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Albany, the state capital, sits on the Hudson River in central New York and was in its earliest years the gateway to western New York, traveling the Erie Canal to the Great Lakes. The Capitol Building looks for all the world like a château and the grand and large plazas in front... more

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Continuing along on Route 37 from Ogdensburg, then follow Route 12 to Alexandria Bay. The town was built out onto a promontory into the bay and is now the center of much of the area’s tourism. Boat tours depart from the town and while cruising the bay one can see many ... more

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In the village of Blue Mountain Lake, at the junction of Routes 28 and 30, is the Adirondacks Museum, a compound of buildings, galleries, and exhibit halls, which is thought of as the Smithsonian Museum of the Adirondacks. It is unfortunately open only from Memorial Day to mid-Oc... more

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Outside the usual tourist areas of interest, there are additional sights well worth time if that is available or if your interest is so sparked. These would include in the Bronx, the Bronx Zoo, the largest urban wildlife park in the United States (Bronx River Parkway at Fordham Road, ... more

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The city of Buffalo, the second-largest city in the state and the center of business and the arts in western New York, is just south of Niagara Falls. Downtown Buffalo has many 19th- and 20th-century buildings built in the then-popular art deco style of architecture. On the 28th floor... more

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There is a series of towns at the northern tips of the lakes along Route 20 that are interesting to visit, including Canandaigua with the Sonnenburg Gardens and Museum (585-394-4922 weekdays, 585-393-9404 weekends) and the Granger Homestead and Carriage Museum, a showcase of... more

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Eleven miles farther on from Alexandria Bay, in the town of Clayton, is the Antique Boat Museum, in which are displayed some 150 of the freshwater boats that plied the waters of the area (315-686-4104).... more

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Nestled on the south tip of Lake Otsego, Cooperstown, equidistant between I-88 and Route 20, is best known as the home of the National Baseball Hall of Fame, whose three floors contain the history, memorabilia, data, and records of those who made this sport what it is today. Ther... more

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After this visit to the western part of New York State take I-86 east to Corning. Be sure to plan a stop and tour of the Corning Museum of Glass. The primary reason for visiting the museum is to see the exhibits of glass spanning 3,500 years—these are extraordinary exhibits and ... more

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Southeast of Buffalo in East Aurora via Route 400 south is the Roycroft Campus and the Elbert Hubbard-Roycroft Museum, located on the former site of the manufacturers of furniture and accessories in the Arts and Crafts style.... more

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In Garrison-on-Hudson there is an example of the finest of American Federal architecture, interiors, and furniture—Boscobel, whose contents have been meticulously assembled to show the influence of the period of the Adam style. Of particular note is the freestanding stairway in ... more

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In Geneva take a moment to visit Rosa Hill Mansion, a Greek Revival mansion built in 1839 (315-789-3848).... more

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From Corning, the quickest way to reach Albany is to travel to Binghamton and pick up the I-88 from there. However, you may want to detour northeast on Route 13 to Ithaca, site of Cornell University, founded in 1886, which sits high above the town. Cornell has tours of its campus, bes... more

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From Chautauqua, cross the lake at Stow and travel east to Jamestown. Set on the river just inland from the lake’s eastern shore, Jamestown was Lucille Ball’s childhood home and there is a museum, the Lucille Ball-Desi Arnaz Center (716-484-0800) that serves as a tribute t... more

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Entrance to the Catskills, an area of great beauty, is through the town of Kingston, which sits on the west bank at the edge of the Hudson River and the Catskills. With the town dating back to the 17th century, there is much to be enjoyed in strolling through the historic district&mda... more

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In the early 1930s the Adirondacks became famous when Lake Placid, reached by taking Route 73 from I-87 north (the New York State Thruway), hosted the Winter Olympics, as it did again in 1980. The Olympic Stadium, with its four ice-skating rinks, is available for touring by appointmen... more

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So very different from the eastern part of the state is its rural western fringe with its important farming industry. There are many small towns in this area, interconnecting with one another on winding roads that force the traveler to slow down and enjoy the region. Most of the visit... more

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Ogdensburg was the birthplace of famed artist Frederic Remington and is home to a museum named for him. The museum showcases his paintings and sculpures.... more

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Halfway between Buffalo and Syracuse just north of I-90 lies the city of Rochester, the state’s third-largest city. This is a city of learning institutions, including the University of Rochester with the Eastman School of Music. The city is also the home of the Rochester Sy... more

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From Clayton proceed south to Sackets Harbor, now a commercial center for local tourism. The positioning of Sackets Harbor is such that it played a historical role as the center of naval activity in the early 1800s.... more

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North of Albany and easily accessible from I-87 (the New York State Thruway) is the town of Saratoga Springs, a town of Victorian homes with wide wraparound front porches and great character. Between 1865 and 1900 Saratoga Springs was the summer resort to which all the “right&rd... more

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Depending on your route to Albany, retracing your tracks south to the I-88 or continuing north from Ithaca and turning east on Route 20, there are several areas of interest, including the Mohawk Valley, an area where settlers and travelers in the 18th and 19th centuries moved along th... more

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As you drive south either on the picturesque Route 3 along Lake Ontario or more speedily on I-81, you arrive in Syracuse. Here you find the Erie Canal Museum, which depicts the history of the development of the Erie Canal and its role in the growth of trade in the areas it served. On ... more

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