Imagine a road that connects pristine natural wonders with classic American small-town main streets and dozens of working lighthouses. Suppose that same route could also go back in time to the days of magnificent sailing ships, and massive fortifications guarded by watchful soldiers, and to canal barges, cobblestone houses, and horse-powered farms. And what if that road also leads to vibrant cities, now redefining their future with revitalized urban resources—waterfront festivals and performances, riverwalks and green spaces, and unique museums. Then add world-class fishing, state-of-the-art wineries, spectacular sunsets over the water, miles of shoreline beaches and bird-watching, and a couple of island castles. That road trip is waiting for you on the Great Lakes Seaway Trail. The Seaway Trail scenic touring route was first established in New York State in 1978, then 80 miles along the St. Lawrence River. Today the Great Lakes Seaway Trail is 518 miles long, with designated roads following Lake Erie, the Niagara River, Lake Ontario, and the St. Lawrence River, extending from the Pennsylvania-Ohio border to the American-Canadian border where the St. Lawrence heads into Canada. The route was named a National Scenic Byway in 1996, one of the first in the nation. Today this scenic byway is enjoyed by U.S. and international visitors alike, drawn to discover an authentic American road trip. The Great Lakes Seaway Trail is especially welcoming to motorcycle touring, with its long stretches of open road through miles of rural scenery, often alongside a lake or river shore. The route also includes plenty of towns and communities for stopping for a rest, refueling, a bite to eat, some sightseeing, and friendly encounters with local folks. The handful of larger cities along the way add more options for dining and other urban amenities. The Seaway Trail is also ideal for short trips along part of the route as well as longer excursions.
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