Description - New York State's Scenic BywaysProgram boasts a 2,000 mile statewide network of scenic byways including one National Scenic Byway, the Seaway Trail.
- Seaway Trail, 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. Historic and picturesque lighthouses dot the landscape along the trail. New York's additional twelve state designated byways provide scenic and historic journeys throughout the state.
Recreation - Byways provide access to numerous cultural, historical, natural, recreational and scenic sites. Some of the most popular activities along the byways include hiking, camping, picnicking, biking, fishing, photographing scenery, viewing historic sites and of course scenic driving.
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.
Byways travel through scenic and historic areas throughout the state. Maps are available on the individual descriptive pages.