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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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Wading River, New York
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90 reviews 90 reviews
38 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014 NEW

Rather than take the usual Interstate which rushed you through miles of trees, we decided to take Route 20 on our drive west. It was so nice to drive through all of the towns and see all of the scenery.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014

If you are driving to Cooperstown from the East, an alternative choice is to get off Interstate 88 at the Duanesburg exit and take Route 20 nearly all the way to Cooperstown. It is a very scenic drive and for the most part, you can drive 55 miles an hour. The pastoral countryside is lovely in all seasons. Sharon Springs... More

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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
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12 reviews 12 reviews
3 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
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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28 reviews 28 reviews
9 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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107 reviews 107 reviews
53 attraction reviews
57 helpful votes 57 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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36 reviews 36 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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44 reviews 44 reviews
17 attraction reviews
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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
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4 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 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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