NYS ROUTE 97 – Vote once a day through noon on September 28 to raise the ranking of the Upper Delaware Scenic Byway in USA TODAY’s “Best Scenic Autumn Drive” Readers’ Choice contest.
USA TODAY’s ‘10Best’ travel experts selected the 2002 state-designated Route 97 corridor among its 20 favorite, fall foliage-lined stretches of pavement. It’s the only New York State highway to make the list.
Vote on-line at www.10best.com/awards/travel/best-scenic-autumn-drive/ or through social media sources.
The description raves, “See the changing leaves on this 70-mile byway along the banks of the Delaware River. The Upper Delaware Scenic Byway (also called Route 97) passes breathtaking vistas and hiking trails, panoramic views, side roads to explore, fishing banks and the Elks Brox Memorial Park. On the way, visitors can stop in small towns and check out shops, museums and art galleries, and choose from local restaurants to grab a bite to eat. The Upper Delaware Scenic Byway is popular among motorcyclists and road bikers, as well as visitors in cars wanting a glimpse at the changing of seasons.”
The Upper Delaware Scenic Byway runs through the Counties of Delaware, Sullivan, and Orange, largely paralleling the National Park Service Upper Delaware Scenic and Recreational River on the border between New York State and the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.
Member communities are the Village of Hancock, Towns of Delaware, Cochecton, Tusten, Highland, Lumberland, and Deerpark, and the City of Port Jervis.
Scenic byways are dedicated to protecting their region’s outstanding character, heritage, and beauty, while encouraging economic development through tourism and recreation.
For information on the Upper Delaware Scenic Byway, Inc.’s activities and volunteer leadership committee or to request a travelogue brochure, please visit www.upperdelawarescenicbyway.org or call toll-free (866) 511-UDSB (8372).