The Best Scenic Drives in the Adirondacks

Breathtaking views, scenic overlooks, and fiery autumnal hues – these are just a few of the things waiting for you on scenic drives in the Adirondacks.  We know one of the many great reasons to get away and out of the city is to rest, relax, and not “do” anything – and you don’t have to do much to enjoy the spectacular fall scenery in Upstate New York!  In fact, just the drive here from New York City is something special, with plenty of great views and scenery to take in along the way.

Once you’re here, you can continue the fall exploration outside with hikes, bike rides, and even more scenic drives, or you can relax to your heart’s content in the comfortable accommodations found at Friends Lake Inn. Our Upstate New York Hotel is the only of its kind offering exquisite accommodations, access to private nature trails for an immersive experience in the outdoors, and farm-to-table dining in our high-end restaurant.

Our boutique hotel truly does offer everything you crave about an Adirondacks getaway.  Join us for a stunning fall season this year, and book your room at our Upstate New York Hotel today!

Beautiful vistas enjoyed at the best scenic drives in the adirondacks

8 Amazing Scenic Drives in the Adirondacks

There are quite a few miles of stunning scenic drives to take in Upstate New York, many of which crisscross the Adirondacks. What you can expect to find on just about any of these amazing scenic drives in the Adirondacks are breathtaking lakeside vistas, deep, colorful forest roads, winding mountain highways, roaring whitewater rapids, and cascading waterfalls. It all works together to paint a truly mesmerizing picture – and is something we don’t think you’ll want to miss this fall.

There are many scenic drives in the Adirondacks to choose from, many of which showcase the best of the best when it comes to showcasing this region’s natural beauty. With so many miles of highways here to explore, there’s certainly no shortage of scenic drives – and you can traverse the area without setting wheels on the same road twice if you plan carefully.  There are several great scenic drives in the Adirondacks, just a short distance from our hotel.  Here are 10 of the best of them:

  1. Head west on the Blue Ridge Road between Hudson and Newcomb. It’s a 17-mile route that takes you on a fairly remote yet stunning section of the southern Adirondack High Peaks Region. Extend the drive another 10 miles and head to Long Lake – you won’t be sorry!
  2. The Lakes to Lock Passage near Lake George is another stunning scenic drive in the Adirondacks. There’s quite a bit of history to explore along this route, given that there were several battles fought here for the  Indian War, the War for Independence, and the War of 1812. You’ll also enjoy access to charming cities, rural landscapes, recreational areas, and plenty of amazing scenery.
  3. The High Peaks Byway is a “must-do” when it comes to scenic drives in the Adirondacks. It’s a little farther away from our hotel but well worth it, as it winds past the Adirondacks’ highest peaks and along some of its most picturesque waters. There’s a reason it’s considered to be one of the best scenic drives in New York.
  4. Combine great mountain and lake views into one great trip as you drive the 24 beautiful miles from Indian Lake to Speculator on Route 28/30
  5. The Central Adirondack Trail is an exceptional 140-mile route that can be completed by both car and canoe. Start the trip at the Cooper’s Cave Bridge in Glens Falls, and then continue northwest through the heart of the Adirondacks to Rome, NY.  Along the way, you’ll pass plenty of historic waterways and beautiful lakes.
  6. Enjoy a stunning 360-degree view from the Prospect Mountain Veteran’s Memorial Highway. This drive truly offers some of the best panoramic vistas around.
  7. The Roosevelt-Marcy Trail Scenic Byway is another great scenic drive to take, especially if you’re into history. It follows the famous ride Teddy Roosevelt took as he came down from his hike on Mount Marcy to learn that he would become the 26th president of the United States.
  8. Though you can take an amazing paddle between Tupper Lake and Long Lake, you can also enjoy the drive, taking in the scenery without putting in too much effort. The route follows the famous NY 30.

Come enjoy the best scenic drives in the Adirondacks This fall

The Best Getaway in the Adirondacks

With endless opportunities to curate your adventures, you’ll find that Friends Lake Inn is the perfect autumn destination for those seeking adventure, peacefulness, and a little cosmic magic. You’ll find a wonderful range of guest rooms, from our expansive Lake Rooms to our cozy Bird Rooms. We have no doubt you’ll find exactly the room that speaks to you for your Upstate New York getaway this fall.

In the morning, we’ll treat you to a delicious breakfast, always included in the cost of your stay, in our sunny Birch Bistro.  Enjoy the day curled up in front of a fireplace, reading a favorite book, watching Netflix, or otherwise relaxing.  If you’re up for it, take a walk outside on the private trails adjacent to our property.

Whatever you want to do while you’re here, we’d love to help you plan.  Just make sure you include our exquisite Adirondacks restaurant in your dining plans – you won’t find another meal quite as good in the area!

Fall weekends are a popular time to get away to enjoy scenic drives in the Adirondacks and more.  Accordingly, weekend availability is limited. You’ll want to act fast to secure those coveted spots, but also, don’t forget about our great midweek rates, too!  There’s nothing like the Adirondacks in the fall. Book your room at our Upstate New York hotel today! 

Start planning your getaway to Upstate New York and the Adirondacks.  The weather is crisp, the crowds have dispersed and now you can enjoy the best season up north.

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