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A day's journey through Upstate New York

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A May 2010 trip to New York by RoBoNC

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Quote: We traveled from Buffalo to Albany where we visited numerous National Parks, the Women's Rights Historical Park, Fort Stanwix, and Saratoga Battlefield. We explored downtown Albany and visited the shrine of Major League Baseball, the Hall of Fame in Cooperstown.

Governor Nelson A. Rockefeller Empire State Plaza

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Attraction | "Home to the Capitol and the largest building in Albany"

Governor Nelson A. Rockefeller Empire State Plaza Photo, Albany, New York
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After more than eight hours of driving from Buffalo to Albany, we coasted in that evening having experienced a lot of upstate New York, but very exhausted. We went straight to the hotel to unpack and find a place to eat. Using Yelp, we found the Gateway Diner, not far from the hotel. As we pulled in, we noticed several Albany police cars, and being a police officer myself, I knew it had to meet certain standards for the police to eat there. The Gateway Diner is a very casual, affordable, and kid friendly restaurant where they serve breakfast all day along with dinner. My wife ordered the Greek Sandwich with a Greek side salad and I ordered the beef livers smothered in onions and strips of bacon. ...Read More

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Governor Nelson A. Rockefeller Empire State Plaza
Madison St
Albany, New York 12224
518-474-2418

Saratoga National Historical Park

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Attraction | "First major successful battle of the American Revolutionary War"

Saratoga National Historical Park Photo, Stillwater, New York
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Our morning started off cloudy and eventually turned to rain as we headed out of Albany toward the Saratoga National Historical Park. The miserable weather followed us across Vermont, Massachusetts, and into Connecticut. The weather would end up blocking some of our beautiful views across the landscape, but we didn’t let that stop us from enjoying our vacation. We approached the Saratoga National Historic Park, our last National Park visit in New York. The park preserves the battle of Saratoga, the first significant military victory of the American Revolutionary War. The battle was significant because it forced a major British army surrender and it led France to recognize the independ...Read More

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Saratoga National Historical Park
648 Route 32
Stillwater, New York

Fort Stanwix National Monument

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Attraction | "An important fort during the American Revolutionary War"

Fort Stanwix National Monument Photo, Rome, New York
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Another hour and half drive from Seneca Falls took us to the city of Rome. (How wish I was talking about the one in Italy). During the French and Indian War, Fort Stanwix was built to guard a portage along the main waterway that connected the Atlantic Seacoast to the interior and the Mohawk River. This route went right through the Oneida Indian territory. Indian skirmishes along the route caused many problems for those that traveled it. Under the command of British General John Stanwix, a star fort, that bears his name, was built in the present day city of Rome. The completion of the fort was finished in 1762 and in 1768, the Treaty of Stanwix was signed. It was a treaty between the...Read More

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Fort Stanwix National Monument
112 E. Park St.
Rome, New York 13440
315-336-2090

Women's Rights National Historical Park

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Attraction | "The beginning of the movement for Women's Rights"

Women's Rights National Historical Park Photo, Seneca Falls, New York
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After we cleared customs at the New York/Canada border, we hopped on the New York Thruway at Buffalo and began our trek toward Albany. The New York Thruway or I-90 is a toll road that stretches just less than 300 miles from Buffalo to Albany. Traveling with a toddler, we made it only an hour on the Thruway before we had to stop. Making unscheduled stops can turn into a unique travel opportunity, though. As we got off of the Thruway, we found ourselves in the town of Le Roy. We found their local McDonalds for a quick bathroom and snack break. While we were inside McDonald’s, I noticed many pictures of Jell-O adorning the walls. I just figured that this town just loved Jell-O. To my surprise, we ...Read More

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Women's Rights National Historical Park
136 Fall Street
Seneca Falls, New York

National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum

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Attraction | "Where every Major League Baseball player strives to be"

National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum Photo, Cooperstown, New York
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I was a kid who collected baseball cards and was fascinated by my favorite player, Cal Ripken Jr. I used to watch the Orioles religiously, even though they struggled for many years just to have a winning season. But as any baseball fan will tell you, there is always next year. In high school, I remembered watching the famous baseball game between the Orioles and the Angels on September 6, 1995 at the Orioles stadium, Camden Yards. In this particular game, Cal Ripken Jr broke Lou Gehrig’s 56 year old consecutive game streak of 2130 games. Before the Orioles were due up in the bottom of the fifth, the game is official at that point. Massive banners fell from the B&O warehouse that makes up par...Read More

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National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum
25 Main street
Cooperstown, New York 13326
(607) 547-7200