Living in the Capital Region has many perks and benefits! One major excitement about living here is being near so many incredible destinations. New York is home to towns and cities that are steeped with history and home to exciting attractions. For weekend getaways or longer vacation plans, you have endless choices of amazing places just a drive away.
We’ve compiled our top 6 weekend getaways and favorite things to do, all located within a few hours’ drive from your Latham apartment! If you’re ready to travel and explore new places, check out our top choices below.
1. Saratoga Springs
If you’re looking for inspired healthy living, historical richness, and Thoroughbred horses, Saratoga Springs is the spot for you! A staple in American History, Saratoga is known for the battle described as “The turning point in the Revolutionary War.” World-renowned for its natural springs, The Saratoga Racecourse, the Saratoga Spa State Park, and lots more, you’ll find a spot of intrigue everywhere you go. With plenty of incredible dining and shopping options on the downtown strip, Saratoga is your one-stop shop for all things fun. Book yourself a spot downtown to get the full Saratoga experience.
2. Lake George
Lake George, a scenic town in Upstate New York, was originally the site of a strategic battle during the Seven Years’ War in the 1700s. Steeped in colonial history, the town was later transformed into a tourist destination. With the stunning lake as the main centerpiece, visitors can rent a boat for a day or weekend excursion. Don’t forget to reserve your spot on the dinner cruise around the lake! Interested in more thrill-seeking activities? Visit Six Flags Great Escape for a day of fun and cool off with their water park at Hurricane Harbor. Lake George also offers visitors incredible shopping with a wide array of stores in the Lake George Outlets. Stop by the Sagamore Resort for a beautiful dinner or lunch break! Perfect for a weekend away, Lake George offers guests a wide array of memory-making activities.
3. Hudson Valley
Life alongside the Hudson River is beautiful! Take a trip down to the Hudson Valley to see the beauty that has inspired visitors for hundreds of years. Stroll through history by visiting former president Franklin D. Roosevelt’s home and garden, or take in the scenic route with a daily hike in the Catskills. To see some incredible views, brave the height of the Walkway Over the Hudson, the world’s longest elevated pedestrian bridge that spans over 1.28 miles over the river. As you walk, you’ll find interesting facts up and down each side of the bridge. After a day full of activities, have dinner at one of the many restaurants that overlook the water.
If you’re looking for more outdoorsy vacation plans, plan a trip to the Adirondacks! Whether you’re camping, glamping, or need a house with four walls, the Adirondack region is packed with a wide array of excitement for everyone. With dozens of trails spanning miles and skill levels, the outdoors are calling your name! If you’re looking to get in the water too, schedule a whitewater rafting excursion through one of the Adirondacks’ many freshwater rivers. In the winter months, find your new favorite ski resorts with gorgeous mountain views.
Home to the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum, Cooperstown is located on the southern tip of Otsego Lake. Great for a weekend getaway, Cooperstown is also home to Ommegang Brewery, Cooperstown Distillery, and Fly Creek Cider Mill & Orchard. Get a taste of locally made drinks and enjoy the events and live music each place has to offer. For a more educational trip, get a glimpse into Native American life during the pre-Colonial era at the Fenimore Art Museum or visit the Farmers’ Museum and enjoy life at a recreated village and farm with hands-on activities, demonstrations, and character tours. Take a beat during your trip to play a few holes on the award-winning Leatherstocking Golf Course! With something for everyone, plan a getaway to Cooperstown soon.
6. Niagara Falls
High up as one of the top destinations in the country, Niagara Falls is one of the most impressive and best-known collection of falls in the world. Straddling the US/Canadian border, Niagara Falls State Park is New York’s oldest state park, opening in 1885. A spectacular destination, the best place to view the falls is from The Prospect Point Observation Tower offers almost 360 views to the entirety of all three falls and the rapids. When visiting, a trip on the Maid of the Mist, the longest running boat tour of the falls is a must! Make a stop at the Aquarium of Niagara to visit more than 200 species of aquatic animals. You can say hello to penguins, sea lions, and seals! With dozens of other must sees, Niagara Falls is a great place to add to your travel list this year!
New York is filled with exceptional towns and cities with rich history and fun-filled attractions. Living in the Capital Region provides you with the perfect place to call home, and countless opportunities to explore new places that are all just a drive away.
If you’re looking for an apartment in the Capital District, call us today to speak with one of our team members, or visit our website to browse through our available locations. Burns Management has apartments in Albany, Latham, Guilderland, Niskayuna, Saratoga Springs, and Schenectady.