The Heart of the High Peaks Awaits
This trail has everything a road trip should: retro cool, gorgeous views, and plenty of picturesque — and wild! — stops. Wind through and around the beautiful Saranac Lakes, dotted with green islands, climb stunning Whiteface Mountain on two wheels, and marvel at peaks rising around you. Whiteface is the 5th highest peak in the state and the Veterans' Memorial Highway is both a classic ride and a great way to view the majesty of the Adirondacks all around. You'll enjoy the best of everything as you travel through the historic downtowns of Saranac Lake and Lake Placid, which has twice hosted the Olympic Winter Games, before you head back out into great scenery. Get away from it all on beautiful back roads, some of the prettiest around. The stretch between Saranac Lake and Whiteface takes you along the tumbling Saranac River and Franklin Falls Flow, while between Wilmington and Lake Placid, the narrow curves of the road follow the Ausable River for a truly beautiful cruise. As you head towards Keene and Keene Valley, you'll learn why generations of visitors have come here for the perfect Adirondack vacation.
Through valleys, along rivers and lakes, and atop a rocky peak, you'll find that on a perfectly rambling ride like this, the journey really is the destination.