No train showcases the history and scenic beauty of a region
better than Amtrak's Adirondack.
More than 40 years ago, the Delaware & Hudson rail line began
to provide service through upstate New York.
Today, Amtrak's Adirondack (supported by the New York State Department
of Transportation), carries on the nostalgic
and romantic service from the Hudson Valley through the Champlain
Valley to Montreal. Amtrak wants to show you the Adirondack region
in high-style. We've added refurbished equipment that is perfectly
suited for traveling in the colder weather of the north, and our
are equipped to carry skis. Sit back and enjoy the view from our
Adirondack lounge. An on-board Amtrak crew member will keep the
train tidy as
it travels from destination to destination. To cater to our international
clientele, the menus on our Cafe Cars are listed both in English
French, and many food and beverage products for sale will be produced
in the Champlain Valley. Our specially packaged Adirondack bag
the items made in the region, and the canvas bag is suitable to
take home. Molson and Saranac beers are offered, and a new "Champlain
been inspired by a secret ingredient from Quebec. We also serve
cheese cake made locally by the nuns of New Skete Bakery. Amtrak
is proud to be your
escourt as you travel through one of America's most beautiful
regions. All aboard!
HUSON VALLEY, NY In New York
City, you can immerse yourself in the daytime fun and exciting
nightlife that have made this one of the most famous cities in
the world. Tour the Empire State building, see the Statue of Liberty, catch
a show on Broadway or go strolling through Greenwich Village.
The city is teeming with museums, art
galleries and other cultural attractions that you won't want to
miss, along with hundreds of great restaurants serving every kind
of food. When you're worn out from
the city that never sleeps, the Adirondack can carry you north
into scenic, peaceful Hudson Valley. Past and present live sideby
side in the Hudson Valley. There are more
than thirty National Historic Landmarks, and many other locations
are protected as historic sites. At the same time, efforts are
underwayto create a network of parklands,
recreational and environmentally protected areas. Agriculture
thrives in the valley. Countless varieties of fruits are grown
in orchards that have stood for more than a
hundred years, and wine vintners carry on their trade in the oldest
wine district in the country. From the Big Apple to the apple
orchards, from hot nights in the city to
cool mornings on the riverside, the Hudson Valley has something
for everyone on board the Adirondack.
ALBANY-RENSSELAER, NY Albany, the
state capital of New York, is situated on the Hudson River at
the point where Henry Hudson ended his Voyage of the Half Moon
in 1609. A
thriving fur trading center during the French and Indian War,
Albany has been a transportation center since the Indian trail
days. Today it's a crossroads for bussines,
industry and culture. In Albany, you can visit the State Capitol
Building, a granite French chateau on State Street, or stop by
the New York State Museum where thousands
of photo murals and artifacts depict life in the Adirondacks.
At the Albany Institute of History and Art, you can see regional
silver collections, ceramics, furniture and
18th and 19th centuary Hudson Valley paintings and sculptures.
The museum also houses a research libary with archival materials.
Cherry Hill is an historic downtown house
built for Philip Van Rensselaer, a prominent merchant and farmer.
Tours feature nine priod rooms of original furnishings and personal
belongings, along with the surrounding
gardens. At the Knickerbocker Arena in Empire Plaza, you can catch
sporting events, concerts and family shows. The Albany River Rats
of the American Hockey League are at home
at the arena, as well as Albany's arena football team, the Firebirds.
A landscape view of the city can be enjoyed from the Adirondack
or from the deckof one of several Hudson
River cruise lines in Albany.
SCHENECTADY, NY The city of Schenectady
is one of the oldest cities in the United States, founded by Dutch
settlers who purchased a parcel of land from the Mohawk Indians
the Mohawk River. Today, Schenectady is a melting pot for people
of many different ethnic and cultural backgrounds. The Stockade
Historic District features homes from early 1700s
to the first quarter of the 19th century. The Stockade was founded
in 1661. In 1690 it was razed during the Indian-French massacre
and then rebuilt by the Dutch. Today, the preserved
and restored Stockade Historic District features dozens of homes
from before the revolution. You can set your own pace with a self-guided
walking tour available at the Schenectady County
Historical Society Museum. Downtown you can go shopping on Jay
Street or visit the Schenectady Museum with its own planetarium.
If theatre is more to your liking, you can go to Proctor's,
one of the few remaining vaudeville-era venuesin the country,
bringing thr best of Broadway to the region at off-Broadway prices.
Nature lovers can visit Collins Park. Bordered by the Mohawk
River, this park has everything you need: picnic pavillions, playgrounds,
tennis and basketball courts, and swimming in a beautiful lake.
Schenectady County also offers many nature preserves
for hiking and picnicking. Plotter Kill Nature Preserve is one
of the most impressive, with three spectacular waterfalls and
over 600 species of plants.
SARATOGA SPRINGS, NY Saratoga Springs
has big-city excitment with all comforts of a mountain resort.
This city is home to the springs, geysers and mineral baths that
made the city famous, along
with internationally-acclaimed harness and thoroughbred racing.
The Sanatoga Race Course is home to thoroughbred racing during
the summer, highlighted by the annual Travers race in August,
of the most exciting thoroughbred contests in the racing calendar.
And at Saratoga Raceway, harness racing takes place from Febuary
through November. From late June trough Labor Day, Amtrak
provides special weekend service between New York City and Saratoga
Springs. Special bus service is available to carry our customers
to and from the racetrak. At nearby Saratoga Spa State Par
you'll find a 2,200-acre park with public swimming pools, tennis
courts, PGA rated golf courses, cross country ski trails, ice
skating facilities, mineral bath houses and the Saratoga Performing
Arts Center. From June to September, the Arts Center is the home of
the New York City Opera, the New York City Ballet, the Philadelphia
Orchestra, the Newport Jazz Festival and over thirty comtemporary
artists ranging from rock to country musicians. You can also enjoy Saratoga
Spring's Victorian downtown district with its sidewalk cafes,
tree-lined streets, floral plantings and boutiques. The district
1996 winner of the National Historic Trust's Main Street Award.
Just outside the city, you can tour the historic Saratoga Battlefield.
FORT EDWARD-GLENS FALLS, NY The
towns of Fort Edward and Glens Falls are situated on either side
of the Hudson River where it feeds into the Champlain Canal in
beautiful Washington County. The rural countryside
is dotted with unique shops, farms, apple and maple orchards,
recreational shorelines and much more. In downtown Fort Edward
you can visit the Museum Campus, a complex of buildings housing
collections of antique
toys and glass, Fort Edward pottery, furniture and 18th century
artifacts. The John P. Burke Research Center contains collections
of over 70,000 photographs and genealogical records dating to
the 18th century. The
gift shop offers historical books, prints, coins and pottery.
At the Archaeology Field School, you can tour an excavation site
of the original Fort Edward military complex. Or visit the Washington
County Historical Society for a look at county histories, newspapers, prints and
maps. The Chapman Historical Museum in Glens Falls is a period
home with a gallery of changing exhibits on the history of the
Southern Adirondacks. The
exhibits also feature a large collection of Adirondack photographs
by Seneca Ray Stoddard. You can also see works of art featuring
the Adirondacks at the Hyde Collection In Glens Falls. The downtown
merchants include antique shops, fishing and tackle stores, a deli and a pastry
shop, where you can enjoy breakfast or lunch. When you're ready
to relax, stop by the town of Lake George, where there's fishing,
swimming and boating on
the 32-mile lake, as well as golf and winter sports. During summer
you can get a suntan on Million Doller Beach, a scenic stretch
of lakefront shore with bath houses, lockers and lifeguards. In
winter you can rent a
snowmobile and cruise the wooded trails. Lake George offers a
variety of accommodations, from rustic cabins to the famous Sagamore
Resort. If you're passing through Glens Falls in late September,
don't miss the
Adirondack Ballon Festival. More than one hundred ballons are
launched during the fun and spectacular event.
WHITEHALL, NY Tucked into the hills
at the southernmost tip of Lake Champlain, you'll find the historic
town of Whitehall, where the U.S. Navy was born. Settled in 1759,
Whitehall was a pivotal location for struggles
in the Revolutionary War and the War of 1812. It has been a transportation
town ever since the Champlain Canal was completed in 1823 and
the railroad came to the area in 1848. In Riverside Park, you
can stroll around
the 19 century fountain with a view of the canal. Follow the bridge
over the canal and you'll find shops and brick buildings in the
village center's historic district. Skenesborough Museum is within
of the train station. The museum, housed in a 1917 canal terminal
building, displays artifacts that exemplify life in Whitehall
from its original settlement to the present day.
TICONDEROGA, NY Bordered by Lake
Champlain in the east, Lake George in the west, and with the LaChute
River running through it, Ticonderoga is a fisherman's paradise,
luring anglers from far and wide for great fishing.
From April through September, tournaments and derbies are held.
Historic Fort Ticonderoga stands here, as do several French and
British forts in nearby Crown Point that were crucial strongholds
during the colonial wars that were fought in this valley. Fort Ticonderoga was built in
1775 by the French and was defended against the British through
numerous attacks. The largest collection of cannons in North America
is assembled on the grounds,
and the Fort's museum houses weapons, paintings and articles of
the soldiers stationed here through the years.Other attractions
include the Ticonderoga Heritage Museum which depicts the area's
industrial heritage, and the
Hancock House is home to the Ticonderoga Historical Society and
is a replica of the original house built for John Hancock in Boston.
The rooms of the house display period furnishings, along with
exhibits of civil history dating
to the 1700's. If it's exercise you want, you can head to the
Ticonderoga Country Club, where facilities for golf or tennis
are available. The Putnam Pond State Public Campground six miles
west of the village has tent sites, boating
and bath houses, fishing, hikingand picnicking. The landscape
jn this part of the Champlain Valley is dotted with family farms,
and many welcome visitors stop by for tours and fruit picking
in their fields and orchards.
PORT HENRY, NY The first you'll
notice upon detraining in Port Henry is the chateau-style station.
Built in 1888, the station is a monument to the prosperity generated
by the rich deposits of iron ore found deep in the Adirondack
foothills in Moriah and the other towns that adjoin Port Henry.
For vacationers, the nearby town of Moriah boats 28 miles of Lake
Champlain shoreline, including the scenic Bulwagga Bay. You can
sail, fish, swim and water ski on the lake,
an inland you'll find dozens of smaller lakes and ponds, fed by
over 70 miles of pristine fishing streams. And for those of you
who believe in monsters, Moriah has its own version of the Loch
Ness Monster. "Champ" has been sited on a
regular basis, swimming off the shores of Port Henry, so bring
WESTPORT, NY On the shore of Lake
Champlain and in the shadow of the Adirondack peaks lies the town
of Westport. A quaint, 19th century village with all the amenities
of a four-season resort, including a full-service marina and country
club, Westport is also home to the annual Essex County Fair in
August. Just a few miles from Westportis Lake Placid village,
the site of the 1932 and 1980 Winter Olympics. Visit this premier
yearround resort community, the only place in
America where you can take a thrilling bobsled ride in the winter
or summer. The Olympic venues are open to the public, including
the 28-story Ski Jumping Complex, Olympic Arena and Museum, and
the Whiteface Mt. Memorial Highway. You can
go mountain biking in the hills, and scenic boat cruises are available
around the shores of Lake Placid. The nearby town of Essex serves
as a haven for craftspeople and boaters, linked by ferry to the
Vermount shore in sommer. Many of the
historic homes have been renovated and converted into bed and
breakfast accommodations. From the Memorial Day Festival in the
springs to the Foliage Festival in the fall, Westport offers a
mix of excitement and relaxation all through the year.
PORT KENT, NY Port Kent is home
to one of the oldest tourist attractions in the United States,
Ausable Chasm, where centuries of running water has carved in
stone what is commonly referred to as "The Grand Canyon of
the East." The full range of
Champlain Valley recreation resources converge at Port Kent, with
access to horseback riding, golf courses and campgrounds, along
with swimming and boating. Historically a resort community as
well as port for stemboats and cargo transportation,
Port Kent also serves as the doorway to the historic Village of
Keeseville, with a stone arch dating to 1843. When you're ready
to relax, you can go to the shores of Lake Champlain or visit
the wildlife sanctuary at Wickham Marsh. From May though
October, you can catch a ride on the ferry that connects Port
Kent across Lake Champlain to Burlington Vermont.
PLATTSBURGH, NY Nestled along the
banks of the scenic Saranac River, Plattsburgh is a town rich
and early American history. City Hall is listed on the National
Register and was designed by architect John Russell Pope, who
also designed the National
Archives and the Jefferson Memorial in Washington, DC. The rotunda
of City Hall is enlivened by colorful murals painted by Peter
Charlap in 1985. The murals depict area history from its legendary
beginings to modern events. The Macdonough Monument,
also designed by Pope, was built in 1926 to commemorate Commodore
Thomas Macdonough's victory over the British on September 11,
1814 in the Battle of Pittsburg. The First Presbyterian Church
on Brinkerhoff Street, established in 1790, is the oldest
church organization in Clinton County. While the church was under
construction, it was used as barracks duringthe Battle of Plattsburgh.
It burned in 1867 and was rebuilt in the 1870's. St. John's Roman
Catholic Church on Broad Street was organized
in 1827. A massive Italian marble altar was ordered for the church
but sunk with the Titanic. Riverwalk Park is a pleasant pathway
in downtown Plattsburgh with magnificent vistas of Lake Champlain.
Strolling through the park, you'll see the Champlain
Monument, a gift from France in 1909 to celebrate the three-hundred
year anniversary of Samuel de Champlain's discovery of the lake
in 1609. In Riverwalk Park, you can also enjoy historical museums,
art galleries, shopping, restaurants and boat tours
on the Saranac. In addition to the many touring opportunities,
you can walk or jogalong the park's exercise trail or just relaxon
the grassy hills that roll through the park.
ROUSES POINT, NY Rouses Point is
a busy stopover on the way to Montreal. If you want to go exploring,
there's a toll bridge that crosses Lake Champlain into Vermont.
You can visit historic Fort Lennox ten miles north of the station,
where tours are available, along with picnic areas and a cafe.
MONTREAL, QC Located on an island at
the junction of the St.Lawrence and Ottawa Rivers, Montreal has
served as a trading post for over three hundred years as well
as a home to festivals and exciting events. It began as a stockaded
Indian settlement and was
made a missionary outpost in 1642. The city later became an important
fur trading center and served as the launching point for the western
expeditions of Jolliet and Marquette. Today, Montreal is a sparkling
population after Paris. Worldclass performers
animate and the city's streets and pedestrain plazas with exciting
shows day and night. The city is divided into main parts: the
Old City, which is a maze of narrow streets, restored buildings
and homes; and the modern part of the city, with towering
skyscrapers, museums , theatres, the largest underground city
in the world (18 miles), and almost 6,000 restaurants to choose
from. Horse-drawn carriages can carry you on a tour of the city
and Momtreal Royal Park, where you can enjoy picnicking, biking,
and winter sports like skating and cross-country skiing. Next
to the park is the Westmount area, an historic section of roads
lined with charming homes from the early 1900's and English gardens.
Visit the Notre-Dame Basilica, one of the most beautiful
churches in the world, designed by New Yorker James O'Donnell.
Built of Montreal limestone, the basilica's Noe-Gothic design
features a main altar, pulpit and statues, and the walls are lined
with stainedglass windows. While you're in town, go strolling
down the oldest street in Montreal, St. Paul Street. And on nearby
Notre-Dame Street, visit Chateau Ramezay, with furniture, paintings,
costumes and porcelain dating to the 17th century. Five minutes
from the city, visitors can experience the Casino de
Montreal, where the view of the St. Lawrence River is alone worth
the visit. You can come to play or watch the players on the casino's
105 gaming tables and 2,600 slot machines. Sports fans visitings
Montreal during ice hockey season will want to catch
the excitement of the Canadiens at the new Molson's Center one
of the most innovative sports facilities in North America. Or
you can visit Olympic Park, which houses the stadium where the
1976 Summer Olympics Games took place and is now home to baseball's
Montreal Expos and the Canadian Football League's Montreal Alouettes.
The park is also home to the world's tallest inclined tower, with
a viewing observatory next to the Biodome, with four ecosystems
under the roof and the second most important botanical
garden in the world. Last, but certainly not least, Montreal's
restaurants offer over 80 different cuisines, including some of
the finest French cooking available anywhere, the perfect way
to sample the city's European dazzle and charm.
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