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Wherever you are on Route 20, you're in a beautiful place

One of the most beautiful roadways in America -- Elihu Root said that a century ago and it's still true. Beautiful alternative to the Thruway. If you have time and love the... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
Utica, New York
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Utica, New York
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999 reviews
589 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 417 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

One of the most beautiful roadways in America -- Elihu Root said that a century ago and it's still true. Beautiful alternative to the Thruway. If you have time and love the rolling hills of of the foothills of the Adirondacks, Route 20 is your place. Lots of fun restaurants along the way.

Thank RonL40
Niskayuna, New York
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18 reviews
16 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2015

I've always believed that the journey is as important as the destination ----so I'll avoid interstates unless pressed for time. Once you get past Guilderland going west from Albany, this is a charming rural route passing through or near several small towns and some pretty scenic views of the Mohawk Valley. Haven't gone further west than Cooperstown though one day... More 

Thank AKT0707
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42 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2015

Rt 20 thru Albany and Guilder land is nothing but a build up road lined with a couple of shopping malls and office buildings and store fronts. As you get further west, it is a country road with farms and nice scenery. I don't think I would recommend it, if you are traveling out of town just to see Rt... More 

Thank betty82
Rochester, New York
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2,168 reviews
638 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 695 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2015

I personally didn't find anything much worth getting excited about here. There was a lot of shopping and storefront activity along the way, but no more than on any other similar small highway, which runs most of the length of New York. The road itself is in need of repairs along part of its traverse of the Albany area. I... More 

1 Thank Larry W
new york
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152 reviews
73 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 112 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2015

It was well marked and lots of stores and restaurants along the way if you wanted to stop 55 MPH was a nice speed to travel.

Thank geminigirlNewYork
On the road again
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701 reviews
224 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 252 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 6, 2015

Went food shopping on route 20 at Town Center. There is a super Price Chopper, lots of food choices and easy to get in and out of. Right near the Seventeen Hundred High Rise apartments and across from Crossgates Mall.

Thank DoctorVonCueBall
Laguna Beach, California
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38 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2014

such a weather worn and beaten road. its so tired, it either needs put to pasture or revamped completely

Thank Bob S
Wading River, New York
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255 reviews
109 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 63 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014

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.

1 Thank dennis1027
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80 reviews
28 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 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 

5 Thank canoecatz
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29 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 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 

Thank kathycF8282UJ

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