LGBT Capital-Saratoga, Adirondacks & 1000 Islands, New York
History, majesty, excitement and romance await.
- In Albany, tour the State Capitol, an architectural marvel filled with newly displayed historic artifacts. Walk the modernist Empire State Plaza to the New York State Museum to see exhibits ranging from a Native American longhouse to a set from Sesame Street.
- Shop and eat on Albany's Lark Street, often called "The Village in the City," with funky stores, restaurants, galleries and nightlife - LGBT and mixed. If making a daytime visit, just blocks away is Washington Park, with lots of walking trails, historic architecture along its perimeter, a Tulip Festival in May and free summer outdoor theater at the Park Playhouse.
- Tour colonial founders' homes in Albany like Ten Broeck Mansion, Historic Cherry Hill or the Schuyler Mansion - some with family histories that rival a soap opera!
- Celebrate the 150th running of Thoroughbreds during summer 2013 at the stately Saratoga Race Course where the well heeled dine in the track's various restaurants and the more laid back picnic ‘along the rail.' The whole town celebrates the race course's birthday with a variety of special events all summer long.
- Saratoga Springs offers a plethora of downtown boutiques and cafes.
- Saratoga Spa State Park is a 2,200 acre National Historic Landmark with an outdoor performing arts center and the historic Roosevelt Baths and Spa - a Readers' Choice Award Winner for Mineral or Thermal Springs by Spa Finder in 2012 - where for over a century, sophisticated travelers have bathed in its naturally effervescent mineral waters.
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- In Lake George, cruise on the Minne HaHa steamboat with the Lake George Steamboat Company, or go wild at the Great Escape Lodge's indoor water park and its neighboring seasonal amusement park. Shop up a storm at the Lake George Factory Outlets, or get some of your own authentic Adirondack furniture and home accessories at Dartbrook Rustic Goods in Keene. Knotty pine never looked so good!
- Survey Adirondack State Park, at 6 million acres the largest publicly protected area in the contiguous United States. Kayak on a lake or take a white water rafting trip. Traverse Whiteface Mountain by driving the eight-mile climb on the Veterans Memorial Highway, braving the Cloudsplitter gondola to the top of Little Whiteface or taking a ride in a real bobsled run.
- Walk the charming main street of Lake Placid for great shopping and dining, including at the scenic Mirror Lake Inn & Spa.
- Experience history of the Adirondacks at: Great Camp Sagamore, the Vanderbilt's historic wilderness escape; the Adirondack Museum, called "the best of its kind in the world" by the New York Times, with 22 modern galleries and historic buildings that explore how people have lived, worked, traveled and played in the region; or the W!ld Center, a major new museum that mixes the indoors and outdoors with walking trails, naturalist guides, movies, a play area and live animal exhibits.
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- Frederic Remington Art Museum in Ogdensburg houses the largest and most diverse collection of the works and personal items of this New York born artist, known across the world for his art depicting the cowboys, soldiers and Native Americans of the Old West.
- In Alexandria Bay, Uncle Sam Boat Tours offers cruises, including sightseeing, dining and shuttles to see the historic and striking Singer and Boldt Castles.
- Stroll amid a priceless collection of boats, including a 110-foot Gilded-age houseboat, at the Antique Boat Museum in Clayton.
- Spend some time exploring maritime heritage and catching some breathtaking views at a lighthouse. Tibbetts Point Lighthouse in Cape Vincent is where Lake Ontario meets the St. Lawrence River. Rock Island Lighthouse offers tours of the Lighthouse keeper's home, which now houses a small museum and giftshop. A climb to the top of the light provides a towering view of the St. Lawrence Seaway.
- Toast your trip with a tour and tasting at an award-winning winery along the Thousand Islands Wine Trail.
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Empire State Plaza
Ten Broeck Mansion
Historic Cherry Hill
Saratoga Race Course
Saratoga Spa State Park
Roosevelt Baths and Spa
Lake George Steamboat Company
Great Escape Lodge's indoor water park
Lake George Factory Outlets
Dartbrook Rustic Goods
Adirondack State Park
Mirror Lake Inn & Spa
Great Camp Sagamore
Frederic Remington Art Museum
Uncle Sam Boat Tours
Singer and Boldt Castles
Antique Boat Museum
Tibbetts Point Lighthouse
Rock Island Lighthouse
Thousand Islands Wine Trail