The Revolutionary Trail runs through the southern Adirondacks, from east west between Albany and the shores Lake Ontario. This 158-mile ride features a variety of historic cities, scenic valleys, and woodlands.
Begin in Albany and head to Utica on Route 5. Ride West through Schenectady and Scotia, along the Mohawk River through the communities of Fort Johnson, Fort Hunter, and Fonda. The Revolutionary Trail continues via the Palatine Bridge, named for the Germans who settled the area.
Past Palatine Bridge, the byway continues toward Herkimer, where you can hunt for Herkimer diamonds or visit the fascinating geologic potholes at Moss Island.
The trail continues on Route 5 to Utica, home of the Italian Cultural Center and Museum and the Polish Center and Museum. Visit the Munson-Williams-Proctor Institute, which is famous for its collections of 18th, 19th, and 20th century American and European arts, the Stanley Performing Arts Center, a restored 1927 movie palace, and visit the Utica Symphony, offering professional dance, theatre, and concerts.
Tour F.X. Matt Brewery, home of the famous Saranac line of beer and soda, or swing by the outlets for Oneida silver, Corning-Revere Ware and more. Continue on Route 49, toward Oriskany and visit the Oriskany battle site, before continuing on to Fort Stanwix in Rome.
While in Rome, visit the Erie Canal Village, which highlights the development of New York's canal system. Tour the reconstructed cheese factory, the old hotel, or the New York Central Train Station.