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Total Mileage/Average drive time
117 miles, 2 hours, 31 minutes

Dutch history runs deep in New York. Early colonists originally called the Empire State New Netherland in honor of their homeland. Today, that Dutch spirit is represented throughout the state, in its place names, its cities, and its culture.

1. Cooperstown - Starting Point
The heart of baseball beats in Cooperstown, home to the National Baseball Hall of Fame. The museum tells the history of America's favorite pastime, housing over 38,000 three-dimensional artifacts along with bronze plaques that honor the nearly 300 Baseball Hall of Famers; this is the official home of baseball history. Legendary players like Ty Cobb, Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig and Hank Aaron are profiled here. Learn about the dark days of the Black Sox scandal and the high-flying era of the indomitable New York Yankees. It's heaven for fans of this popular American pastime.

2. Amsterdam - 54 miles, 1 hour, 10 minutes
Take Highway 80 to I-90 then east, where Dutch ingenuity has turned an armory into a castle. The Amsterdam Castle was originally the National Guard Armory; built in 1894, this 36,000-square-foot building with 18-inch thick walls is now a private residence and B&B, featuring soaring turrets, private suites, a gymnasium that seats 500, a rifle range, billiard room and fallout shelter. It is one of only a few dozen armories left in the state, and the only one that is a private residence/B&B.

3. Saratoga Springs - 26 miles, 37 minutes
Travel east on Highway 67 and head up Highway 50 for a stop at horse tracks and mineral baths. Saratoga Springs has deep ties to horse racing; this is where thoroughbred racing officially began in 1863. Stroll the grounds and watch the races at the oldest sporting venue in the nation. Started by English settlers, horse racing has become part of the fabric of this town. After a fast-paced day at the track, it's time to "take the waters" and relax in the famous Saratoga Springs mineral baths, said to aid in health and wellness. Drinking and bathing in the carbonated springs has been popular for hundreds of years. Take your own private tasting tour of the 17 public mineral springs in town and see how each spring's effervescent bubbles reveal its own distinctive flavor.

4. Lake George - 38 miles, 45 minutes
Hit I-97 for a vintage vacation in one of the classic vacation spots in the country. Lake George, known as the Gateway to the Adirondacks, is like a step back in time with real diners, drive-in movie theaters and lots of classic neon signs. With 32 miles of shoreline, you can spend plenty of time relaxing on the beach or on the water, fishing, parasailing or sightseeing on a steamboat. Take a hike around the lake to enjoy amazing views. In the evenings dine at great restaurants, sample a microbrew or wine, enjoy a horse-drawn carriage ride, and see why this in one of the best-loved vacation spots in the state. Generations of families have made this their vacation destination, and you can create a family tradition of your own.

Recommended Stopover:
Lake George RV Park
Lake George, NY (518) 792-3775