Starting from magnificent Niagara Falls, we will boat on the Erie Canal and then head to the Finger Lakes for some wine tasting, hiking and flea/craft marketing along with a visit to the Corning glass works. We then will stay in the 1000 Islands (actually 1864) and take a look at Boldt Castle. A drive through the Adironcacks (the largest publicly protected area in the contiguous United States) will bring us to Lake Placid/Whiteface Mountain and the US Olympic Training Complex for a tour and an option to try out some Olympic events on your free day. Traveling down I-87, the Northway, we will stay in the Lake George area to explore Ft. Ticonderoga, Saratoga Springs (the city, the racetrack, the Battlefield and the charming towns along Route 9). Southward again to the Catskills Region to see an airshow at the Rhinebeck Aerodrome, cruise the Hudson, tour the US Military Academy at West Point and have something to eat at the Culinary Institute of America, aka ‘the CIA’. An extra day in the Catskills means you can choose your own adventure – hang gliding, parachuting, zip-lining, hiking the ‘Gunks’, visiting Woodstock (Bethel Farms), shopping at Woodbury Commons Outlet Mall or just relaxing. Our final stop is Croton-on-Hudson, about an hour and a half from NYC; for the next two days our own motor coach will take us into Manhattan in the morning and pick us up in time to return for dinner. Options in Manhattan are endless – from a Dim Sum lunch in Chinatown to a Broadway matinee. The final day of our caravan will take us to the home of iconic New York author Washington Irving followed by a delicious farewell banquet.
Notes: This is a family friendly caravan and children are welcome. Place to place travel is approximately 750 miles but there will be additional driving to get to specific attractions. Altitudes in the mountains do not exceed 5,000 feet. Weather may be hot and humid or chilly and rainy – can’t tell! Passports and/or state issued ID’s will be necessary to tour West Point. And remember that everything is probably a bit more expensive in NY than you are used to – from campgrounds to candy bars.