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New York's Natural Beauty - 14 days/13 nights
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First Time Visit To The Thousand Islands - 3 days/2 nights
Niagara Falls Seaway Trail Getaway - 3 days/2 nights
A Fly-Drive tour of two of America’s Byways in New York: Seaway Trail and Lakes to Locks
14 days – 13 nights ~ Gateway is New York City
Day 1: Arrive in New York City
Welcome to the Big Apple! Once the capital of the United States, now considered capital of the world, New York City is a wonderful place to visit. Check into your downtown hotel and pick up your travel documents before setting out to explore the city.
Day 2 & 3: New York
Spend the next two days discovering the hundreds of world famous museums. New York has many zoos, parks, gardens and entertainment complexes. A trip to New York City is not complete without a visit to Radio City Music Hall, home to the high kicking Rockettes. The best view of the city can be seen from the Empire State Building. The Statue of Liberty is probably New York’s most popular symbol.
Day 4: Hudson Valley 155 mi/258 km
Today, depart New York and travel up the Hudson Valley. Enjoy the sweep of the riverscape, clouds bunched, the land flourishing, alive, and unspoiled; it is the land 19th century painters Thomas Cole, Charles Herbert Moore and Frederick Church loved. The River cities... Catskill, Hudson, Kingston, Poughkeepsie, Beacon, Newburgh, Ossining, Peekskill … touch the Hudson with street and parkland. America’s aristocracy built magnificent palaces up and down the Hudson River in the last 200 years, using the best architects, landscape artists and decorators. Their estates have been meticulously restored and are open to tours. Arrive in Albany for overnight.
Day 5: Lakes to Locks Passage Scenic Byway 140 mi/233 km
Head north today along the Lakes to Locks, an All American Road. Stop in Waterford at the Canal Visitor Center, the junction of the Champlain and Erie Canals. Continue your drive north on US Route 4 through Mechanicville, Stillwater and Schuylerville, three of the 27 Lakes to Locks Passage “Waypoint Communities” that are eager to meet and greet visitors along the Byway. While driving along US Route 4, note that the Champlain Canal is running parallel to the roadway, often just a “stone’s throw” away. Most of the Canal locks have parks and interpretation about the Canal system. Just north the of the Village of Stillwater, watch for signs to the Saratoga National Historical Park and the Saratoga National Cemetery. As you continue north through Fort Edward, Hudson Falls, Fort Ann and Whitehall be sure to stop at the Visitors Centers and park facilities. Just north of Fort Ann, head east to the museums in Granville to learn about the natural history of the State Valley. In Whitehall the “Birthplace of the US Navy”, you will find great parks, restaurants and shops that open out on the canal. Lakes to Locks passage continues north to Ticonderoga. Throughout Essex County you will find Champlain Valley Heritage Network interpretive signs along the byway. Look to the west as you approach Ticonderoga, at the top of Mount Defiance the American Flag flies at the strategic military outlook for Lake Champlain, to the east are views of Fort Ticonderoga and the fort site at Mount Independence in Vermont. See Fort Ticonderoga and the historic Cable Ferry which operates across the lake during the summer. Continue on to Crown Point to the Penfield Museum, or follow the signs to the Crown Point State Historic Site, Crown Point State Park and the beautiful Chaplain Bridge that crosses Lake Champlain. Then, head west to Lake Placid for overnight.
Day 6 Connect Adirondacks to the Seaway Trail 136 mi/228 km
Today’s journey takes you through the Adirondack Mountains to beautiful Alexandria Bay and the 1000 Islands Region, where you will joinanother one of America’s Byways. Seaway Trail, a 504-milescenic byway paralleling the St. Lawrence River, Lake Ontario, Niagara River, andLake Erie. The first thing a new visitor should do is take a 1000 Islands Boat cruise and visit Boldt Castle. The native people called this region the “Garden of the Great Spirit”. Today, many people remark that this is truly one of the most beautiful places on the planet.
Day 7 Seaway Trail: Thousand Islands
The Thousand Islands are actually over 1800 islands and are nestled in a 30-mile stretch of the St. Lawrence River. Begin your exploration today in Clayton at the Antique Boat Museum, dedicated to the preservation of the fascinating and functional boats of the St. Lawrence River area. Follow the Seaway Trail signs to Sackets Harbor for a stop at the Seaway Trail Discovery Center where you will see 9 rooms of recreational, historic, cultural and natural history interpretive exhibits. Return to Alexandria Bay.
Days 8 & 9 Seaway Trail: Oswego, Sodus Point & Rochester 177 mi/284 km
Travel to Oswego to a visit to Fort Ontario, a star-shaped fort restored to its post Civil War appearance. An orientation exhibit tells the story of the fort; costumed interpreters reenact Fort Ontario life as it was circa 1868. Fort Ontario was our country's only refugee center for victims of the Holocaust during WWII. Continue to Old Sodus Lighthouse open to the public. Another lovely lighthouse can be seen as you enter Rochester: the original Charlotte-Genesee Lighthouse, built in 1822. Arrive in vibrant Rochester for a two-night stay. While there be sure to visit George Eastman House and Strong Museum.
Days 10-11 Seaway Trail: Niagara Falls 86 mi/47km
Continue west along the Seaway Trail toward Niagara Falls. Travel the quaint countryside, cobblestone homes, charming and historic communities, parks, farms, markets and wineries. On the way, visit Thirty Mile Point Lighthouse. Explore Old Fort Niagara, a strategic military site for NEW YORK'S NATURE: A Fly-Drive Tour of Two of America's Byways in New York over 300 years. Then, Niagara Falls welcomes you for a two night stay. Have fun at the Seneca Niagara Casino, on board the Maid of the Mist, experiencing the Cave of the Winds, or riding the Whirlpool Jet Boat.
Day 12 Seaway Trail: Syracuse 163 mi/271km
Travel east today for Syracuse. In the lovely town of Auburn, tour the former homes of ex-slave and Underground Railroad activist Harriet Tubman and William Seward, who served as President Abraham Lincoln's Secretary of State. While in Syracuse, don't miss the Erie Canal Museum and the Museum of Automobile History.
Day 13 Seaway Trail: New York/Home 246mi/410km
Today, head back to New York to catch your homeward flight. Depart, taking with you your memories of the history, scenery, architecture, events, activities and friendly folks along the National Scenic Byways of the Empire State.
Visit six lighthouses open to the public along Lake Erie, Niagara River, Lake Ontario and the St. Lawrence River where keepers during two centuries kept watch for ships and boaters in distress offshore. Each lighthouse has unique histories, interiors, architectural style, towers and lenses.
ITINERARY SUGGESTIONS: Historic Lighthouse & Veteran’s Park Museum (Dunkirk); The White Inn, (Fredonia); Old Fort Niagara Historic Lighthouse (Youngstown); Thirty Mile Point Lighthouse (Barker); Clarion Riverside Hotel (Rochester); Charlotte Genesee Lighthouse (Rochester); Sodus Point Lighthouse (Sodus Point); Ontario Place Hotel (Sackets Harbor); Tibbetts Point Lighthouse (Cape Vincent).
IDEAS TO ADD: Erie Maritime Museum (Erie, PA); Naval & Serviceman’s Park (Buffalo); High Falls (Rochester); H. Lee White Maritime Museum (Oswego); Antique Boat Museum (Clayton)
Historic villages, ocean-going vessels, antique boats, a romantic castle on its own heart-shaped island and more than 1,800 islands grace the 30-mile stretch called the Thousand Islands in the St. Lawrence River at its confluence with Lake Ontario. Watch the world move at a slower, more relaxed pace.
ITINERARY SUGGESTS: Uncle Sam Boat Tours (Alexandria Bay) 2 hour 15 minute narrated boat tour of the Thousand Islands; Boldt Castle on Heart Island (Alexandria Bay); Antique Boat Museum (Clayton); Seaway Trail Discovery Center (Sackets Harbor); and 2 nights lodging in Sackets Harbor or Alexandria Bay.
IDEAS TO ADD: Frederic Remington Art Museum (Ogdensburg) • Singer Island Castle, (Morristown) • Old McDonalds Farm, (Sackets Harbor).
The ultimate romantic destination with unlimited add-ons to create your dream getaway! Watch from the edge as a billion gallons of the Niagara River plunge over the falls every hour! Walk behind the falls or take a boat to its base! See our world-class aquarium! Take a trolley around one of the world’s most popular tourist destinations.
ITINERARY SUGGESTS: 2 nights at the Anchor Motel; “Passport to the Falls” featuring Maid of the Mist, Cave of the Winds, Aquarium of Niagara, Niagara Gorge Discovery Center, Niagara Scenic Trolley and Festival Theater.
IDEAS TO ADD: Niagara Aerospace Museum (Niagara Falls), Old Fort Niagara (Youngstown), New York Power Authority Visitors Center (Lewiston)