- This Byway is located in the central portion of New York state in the heart of the Adirondack Mountain Range
- 48 miles (77 km)
- 45 minutes
More than 4 million people travel the High Peaks Scenic Highway (Route 73) each year to see the greatest expanse of wilderness in the Eastern United States, the Adirondack Park. Over 6 million acres of mountains, forests, rivers, streams and lakes are spread out, forming the biggest publically-protected region in the continental U.S. - greater than Glacier, the Everglades, Yellowstone, and the Grand Canyon National Parks put together.
Rock climbing or hiking the mountain paths, biking through miles of handsome scenery, photographing the mountain peaks and panoramic views, exploring the wildlife of the area, sweeping down the slopes on powdered snow, and canoeing on the pristine waters is just a small sample of everything this area has to offer. This is also the home of world-class and Olympic luge and bobsled trial competitions.
Wiggling through the High Peaks area of the Adirondacks where more than 40 mountain crests reach a height of over 4,000 feet, Route 73 treks through some of the most spectacular scenery in the country. For 30 miles, the Byway winds along mountain passes and rich green forests, lush river valleys and quaint little villages. Truly, a pathway to paradise.
Amid these awesome surroundings, recreational activities flourish. In addition to numerous cultural, historical and archeological interests in the area, there are countless avenues for outdoor sports.
Take Interstate 87 North from Albany, also known as the Adirondack Northway ("America's Most Scenic Highway" ) or South from Montreal to Elizabethtown. Then, enter Route 73 and continue on to Lake Placid where the Byway ends.