New Yorkers like to brag about their roadways, some of which offer the most stunning views you’ll see anywhere in the northeast. It’s why New York, especially upstate, is a top destination for motorcycling enthusiasts. When you’re ready to plan your day trip, or perhaps a multi-day odyssey, consider the following routes.
1. Upper Delaware Scenic Byway
Route 97 is part of the New York State Scenic Byways System. It’s a 70-mile run of breathtaking scenery, friendly communities, and plentiful opportunities for recreation. In fact, this route will take you along the historic Delaware River, which is well-known among locals for being the birthplace of fly fishing in America. You’ll also pass small towns known for their art galleries, museums, and superb local restaurants. The best time to check out this route is in the autumn. It’s been ranked among the top 20 favorite roads in the country for fall foliage.
2. Adirondack Park
The Adirondacks are the pride and joy of New Yorkers. The Adirondack Park is six million acres of wilderness, trails, and mountain ranges—all yours to explore. The best time to check out routes in the Adirondacks is in the summer, when Americade comes to Lake George. As part of this nationally recognized event, you can join a guided tour around the Adirondacks or forge your own path. Within the Adirondacks, there are at least three favorite routes of motorcyclists: NYS Routes 3, 9, and 30. Route 3 passes through the gorgeous Saranac Lake and Lake Placid areas. Route 9, part of the Lakes to Locks Passage, is 225 miles of a history buff’s dream. You’ll pass historic areas like Ticonderoga, the Champlain Canal, and Crown Point. If you try Route 30, The Wild Center is a must-do attraction.
3. The Woodstock Route
Route 28 is perhaps best known as the day trip that will take you through Woodstock. You’ll also pass by the Ashokan Resevoir, with its famous rolling hills. When you reach Phoenicia, look for Main Street and stop by Sweet Sue’s for a tall stack of pancakes.
4. Letchworth State Park
The “Best State Park in America” is located just south of Rochester. Coming from Routes 5 and 20, take Lakeville Road south. You’ll merge into Route 256 and travel along Conesus Lake. Continue on to Route 436 west, and stop by the Big Sky Restaurant and Saloon on Hartman Road. When you reach Portageville on 436, look for Griffith Road. You’ll the entrance to Letchworth State Park near here. There’s a good reason why its nickname is the Grand Canyon of the East. Take your time here—you’ll want to explore all three of the majestic waterfalls. At one of them, the Genesee River spills over a 600-foot drop. Whitewater rafting, kayaking, hot air ballooning, and horseback riding are just a few of the many recreational opportunities you’ll find here.
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Additional Resources for Motorcyclists in NY:
- The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Falls are leading cause of injury and death in older Americans, https://www.cdc.gov/media/releases/2016/p0922-older-adult-falls.html
- New York State, Letchworth State Park, https://parks.ny.gov/parks/79/details.aspx