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Quick Facts
Designation: National Scenic Byway
Designation: New York State Scenic Byway
Fees: Six international bridges and one ferry provide ac
Length, One-Way: 454 Miles (756.67 Kilometers)
Time: A 4 day/3 night tour is the suggested minimum


General Information

Description - Anglers will catch the big one here with some of the world's best year-round sportfishing. With a route along the shore of two of the Great Lakes, water recreation is abundant. Historic lighthouses also line the waters trail creating stops for further exploration. Have a picnic at one of the many state parks that are located along the trail. With so much to do, it may take a month to drive the Seaway Trail!

Attractions - Historic scenery is a description of the landscape and vacation opportunities of New York State's Seaway Trail, a 454-mile scenic byway paralleling the St. Lawrence River, Lake Ontario, Niagara River, and Lake Erie. The people and communities along this byway take pride in thier place in history. This fascinating area brings the nation's earliest days to life and makes the nation's present days more lively. Byway travelers enjoy a drive with naturally scenic landscapes, welcoming harbors, city skylines, and quaint villages. Fresh fruits and vegetables, herbal vinegars, apple pie, and the sweetest corn in the country are found at farmer's markets, county fairs, and u-pick farms. Festivals celebrate every season from Chautauqua's vineyards to Niagara Falls. Beyond the flavor of the rural community, travelers will find high culture in the cities along the byway as well. Cities like Rochester and Buffalo offer a myriad of musuems and a slew of historic sites.

Recreation - Anglers will catch the big one here with some of the world's best year-round sportfishing. With a route along the shore of two of the Great Lakes, water recreation is abundant. Historic lighthouses also line the waters trail creating stops for further exploration. Have a picnic at one of the many state parks that are located along the trail. With so much to do, it may take a month to drive the Seaway Trail!

Climate - New York experiences four distinct seasons, with spring and fall being the most pleasant times to travel through the region. Humidity in the southeastern areas of the state can make summer travel uncomfortable, although many festivals and special events occur during that season. Summer highs in the lower elevations of New York usually don't surpass 90 degrees F. Thunderstorms occur a few times a week and can bring needed relief from the heat. During the fall and spring humidity levels drop with temperatures and make for pleasantly mild traveling weather. Fall brings brilliant color changes in the leaves and spring bring blooming flowers to all regions of the state. Winter travel can be hazardous as the western portion of the state receives extreme amounts of snow. Debilitating ice storms hit the southeastern portion of the state as often as snow. Although the major highways are usually clear soon after snow, in time to reach the ski resorts in northern New York.

Location - This touring route along the coast of the eastern Great Lakes demonstrates the forces of nature through a landscape that was formed by glaciers and shaped by wind and water.

Directions from : This byway follows a series of state and county roads paralleling New York State's waterfront along the St. Lawrence River, Lake Ontario, Niagara River, and Lake Erie. It begins in Rooseveltown, NY on the St. Lawrence River and ends near Ripley, NY, at the New York-Pennsylvania border. (Seaway Trail Pennsylvania continues 50 miles to the Ohio border.) It is well marked by official byway signs.


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Number of People Encountered: 50+ ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: The Seaway it self is wonderful.With the many locks and power dams.The St. Lawrence is most beautiful, and don't miss 1000 Islands and Bolt Castle


Recreation Opportunities
Activity Remarks On Site
ICON Scenic Driving Seaway Trail
Yes
ICON Viewing Scenery Seaway Trail
Yes


More Information

Additional Information:
New York Scenic Byways - New York State's Scenic BywaysProgram boasts a 2,000 mile statewide network of scenic byways including one National Scenic Byway, the Seaway Trail.

Links:
Scenic Byways Homepage - National Scenic Byways official web site with detailed info on all national and state byways.

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