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US Route 20

Albany, NY
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Ranked #9 of 33 attractions in Albany
Type: Scenic Drives
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English first
14 reviews 14 reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2014

We travelled this road from Albany heading towards Boston. Very beautiful drive. Slow in some spots but the small towns and lakes were worth it. I felt comfortable taking over the wheel from my husband when he got tired. We loved seeing new places that this route took us. Definately a good road to unwind on and to start enjoying... More

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Albany, New York, United States
11 reviews 11 reviews
3 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

Route 20 is called Western Avenue as it travels through Guilderland, NY (immediately west of Albany), and it's the main commercial road through this popular suburb. It's also apparently a prime revenue generator for the town, called "The Gauntlet" by local police who patrol it regularly with speed traps and cameras that scan licence plates and flag alerts for outstanding... More

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Brooklyn, New York
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25 reviews 25 reviews
7 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2014

Nice scenic ride, but not much to do. We started our trip from Albany and we saw only a few antiques shops, but mostly just county for about 1 hour. Maybe we should have gone down longer but not much to see except country for the hour we were on the road.

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Brooklawn, NJ
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106 reviews 106 reviews
53 attraction reviews
54 helpful votes 54 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2013

It's a great ride through some very scenic country. Very relaxing. And then there's Sharon Springs. The police are out, in force, in this little dinky burg. Yes, I got nailed for speeding, and I later saw several others also by the side of the road.

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St. Petersburg, Florida
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35 reviews 35 reviews
13 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2013

From Albany to Buffalo - beautiful countryside drive. Stops everywhere...antiques, history, restaurants, inns. Beautiful villages along the way...Richfield Springs, Cazenovia, Skaneateles...etc. Take a long weekend and meander down Route 20...

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Schenectady, New York
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43 reviews 43 reviews
17 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2013

I've been at the Western end in Newport OR and in Boston. Not many traffic Lights. and great scenery esp where it goes thru The Cascades east of Newport Oregon.

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Southern California
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63 reviews 63 reviews
40 attraction reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2013

We traveled many miles on Route 20 from Geneva at the top of the Finger Lakes east into Albany. We were purposely bypassing the state thruway. Route 20 is slower but much more scenic -- past old villages with beautiful old churches and other buildings This is definitely the way to go to absorb more of the natural surroundings. See... More

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Oakville, Canada
11 reviews 11 reviews
4 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2013

Decided to try 20 before leaving Ontario as part of the trip down to Boston. Had spent couple of hours getting across the border from Canada and I-90 was full of caravans, RVs, trailers and people hogging the left lane. So when we dropped down onto 20 close to Geneva it was a breath of fresh air. Minimal traffic seems... More

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Miami, Florida
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2013

BEAUTIFUL. Drove on this route to Cooperstown. Felt like I was in some perfect/picturesque dream...red barns, rolled up hay, clothes on the line, even saw a horse/cart, antique shops, country stores....I was so relaxed with the green hills, lakes, etc. Children might not appreciate it, but those who need to chillax will love it. (you must stop at Bob's Country... More

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Hamilton, New York
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21 reviews 21 reviews
5 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2013

I have lived within a hour of route 20 my entire life. It offers a little bit of everything museums scenic views, a wide range of places to eat, and a ton of attractions along the way or just a short side trip away. I have driven across the entire state many times. It has both the comfortable and familiar... More

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