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New York Tent Camping Trip
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New York’s US-17 traverses much of the western region of the state, beginning near the Pennsylvania border and Lake Erie, ultimately winding its way east through the Finger Lakes region and Catskills before meeting up with US-6 and into Rockland County north of New York City.
Begin your New York tent camping adventure in Jamestown, birthplace of America’s favorite redhead, Lucille Ball. Begin at the Lucy-Desi Museum, a nostalgic institution dedicated to television’s First (and favorite) Couple. Also in town are the “Lucy and Desi” Gift Shop and several murals dedicated to the First Lady of Comedy scattered around town. There’s also the Lucille Ball Little Theater of Jamestown, which hosts a variety of community theatre productions during the summer months. Next door rests a plaque commemorating the very birthplace of the comedienne. Check around town for directions to several of Lucy’s childhood homes. Unfortunately, they’re all still private residences, but still worth a look for the true fan.
Heading east you’ll soon enter the gorgeous Finger Lakes Region, a vacationers paradise. At the town of Corning choose from among several outfitters to provide a favorite pastime of visitors, the hot air balloon ride. The region is tailor-made for this endeavor. While in town, enjoy a leisurely stroll through the Historic Market District and its wonderful collection of 19th-century architecture and more than 100 shops. One of the beautiful places to visit in the Finger Lakes National Forest. You are sure to find some beautiful New York tent campgrounds here. Check out Seneca Falls's Cayuga Lake State Park for for New York tent camping.
In the town of Elmira, you can continue to take in old village sights on foot with the Near Westside Historic District Walking Tour. Part of the National Historic Register, these self-guided tours take you through 22 square blocks of New York state history. Check out the unique and interesting exhibition at the National Soaring Museum. They are celebrating 100 years of non-powered flight through hands-on exhibits of gliders, soarers, and just about anything else you can think of (that doesn’t require a motor, of course). But Elmira’s pride and joy is Quarry Farm. It was here during the 1870s and 1880s, Mark Twain called home and penned his timeless works, Tom Sawyer, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, and several others. Elmira College regularly hosts Twain-oriented events, and a nearby cemetery is the final resting place of the author and his family.
In the industrial town of Binghamton, relive a little of your childhood with a ride on some of the six antique carousels located in and around town. The town is also the birthplace of author/director Rod Serling, whose creative genius haunted generations from his television series “The Twilight Zone.” Binghamton has several points of interest related to Serling and walking tours are available. Learn more about Serling at the Binghamton Visitors Center located downtown.
US-17 then heads southwest towards New York City, but first you have to pass through the winding hills of the Catskills. Many of the towns here have seen better days, but the natural beauty still welcomes visitors with open arms. Besides hiking, biking, and wildlife watching, the region is world-renowned for its trout fishing, with the town of Roscoe (a.k.a, “Trout Town USA) serving as an angler’s epicenter of activity. Russell Brook Campsite is a suggested New York tent campground to check out.
We suggest a detour north along scenic Interstate 87. US-17 joins US-87 near Central Valley, which in turn connects with Hwy. 6, and on to US-9. This follows the Hudson River north through Poughkeepsie, Rhinebeck, Albany, Saratoga Springs, Glens Falls and the Adirondacks along Lake Champlain all the way to the Canadian border.
Your final stop along US-17 in New York is the town of Liberty, a local artisan showcase offering lots of delightful artwork to peruse in the many galleries and shops. Also, the area is a good place to slow down for some “stop-and-shop”. People regularly flock to the town for its multitude of antique shops.
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