New York Scenic Drives

New York scenic drives capture the charm and allure of the state's northern lakes and inland rivers, and take you to one of the world's natural wonders, Niagra Falls. The links at the bottom of this page go to articles that will help you plan two New York scenic drives, Lakes to Locks Passage and Seaway Trail. Included are photos, highlights, and detailed maps of each drive.

These scenic drives allow you to avoid the hustle and bustle of the state's east coast and head inland instead. New York's Atlantic shoreline is beautiful, but the beauty of its northern lakes and inland rivers is worth a meandering drive. Take the two scenic drives through New York described below and be sure to stop along the way to visit farmer's stands, historical relics, and stunning parklands.


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Lakes to Locks Passage

Battles along the picturesque lakes and rivers of this region raged after the earliest settlers arrived from Europe -- but once settled, the rich land was coveted by tourists, writers, and elite who helped to preserve it.

Seaway Trail

This drive through upstate New York features views of two of the Great Lakes, the St. Lawrence Seaway, and Niagara Falls. Fruit and vegetable farmers sell their wares along the way, and the shorelines are dotted with lighthouses.


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