New scenic byways map now available

SARANAC LAKE As the leaves continue to change into their brilliant autumn hue, a new guide has been unveiled to direct those touring the North Country through some of the areas most scenic destinations. The sixth edition of the Adirondack North Country Region Road Map and Scenic Byways Birding Guide was recently released, promoting all 14 designated New York State Byways from Lake Champlain to Lake Ontario and from the Canadian border to the Mohawk Valley. The guide, which was a joint project of the Adirondack North Country Association and the Adirondack Regional Tourism Council, features hundreds of natural cultural, recreational, historical and scenic resources that are free and open to the public. ANCAs program director, Sharon OBrien, said she sees the project as a great asset for the tourism industry and regional economic development. These maps give information not only about the Adirondack Park, but its surrounding counties and communities, which especially great this time of year with the leaf-peepers wanting to enjoy the fall foliage, said OBrien. Three of the 14 designated scenic byways in the state are located in the tri-county area. The routes include the Military Byway, an 84-mile route from Lake Champlain to the St. Lawrence Seaway; the Lakes to Locks Passage, a 225-mile route from Lake George to Quebec; and the Olympic Trail Scenic Byway, which stretches 170 miles from Keeseville through Lake Placid to State Route 180 in Jefferson County. The information found in the maps provide invaluable insight into some of the states most scenic views and interesting destinations, said OBrien, which may be a reason why the guides have become in such high demand. The latest edition had 200,000 copies printed. There are numerous chambers of commerce throughout the North Country region, throughout the counties, that call our office on an ongoing basis, telling us they need more maps, that they cannot keep them on the shelves, said OBrien. Plattsburgh-North Country Chamber of Commerce president Garry F. Douglas said his chamber if one of them. This map has long been a key tool in serving our visitors and helping them to make the most of their visit to the North Country, Douglas said. Thousands of tourists walk into our chamber throughout the year, and almost every one of them leaves with a map. They definitely draw people to the region, but just as importantly, they circulate visitors through communities and areas of the North Country most would otherwise not enjoy while theyre here, said Douglas. The new map was made possible through the New York State Scenic Byways Program. The project was managed by the Adirondack North Country Association, funded by the Federal Highway Administration and administered by the New York State Department of Transportation The free maps are available at locations such as the Plattsburgh-North Country Chamber of Commerce on State Route 9 in the town of Plattsburgh and at visitors centers throughout the region. Copies may also be obtained by calling the Adirondack Regional Tourism Council at 846-8016 or the Adirondack North Country Association, 891-6200. For more information, visit www.adirondack.org or www.visitadirondacks.com.

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