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Along the Byway

A series of articles about some of the many themes that you can experience on the Byway.

Bicycle the Byway

We’ve arrived to that time of year again when turning to pedal power can be a great way to experience an area. Traveling the Cayuga Lake Scenic Byway by bicycle allows you to engage more deeply with the landscape and is another Byway experience you really should try. The trip need not be done in one or even two days. Breaking the trip up into multiple legs will give you an opportunity to experience all that makes the Byway a worthy destination. Stop by road side stands for special local treats, dip your toes in the lake to cool off at the local and state parks, indulge in an ice cream sundae (yup, even on your bike you can do our Sundae Drive), sip a glass of Cayuga Lake’s splendid wine at the end of your ride as you sit on the porch of a beautiful bed and breakfast bathed in the warmth of the setting sun.

And here’s really good news, bicycling through the City of Ithaca is now even easier. The Cayuga Waterfront Trail, the 5.5-mile trail along the city’s waterfront, is now complete. You can catch the trail on either side of Cayuga Lake (off NYS Route 89 on the west side and NYS Route 34 on the east side) and continue your bicycle trip through the city off-street. Check out the trail’s website,, for more details.

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