 8.2 mile down and back route. Running Run along the Ausable River as it flows in and out along the road. Catch breathtaking views of the High Peaks and Ski Jumps...

Around the Mountain
Main Street, Lake Placid
(518) 523-2445

Scenic cruise around Whiteface and McKenzie mountains. Stunning beauty in any season, but especially striking in the fall. Many hiking opportunities to easily observe riverside views and forest compositions. Dining and service opportunities in Lake...

Franklin Falls Flow is a great place for scenery.
Franklin Falls Loop
Main St, Lake Placid
(518) 523-2445

Cycling Scenic cruise around Whiteface and McKenzie mountains. Stunning beauty in any season, but especially striking in the fall, when crisp temperatures are perfect for longer, more strenuous routes. LENGTH: 46 mile loop. DIRECTIONS: Starting from...

Bear Cub in the woods
Bear Cub Road, Lake Placid
(518) 523-2445

Some extraordinarily beautiful sweeping vistas in what is still farm country, even in the High Peaks. Stop by the Uhlein Forest, home of the Cornell University Sugar Maple Research headquarters, and pick up some maple-y goodies. 6.2 miles there and back.

Ausable River Loop
Heritage Park, Wilmington
(518) 523-2445

Explore both branches of the Ausable River. Take a tour of small towns, and explore the treasure hunting possibilities in the shops and galleries. 54 miles, many pulloffs enroute. Attraction and hiking opportunities. Services at every town.

Mirror Lake Drive
Mirror Lake Drive, Lake Placid
(518) 523-2445

Drive around Mirror Lake, a tranquil spot in the heart of Lake Placid. The town beach and park is off Parkside Drive, just past the Post Office. Pier, benches, playground equipment. 2.7 mile loop.

Whiteface Veterans' Memorial Highway
5021 Route 86, Wilmington
(518) 946-2223

Drive or ride up the historic Whiteface Veterans' Memorial Highway taking you to the top of New York's fifth-highest peak at 4,867 feet. At the top, be sure to check out the Castle Cafe and Gift Shop for great views, local bites, souvenirs and more...

Tour of History Loop
Route 9, Westport
(518) 585-6619

Retrace historic footsteps with a foliage tour that looks out over Lake Champlain from the top of Mount Defiance. Lake Champlain, mountains on both sides, and wonderful winding roads. Striking shoreline vantage points. Crown Point Visitor Information...