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New York State is packed with so many great things for RVers to see and do! From the Canadian border to Niagara Falls to the Catskills to the rural Southern Tier to the 1,000 Islands in the St. Lawrence Seaway, you could spend a lifetime and still not experience everything New York offers. But you can see four of our all-time favorites, all bundled into one memorable RV ride through the eastern part of the Empire State.

1) New York

Starting Point

New York City has THOUSANDS of great things to see and do. Our top pick: the 102nd floor Observation Deck atop the Empire State Building for 360-degree views from the very heart of “The Big Apple.” While in town, feast on a snack from a street vendor. These purveyors of vittles serve international meals on wheels. Try Ling’s Sweet Mini Cakes in Chinatown. Or Gourmet Empanadas in the East Village. Korean BBQ! Tacos! Thai food! Eat on the street in NYC!

A woman paddles a red kayak toward the Statue of Liberty.

© Edgar Bullon

2) Poughkeepsie

Drive 85 miles • 1 hour, 44 minutes

Gene Hackman put Poughkeepsie on the map with the 1971 movie, “The French Connection” (Google it), but today’s attraction is strolling the Walkway Over the Hudson. Built as a railroad bridge in 1889, this walkway was reborn as a free, low-key and fully handicap-accessible walking park. Also in town, the Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum is a window into history. See extensive records and archives from FDR’s presidency, the New Deal and World War II.

3) Saratoga Springs

Drive 116 miles • 1 hour, 58 minutes

Over 200 years ago, Saratoga Springs became famous for its mineral spring waters. The fame continues with world-class shopping and dining venues galore. But of all its attractions, horse racing — thoroughbred and harness — is No. 1. Tip: August is prime racing season at the Saratoga Race Course since 1863. For more outdoor adventures, go boating and fishing for bass on Saratoga Lake. Nearby, scenic Saratoga Lake is a great spot to swim, boat, fish or catch a tan. You’ll find many marinas, boat rentals and cruise companies to choose from.

Sailboats traverse a vast lake with mountain in the background.


4) Lake George

Drive 28 miles • 31 minutes

Lake George is the gateway to the six-million-acre Adirondack Park — the largest publicly-protected area in the USA. Drive through deep forests and visit beautiful mountain towns. Camp at rustic RV campgrounds or stay the night in a genuine Adirondack cabin in the woods. When it’s time to relax, unwind on the laid-back shores of Lake George. Need a break from Nature? Toot over to Lake George village. Shop, dine, visit Fort William Henry, or perfect your tan at the Million Dollar Beach. Yes, it’s worth a million bucks but it’s yours free, except parking.