The Great Lakes Seaway Trail is a designated National Scenic Byway that takes drivers on a beautiful route along the shores of the Great Lakes. This trail is 518 miles in length overall, but 454 of those miles are in New York state; the rest of the trail is in Pennsylvania. This incredibly scenic drive will take participants through four distinct regions of New York – Lake Erie/Buffalo/Niagara Falls, Rochester/Central Lake Ontario, Eastern Lake Ontario, and Thousand Islands/St. Lawrence River – and it’s spectacular all the way. If you’re looking for an adventure that’s filled with New York beauty, then this is it!

The Great Lakes Seaway Trail is one of the most scenic drives in New York, and a glorious way to see some of the best of New York state. You’ll see stunning views the entire way and you’ll learn a ton about this part of the Empire State on your journey. All total, this route will take a few days to complete (around 450 miles), but your time investment will be well worth it. Safe travels, and enjoy your road trip!

After this, if you’re looking for more breathtaking scenic drives in New York, this lonely highway is a beautiful backroad worth taking.

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Are there any waterfront restaurants in New York?

Speaking of getting out on the water, oceanfront views, lakeside dining, and even spectacular waterfall restaurants all shine in the Empire State - the state has a plethora to choose from, each with a unique personality and even better cuisine! From fine-dining by the water to casual eateries boasting al fresco vibes, some of our favorite waterfront restaurants in New York include:

  • Big Moose Inn, Eagle Bay
  • Blue Pointe Grill, Watkins Glen
  • Blue Water Grill, Skaneateles
  • The Boathouse, Ossining
  • Boatyard Grill, Ithaca
  • Channelside Restaurant, Clayton
  • Half Moon, Dobbs Ferry
  • Harvest on Hudson, Hastings on Hudson
  • Hedges Nine Mile Point, Webster
  • Lakeside Restaurant and Tavern, Hammondsport
  • Naked Turtle, Plattsburgh
  • The Oar Steak and Seafood Grille, Patchogue
  • Pelican's Nest Restaurant, Rochester
  • Red Hat on the River, Irvington
  • Seneca Harbor Station, Watkins Glen
  • Shadows on the Hudson, Poughkeepsie
  • The Silo Restaurant, Lewiston
  • The Suds Factory River Grill, Baldwinsville
  • The Waters Edge Lighthouse, Schenectady
  • X20/Xaviars on the Hudson, Yonkers


For some spectacular restaurants in New York that offer epic dining views both on and off the water, check out some of our favorites. You'll also find that New York has plenty of unique dining options to enjoy as well - like this floating bar!