A Great American Road Trip on one of America’s Byways
The Great Lakes Seaway Trail stretches 454 miles from its northernmost international bridge at Massena, NY to its Seaway Trail Pennsylvania link on Lake Erie, and continues another 64 miles to the Ohio line. The signed driving route connects historic villages and vibrant cities with scenic landscapes and diverse destinations along the St. Lawrence River, Lake Ontario, the Niagara River and Lake Erie.
The Great Lakes Seaway Trail is extremely proud to have been selected as one of America’s Byways by the U.S. Department of Transportation. America’s Byways “possess outstanding qualities that exemplify the regional characteristics of our nation.” The Great Lakes Seaway Trail was chosen for its unique landscape which has been sculpted by the forces of nature and for its historical significance.
The mission of the Great Lakes Seaway Trail Inc. is to increase tourism revenues and to enhance the economic well-being and quality of life for travelers, communities, and members throughout the Great Lakes Seaway Trail by managing and marketing it as the leading scenic byway.
The Great Lakes Seaway Trail Inc. is nationally recognized as a leader for reinvigorating the Great Lakes Seaway Trail as a premier travel destination. By realizing our full potential, we are one of the best well-known, traveled, and loved byways of America. Our members continuously earn the highest of ratings among consumers.
The Great Lakes Seaway Trail, Inc. is a not-for-profit organization.
The Great Lakes Seaway Trail Inc. serves its members and local governments by promoting and advocating for the wise and sustained use of the inland coastal corridor as a scenic byway. Great Lakes Seaway Trail, Inc. facilitates their ability to interact with the tourist and with each other. By doing so, businesses, local governments, counties, and residents benefit from a coordinated approach to the management of its unique intrinsic qualities and tourism promotion. A by-product of Seaway Trail, Inc. programming provides residents along the byway with local recreational, educational and employment opportunities, a sense of identity as a scenic byway community, and an enhanced quality of life.
- Pursue an increased but stable rate of economic development and growth of the tourism industry throughout the Seaway Trail region
- Protect and enhance the scenic, natural and cultural resources of the Seaway Trail region
- Develop the Seaway Trail region as a high quality experience for recreation and vacations.
- Travelers Signage – Over 60 Great Lakes Seaway Trail kiosks featuring maps and information are located in byway communities and destinations. Over 150 resource sites have received Great Lakes Seaway Trail interpretive panels that “tell the story of that specific site”.
- Publications – annual Journey magazine and guidebook series
- Planning – Tourism Development Plans for Seaway Trail regions, Byway Interpretation Plan, Conservation Plan (under development)
- Marketing – ongoing domestic and international public relations and travel trade initiatives, including targeted niche markets.