The Lakes to Locks Passage Offers Visitors Fall Foliage Experiences Along The Waterways Of Northeastern New York This Season

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Discover the Lakes to Locks Passage's natural beauty, history, outdoor activities and fun events this fall.

The Lakes to Locks Passage offers visitors multiple ways to experience the fall foliage, historic sites and outdoor activities throughout the upstate New York tourism region this season. The passage, which stretches from Albany to Quebec along the interconnected waterways of the Hudson River, Champlain Canal, Lake George and Lake Champlain, includes Albany, Rensselaer, Saratoga, Washington, Warren, Essex and Clinton Counties.

Information on the many experiences available to visitors can be found on http://www.lakestolocks.org. The site, which is co-branded with National Geographic, emphasizes travel and tourism opportunities that are submitted by local residents and locally-owned businesses. Thematic travel itineraries and an interactive map are provided on the website for visitors to plan their fall trip to the passage.

Visitors can explore the Lakes to Locks Passage this fall by boat, enjoying a colorful autumn landscape on a scenic cruise of the Hudson River and Champlain Canal, an excursion on the “Queen of American Lakes” – Lake George, or by kayak, canoe or boat tour on Lake Champlain.

Travelers can drive through the Lakes to Locks Passage experiencing “The Great Northern Turnpike,” a self-guided itinerary that takes travelers through a scenic rural landscape that inspired artists such as Norman Rockwell and Grandma Moses.

Cyclists can enjoy the Lakes to Locks Passage, exploring New York State Bike Route 9, or the thematic bike adventures of Lake Champlain Bikeways, including the “Northern Adirondack Coast Bikeways Brochure” or the “Acres of Apples” bike route, a loop that winds through a magnificent landscape of apple orchards and the hamlet of Peru, a charming community that retains vestiges of its agrarian past.

The Lakes to Locks Passage offers visitors plenty of hiking trails and historic walking tours, featuring intact 19th century towns, villages and hamlets and the natural beauty of the region. Visitors can enjoy the La Chute River Walk Interpretive Trail, which celebrates the extraordinary variety of industries clustered around the waterfalls and rapids on the La Chute River between Lake George and Lake Champlain.

Amtrak has recently announced the annual return of its vintage dome car to the Adirondack Route, running through October 29th. The Adirondack, which travels between the Albany-Rensselaer Station and Montreal daily, contains picturesque views along the western shore of Lake Champlain, Hudson River Valley, Adirondacks, and Vermont. Amtrak's Adirondack Service is called "One of the Top 10 Most Scenic Train Trips in North America" by Conde Nast Traveler. On weekends, National Park Service volunteers act as step-on guides between Croton-Harmon and Westport. Visitors can learn more about the dome car at http://www.amtrak.com/fall-travel-on-the-great-dome-car.

Notable events this fall season in the Lakes to Locks Passage include:

  •     Landscapes for Landsakes, October 12, 13 and 14 in Washington County
  •     Saratoga Battlefield Grand Encampment, celebrating 75 years as a National Park, September 21 and 22 in Saratoga County.
  •     Troy Night Out, September 27 and October 25 in Rensselaer County
  •     Minibus Tour of Underground Railroad sites in Peru and Keeseville, September 21, October 5 and October 19 in Essex County and Clinton County
  •     Candlelight Tour of the Schuyler House, October 12 in Saratoga County
  •     Thurman Fall Farm Tour, October 12 in Warren County

Over 600 upstate New York travel experiences, all recommended by locals, are featured on the website. Visit http://www.lakestolocks.org for more information.

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