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“Road Review.... Ah, Sure, Why Not?”
Review of US Route 20

Reviewed December 20, 2012

Route 20 runs from Boston to Oregon and why it is not as famous as Route 66 or US 99 I don't know. I have driven parts of Route 20 in various places across the country and there is really and truly a treat around every turn.

Here in New York I can speak of the region from the Massachusetts 'way out to the Finger Lakes. There are plenty of things to see and do. Near the east end you have the town of Lebanon and the famous raceway. Naturally, you have the Albany and the famous historical sites. As you get out west of Albany and just 4 miles south of Route 20 you have the charming town of Altamont.

Farther along there are little towns of Duanesburg (visit Mildred's or the Diner), Cherry Valley (visit everything), and the town of Sharon Springs (just visit).

Of course you can take a few easy detours and visit the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown. Route 20 will take you into the northern edge of the Finger Lakes and the Wine Country.

Except in the cities Route 20 is rarely crowded and the scenery is much better than I-90.

8  Thank Rogerl53
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Reviewed December 17, 2012

It never occurred to me to review Route 20, but maybe it's a good idea. So, my rating depends on what part of Route 20 we are talking about. In the Albany metro area, Route 20, which goes under several local names, is just a busy road - very busy in stretches - sort of like a long linear shopping street with lots of traffic. Average would be the best rating I could give and that might be pushing it. However, outside the city area, Route 20 can be quite delightful, either going west or east. Average becomes very good. The stretch through Cherry Valley going west is particularly delightful. It's a slower alternative to the rather boring Thruway and, if you have the time, a really enjoyable way to connect with upstate New York. For the record, "upstate" does not include Poughkeepsie, whatever the inhabitants of Manhattan think. To be upstate you really have to be UP state and Route 20 qualifies totally. The drive is nicer in the warmer weather - summer and fall are perfect.

3  Thank SanFranciscoGuy634
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Reviewed October 25, 2012

I have driven on Route 20 many times over the last 40 years, as far east as Boston, and as far west as Auburn NY. The ride is much more pleasant than the Thruway, though urban stretches like the one through Albany can be a bit of a drag. There are some very scenic and rural areas, many antique stores, some excellent restaurants, and attractions like Cooperstown are only a short distance away. Yes, it is slower than the Interstate, but vastly more pleasant.

3  Thank PainterRob
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Reviewed September 12, 2012

Always something to see or a place to stop when traveling US Rt 20. I've traveled Rt 20 as far east as MA and as far west as Iowa. Hope to take it coast to coast some time.

2  Thank Jim B
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Reviewed August 24, 2012

What a great road, some great views, nice stops along the way whenever we go back to Boston area we will always travel on this road, so much nicer then the interstate. Note to self: make sure to get on at the correct location, we went too far north and ended up in Vermont on hwy 7 for awhile, which was really nice as we found an amazing antique place that we will go back to prices very good better then in Plymouth anyway.

1  Thank Victoria F
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