I have been following this thread closely because I was born and brought up
in Central New York State and, though I moved away in 1980, I'm still
familiar with the area. Some have said some very negative things about
Upstate; others have tried to refute them. I'm forced to agree with many of
the negative things that have been said. It is true that most of the cities
between New York and Rochester are mere shadows of what they used to be.
Most of them do not demand a visit, unless you want to be deeply depressed
by the time you arrive at the conference. I would, however, like to mention
that, while the cities (Albany, Schenectady, Amsterdam, Utica and Syracuse)
have deteriorated badly, there are many small towns and villages along the
way that are still quite lovely.
One of them is Cooperstown, 50 km south-southeast of Utica. This is a
historic village (the home of the family of James Fennimore Cooper), and its
position at the head of Otsego Lake is picturesque. It would be a shame to
Also, the village of Skaneateles, 25 km west-southwest of Syracuse should
also be seen. This is the Finger Lakes region that has been mentioned by
I know there are some beautiful towns along the Hudson Valley, but I will
leave them to those who are more familiar with that area than I am.
If you are interested in architecture, you might include Buffalo on your day
trip to Niagara Falls. Buffalo does not have a good reputation and is many
people's idea of urban blight personified, but it doesn't deserve this. It
is a city of some beautiful areas and boasts six houses designed by Frank
Lloyd Wright, America's most important architect.
Don't forget to include the Adirondacks in your tour. It is a very large
area of protected forest and mountains that could keep you busy for months.
There is a great deal up there to see.
If you'd like more detail, please feel free to contact me off-list.
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Sent: Friday, January 20, 2012 7:47 PM
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Subject: Re: [ARSCLIST] Travel plans for Rochester
You've had many good suggestions about travel options. I think two
sights are worth seeing if you have not seen them before: the Lower
Hudson River Valley and Niagra Falls. The latter is an easy drive from
Rochester. The former can really only be appreciated in its full
splendor by taking the train from Penn Station to Albany. It is one of
the great scenic views of North America.
On 1/20/12, Birgit Lotz Verlag <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> Would it make sense to travel by road from New York? Are there any
> places of tourist interest en route? Or should I fly straight from
> Germany, changing planes in New York? And should I spend an extra
> couple, three days before and after the conference? Any suggestions?
> I need to book air transport fairly soon to get fair rates..
> Dr. Rainer E. Lotz
> Rotdornweg 81
> 53177 Bonn (Germany)
> Tel: 0049-228-352808
> Fax: 0049-228-365142
> Web: www.lotz-verlag.de
Dennis D. Rooney
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New York, NY 10023
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