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Total mileage / average drive time:
271 miles – 5 hours, 33 minutes
New York City is by far the most popular destination for travelers across the globe, but an RV traveler will tell you that the real action happens in the area beyond the great city where you find the beauty of the Adirondack Mountains, diverse landscapes and leisure-oriented destinations, which truly defines this great state.
Today, we’re going to start at Henderson Harbor, located right on the shores of Lake Ontario and between two incredible state parks; Westcott Beach and Southwick Beach. Cast your line in Lake Ontario and you have a better than average chance of landing a variety of fresh water fish and hiring a charter will get you the skinny on all the good spots in the area. At Southwick Beach, you’ll find an unusual stretch of sandy beach on the eastern shore of the lake and sprawls over 400 acres. Several thousands of people visit the beach every year for the wealth of outdoor recreation found here, even in the winter months that brings exceptional opportunities for snowmobiling. There are also several hiking trails that extend to the Lakeview Wildlife Management Area where you can launch your boat for an excursion on the water. All around the area is a wealth of natural grasses and aquatic plants, which just adds to the allure of the lake.
176 miles – 3 hours, 36 minutes
From Henderson Harbor, make your way to NY-12S, making a left at NY-28N and continue on into Lake George. This is around a 176 mile trip, but the scenery makes the drive worth it! Lake George is a great destination for four seasons travel and is set beside the storied Queen of American Lakes. The scenery is as spectacular as the history of the region and the Adirondacks make it that much more irresistible. You won’t spend one second wandering what to do because Lake George has a laundry list of outdoor and cultural activities. You can ease into your time here with a visit to the New York Independence Waterway Trail where you’ll discover the history of the historic waterways of the area once used during the French and Indian and Revolutionary Wars through a self-guided tour, or head to the Wild West Ranch for some Old West excitement with riding, roping, whip cracking and more. For the birdwatcher, you’ll find several trails accessible from Lake George village, which not only offers a beautiful view of the lake, you may just spot nesting Peregrine Falcons, as well. Make your way to the Fort William Henry Museum, located inside a restored Colonial Fortress from the French and Indian War area where you can take a self-guided tour, delight in the stories of the once flourishing Native American peoples from the area and watch amazing leather and beadwork demonstrations.
95.5 miles – 1 hour, 57 minutes
Let’s get going to our next stop by hopping on I87S and exiting for NY-29 heading W. Merge again, this time onto NY-67W holding steady until you reach Herkimer. This leg of the trip should clock in around 96 miles. As a doorway to the Adirondacks, you’re sure to find much to love about this city! You’ll find the state’s oldest man-made trade route, the Erie Canal, winding through the area and you shouldn’t pass up the chance to take a trip over to Lock 17 in Little Falls and feast your eyes on one of the highest lock lifts in the world. Within the city you’ll find a wealth of historic buildings like the County Jail, a Palatine German frame house and many more. Of course you’ll want to visit the Herkimer Diamond Mines where you can take a stab at prospecting for one of these exceptional diamonds. If you don’t feel like swinging a hammer, you could always stop by the Gem, Jewelry and Rock Shop where you can pick up a couple of beautiful gemstones for yourself or as gifts.
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