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Along the Byway

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

Cayuga Lake is surrounded by so many interesting places to visit that it’s sometimes easy to overlook exciting opportunities to Enjoy the Ride! The Along The Byway section contains a series of articles about some of the hidden treasures and unique experiences to be found on the Byway.

Share Your Byway Photos With Us

We know you are out there enjoying all things Byway. We’d really love to include photos that you’ve taken on your trip. It’s easy to share, just click on Gallery and select either “please click here” in the text or click on Submit a Photo/Video in the box on the right hand side of the Gallery page. We can’t wait read more »

Take Home A Whale Of A Tale

Fishing Cayuga Lake is just one of the many activities you can participate in on your trip to the Cayuga Lake Scenic Byway. Just how good is the fishing? Well it’s so good that the BASSMASTERS professionals plied the waters of Cayuga Lake in June 2016 for the top prize in their Elite Series Tournament and they will be returning read more »

Birding Along the Way

Bring your binoculars! For casual and serious birders alike, the Cayuga Lake Scenic Byway is a treasure trove for birding. From the many excellent birding sites along the lake to a nationally important wildlife and waterfowl refuge and an internationally renowned ornithology research lab, Cayuga Lake has plenty to keep bird enthusiasts interested. Birding in the area is a rich read more »

History Abounds in the Cayuga Lake Landscape

Once the frontier of the United States, the Cayuga Lake region was home to progressive cultural movements and industrial innovations. The Erie Canal, now referred to as the Barge Canal, is one of the early transportation innovations. The canal system will soon be up and operating again for the season. If you’ve never seen how a canal lock functions, stop read more »

Cayuga Lake’s Marshes

Now that the 2018 busy travel season has arrived, we want to remind you about visiting a very important habitat on your trip around the Cayuga Lake basin – the cattail marsh. The cattail marsh is an important habitat area for a wide variety of the animal kingdom – songbirds, waterfowl, fish, insects, reptiles, amphibians and mammals. Alas, it is read more »

Nature’s Magnificent Aerial Anglers

As you travel the Byway this year, take some time to visit the many sites around Cayuga Lake where you can experience the majesty of Cayuga Lake’s aerial anglers – the bald eagle and osprey. The Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge is a great starting point at the north end of the lake to view bald eagle’s nests. Our nation’s bird read more »

The Great Migration Begins

As fall and winter approach, many of our summer residents – people and wildife – begin their migration south to ride out the colder months in warmer climates. The monarch butterfly is just one of our migrating residents. Read more about this beautiful but endangered summer resident. Photo: Monarch getting ready to be released as part of the Monarch Watch read more »

Cayuga Lake Wineries

Imagine sipping exquisite wine while looking out on a spectacular view of vineyards sloping down to Cayuga Lake. There are 26 wineries around Cayuga Lake, and visiting one or more of them can lead to some of the most delightful experiences along the Byway. read more »

The Green Heart of the Finger Lakes

Once you spend time exploring the Finger Lakes region of New York State, whether you live here or are vacationing here, you can’t help but fall in love with the scenic beauty, rich history and eclectic culture. Celebrating that love and passion and sharing it with friends and family just got a bit easier along the Cayuga Lake Scenic Byway. read more »

Exploring Ithaca on Two Wheels

In April 2018, Bike Walk Tompkins and the City of Ithaca launched a new bikeshare program that aims to make Ithaca and Tompkins County a community where walking and biking are safe and convenient for people of all ages and abilities. LimeBike, a private dockless bikeshare operator, will deploy 200+ bicycles conveniently around the city and outlying communities. Folks looking read more »

Destination Cayuga Lake Scenic Byway

Check out our video to get a preview of a few of the destinations you can experience along the Cayuga Lake Scenic Byway. We know you’ll have a great time visiting us. ENJOY THE RIDE! read more »

Taughannock Falls
Natural Wonders

A trip around the Cayuga Lake Scenic Byway offers plenty of places of beauty and natural wonder. The lake itself, the rolling farmlands, the striking waterfalls and gorges all contribute to a sense of bounty and connection to nature. Here are just a few of the places you may want to visit. Taughannock Falls At 215 feet, Taughannock Falls, on read more »

Anchors Away Mateys!

A trip to the Cayuga Lake Scenic Byway isn’t complete without an on-the-water experience to cap off your driving adventure around the lake. In 2018, you will have another option to get out on the water and experience the landscape from an entirely different perspective. Discover Cayuga Lake Boat Tours is introducing tours and charters aboard their 63-foot MV Teal. read more »

2012 Geocaching Coin
Geocaching Your Way Around the Byway

We still have our beautiful, collectible 10th Anniversary coins available. Whether you are a die-hard geocacher or new to the sport, geocaching the Byway is a great way to explore some of the off-the-beaten-path corners along the byway route. For more information about our trail, visit our Geocaching page. AND, if you are new to this fun scavenger-hunt-style sport check read more »

There’s an island in Cayuga Lake?

Yes, indeed there is – Frontenac Island. The island is located at the northeast end of Cayuga Lake off the shores of the village of Union Springs. While it appears to be just a large vegetation clump in the lake, this island has a very interesting past dating back thousands of years! So, read on to learn about some of read more »

Put on Those Dancing Shoes!

The number of music venues on the Byway continues to grow each year, along with the variety of music genres you can enjoy. Here are just a few of the venues to get you started on your musical journey around the Byway. Americana Vineyards Fridays, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.; Saturdays, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.; Sundays, 4 p.m. to read more »

Tweet! Tweet!

Don’t forget to share your adventures along the Cayuga Lake Scenic Byway on our Twitter account. This is another great way for you and us to share travels and experiences on the Cayuga Lake Scenic Byway.  Tweet us at Cayuga Lake Scenic Byway Twitter. read more »