Road Trip Destination: Upstate New York

June 13, 2007 Katja Presnal

Upstate New York charm

If you don’t have time for a long trip this summer, don’t want to fly with small kids, or are looking for a short weekend trip.. try upstate New York. If you are not close by, flying in and renting a car might not be a bad idea either.

Adirondacks are beautiful this time of the year! Get out of the heat of the city and drive to North.

Upstate New York has beautiful scenery, small little towns, with cozy B & Bs and old Victorian charm. Lots of parks to stop with the kids!

Small towns like Hudson Valley and Cooperstown will charm you, but I also recommend continuing the drive through Saratoga Springs towards Adirondack Mountains.

Lake Placid in Adirondack Mountains provides European flair, and the possibilities are endless for hiking, camping, backpacking or just strolling around and visiting small shops and antique stores.

take me to Montreal this summer!

If your heart was set for an European vacation this year… How about continuing your roadtrip all the way to Montreal in Canada? Montreal offers great shopping, museums, and European style architecture. They also speak French in Montreal, so if you can’t make it to all way to Europe this summer, go to Montreal and you’ll get the same feel without the long flight with kids. You’ll save money too.. for all those great little shops!

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The Thousand Island and the St Lawrence River area are high on my list for NY vacations.

Visit Clayton, take a boat tour and see the waterway with it’s over 2000 islands or cross the river and go to Kingston on the Canadian side and visit Fort Henry to see a realm of 19th century military life, experience guided tours, scenic views, heart-pounding musical performances and precision military demonstrations by the Fort Henry Guard. Little boys (and dads) love this old world fort with marching bands and museums.

Today the Sackets Harbor Battlefield is interpreted to the public by exhibits, outdoor signs, guided and self-guided tours, and a restored 1850's Navy Yard and Commandant's House. During the summer months, guides dressed in military clothing of 1813 reenact the camp life of the common soldier.

If you are looking for a cute little town to stay for a night, go to Sackets Harbor by lake Ontario and stay in a B & B in the small down town, walk to little restaurants to eat dinner on the patio and enjoy the beautiful lake view.

While Upstate is my favorite, you can’t miss it almost anywhere in the state of New York. You can also head straight North West to Niagara Falls via the NY wine country in the Finger Lakes area.

Niagara Falls is a must see with the children, but I have to warn, it can be little overwhelming.

The view is better on the Canadian site, but the down town has a carnival feel with all the tourist shops and attractions, and might be a little too much with small children – look for hotels and B & Bs outside the downtown area, or in the US side or do what we did… We visited Niagara Falls with our friends, stayed right in the middle of all the craziness, and dads were babysitting the first night, moms the next, and we combined the family fun and visiting the casinos!

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Katja Presnal

Katja Presnal shows how to live Nordic inspired life to the fullest and plan your dream life. Katja owns Presnal5 strategic marketing intelligence agency and wants to help marketing professionals to combine a dream career and dream life via freelance work.Katja is an award-winning marketing strategist, and a well-known speaker. Katja has lived in five different countries, and seven states in the USA. Her three children were all born in different countries within three years. When not working or jet-setting the world, Katja is at home cooking big family dinners.She has been featured in NY Times, Glamour, Redbook, Fodor's, Forbes and Woman's Day magazines among many other national and international publications and written for MTV3 and Lifetime TV networks.

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  1. One of the biggest problems Walmart has is all the plastic bags they use! It’s hard to see them as a “Green” store because of that. A lot of times the cashiers will put one or two things per bag, which is a huge waste!

    They need to make it easier for people to use reusable bags and maybe even offer an incentive for shoppers to do so. One of our local supermarkets takes 5 cents off for each reusable tote you use. Even though it’s a small amount, it’s still a nice incentive. ….Or maybe start with an incentive for bringing back the plastic bags to recycle. They do currently have bins for putting bags in to recycle (at least ours do), but the bins are hidden off to the side, so I imagine most people don’t even know it’s there.

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