Road Trip on the Scenic Byway

-- Guest contributor Nancy Furdock, Destination Hancock

Some of the fondest memories from our youth involve the excitement of a spontaneous expedition to parts unknown. One of the best opportunities to create new memories this Autumn lies in the 70-mile stretch of Route 97 known as the Upper Delaware Scenic Byway. Whether you enter the Byway from its northern gateway in Hancock, from the southern gateway in Port Jervis, or somewhere in-between, there's a lot to see and do along the way!

Check Out The Fall Foliage
There's a reason why the Upper Delaware Scenic Byway was named the #1 Scenic Autumn Drive in the Northeast and 2nd in the entire country by USA Today. Stunning views and a rainbow of Autumn colors await you all along the Byway from beginning to end. Revel in the breathtaking vistas one moment... the next, find yourself beneath a canopy of trees with diamonds of filtered sunlight leading your way.

Enjoy The Ride
The Upper Delaware Scenic Byway offers a car- and motorcycle-friendly drive that invites you to ramble unhurriedly alongside the majestic river, through quaint towns and villages, and high above the sky at the famed Hawk's Nest. An easy trip from New York City, the Byway can be enjoyed in a day... or spend the weekend to get the full experience of this national gem.

Stop and Say "Hi!"
The hospitality you'll encounter along the Byway is unrivaled anywhere in the country. Friendly folks await your arrival and are excited to share their stories of how they landed in the area, their knowledge of local lore, and "insider information" on the hidden hot spots to visit during your stay.

Immerse Yourself in History
From bridges and books to battlegrounds and bluestone, the Upper Delaware Scenic Byway is a history buff's dream! Visit the many museums and historical societies along the way, tour the home and burial place of prolific western author Zane Grey, marvel at the precision engineering of the Roebling Bridge, and learn about New York City's intimate connection with the bluestone and logging industry that remain vibrant in the area to this day.

Watch for Wildlife
Eagles, deer, bear, fish, and turkey abound in the richly diverse and fragile ecosystem that shares the land surrounding the Byway. Watch for pull-offs and signs marking eagle viewing locations along the way. And remember, our wildlife is precious... and so are you! Never approach a wild animal to get a closer look.

Taste the Local Flavor
Whew! After all the excitement, you're going to need some nourishment! All along the Upper Delaware Scenic Byway, you'll find fantastic food and numerous options. Start with Ray Turner's smoked eel and cheeses or home made baked goods from Two Sisters in Hancock and eat your way to Port Jervis for some of the tastiest treats this side of NYC!

Want more? Wind your way over to to learn more and plan your adventure! We'll see you on the Byway!