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“Country roads, take me home!!” 5 of 5 stars
Review of US Route 20

US Route 20
Albany, NY
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Ranked #9 of 34 attractions in Albany
Type: Scenic Drives
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Miami, Florida
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
“Country roads, take me home!!”
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 Store...just adorable!!!)

Visited August 2013
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Hamilton, New York
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20 reviews 20 reviews
5 attraction reviews
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“Upstate NY's Highway”
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 but I always see something new.

Visited April 2013
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Albany, New York
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“We live on this road”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2013

As others have said, Rt. 20 is one of the oldest highways running across the country east-west. Most of it is now bypassed by highways. Starting in Boston, super-highway Route 90 runs parallel - tolls, heavy truck traffic, etc., but much faster route.

We live in an historic mansions on Rt. 20. This 2.5 mile stretch running through downtown Albany is a local 4-lane road with a 30MPH limit, lots of lights and a good place to get a speeding ticket. Starting from the east at the Hudson River and coming up out of the Hudson Valley, you will travel between rows of brownstone buildings from the 19th century (some earlier), some very good restaurants and then views of the New York State Empire State Plaza with "The Egg" performance center and dramatic administrative buildings.

If you have some time, a visit to the Plaza is highly recommended. Look for signs for public parking under the plaza. In good weather, above ground is this half mile long plaza with the wonderful State Capital bilding at one end, The NYS Museum at the other, several marble-covered administrative buildings plus the Corning Tower (tallest building between NYC and Montreal) and the mushroom-like performance center "The Egg". Running parallel below ground is a very long corridor flanked by the giant paintings of Governor Rockefeller's collection, some of the 1960's greatest modern art. The Museum is a favorite for kids. Finally, if you can schedule a tour of the State Capitol building, you will view one of America's greatest pieces of architecture. Near the Capitol is the NYS Education building with its massive colonnade and many other historic buildings.

Continuing up Madison Avenue, you cross Lark Street, an area with some fine bars and eateries. Now, out of the valley, Washington Park, designed by Frederick Law Olmsted, will be on your right. You then pass by many historic mansions followed by the College of Saint Rose. Finally, there are some decent eateries and bars on the left before Rt. 20 becomes Western Avenue. There is another mile or so of city homes with worthy architecture before things become more commercial. You will also pass by the State University of Albany before you get to the connections with superhighways Route 90 (east-west Boston to Buffalo) and Route 87 (south-north New York City to Montreal).

After several more miles of suburbs, then out into rural Upstate New York. If you continue on this four lane 55 MPH road westward, recommended stops are the tree farm in Esperance (summer), Sharon Springs (the 19th century summer retreat for NYC Jews not welcome in Saratoga Springs), historic Cherry Valley, and then on into the Finger Lakes region with its many delights.

Visited February 2013
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boston
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“Boring”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 5, 2013

I think it may have better in the Summer, But there was not mch to do, not much really going on and kind of Boring.

Visited February 2013
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Amsterdam, New York
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7 attraction reviews
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5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
“A nice ride”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2013

I ride this corridor all the time, it has many nice places to stop, eat, or shop. just the scenery alone is worth the ride.

Visited August 2012
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