Sackets Harbor, N.Y. - In tough times, it's good to have friends working on your behalf to bring travelers and the dollars they spend into your community - communities like Ogdensburg, Sackets Harbor, Webster, and Niagara Falls, NY and Erie, PA and all those in-between.
June 22-24 Great Lakes Seaway Trail "Great Reveal" and economic impact road show events along the freshwater shoreline of New York and Pennsylvania will showcase the Great Lakes Seaway Trail byway's exciting new look as the byway's leaders share the latest news of how the not-for-profit tourism organization benefits the America's Byway region through its branded travel and tourism initiatives and by enhancing the lifestyle of the byway region.
The public is welcome at the 90-minute events that will:
... officially announce the new Great Lakes Seaway Trail name capitalizing on the byway's unique Great Lakes geographical location of interest to travelers worldwide
... showcase projects that are attracting visitors who enjoy America's "great outdoors" through geocaching, bicycling, and attending living historic reenactments for the War of 1812 and French and Indian War
... reveal a new look for the 32-year-old byway, its membership-based organization and the educational Seaway Trail Foundation based in Sackets Harbor, NY
... encourage participation in program partnership opportunities and invite local
businesses and community leaders to become members of the not-for-profit tourism organization
... include "Spin the Wheel" to win Great Lakes Seaway Trail-branded prizes
... giveaway of Great Lakes Seaway Trail new look branded chocolate bars made on
... offer networking time.
In the past five years Seaway Trail, Inc. has received and completed $1.2 million in federal scenic byway project-based grants. Seaway Trail, Inc. currently has federally-funded economic development projects underway that are Trailwide initiatives attracting new travelers and travel-related revenues into the 86 communities of the 518-mile-long byway along the New York and Pennsylvania Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Seaway shorelines. The projects include interpretation and marketing initiatives.
The Great Lakes Seaway Trail "Great Reveal" will take place:
· Tuesday, June 22 - 9am, Ogdensburg, NY - Dobisky Visitor's Center, 100 Riverside Avenue, and 3pm, Sackets Harbor, NY - Seaway Trail Discovery Center, Ray & W. Main St.
· Wednesday, June 23 - 9am, Oswego, NY, H. Lee White Marine Museum, end of W. 1st Street Pier; and 3pm, Webster, NY, Webster Park Lake View #1 Shelter, Lake Rd, Webster, NY
· Thursday, June 24 - 9am, Niagara Falls, NY - Niagara Falls State Park Orin Lehman Visitor's Center, Prospect St, and 2:30pm - Erie, PA - Presque Isle State Park Cookhouse Pavilion, Peninsula Drive.
The Great Lakes Seaway Trail byway takes travelers 518 miles along the freshwater shoreline of the St. Lawrence River, Lake Ontario, Niagara River, and Lake Erie in NY and PA. The Federal Highway Administration designates the route one of America's Byways in 1996. It is also a National Recreation Trail and the Automobile Association of America recognizes the Great Lakes Seaway Trail as a "quintessential" American road trip experience. For more info, contact Great Lakes Seaway Trail, PO Box 660, Ray & West Main St, Sackets Harbor, NY, 315-646-1000. #
Quick Facts about the Great Lakes Seaway Trail:
· Scenic driving route in New York state since 1978
· Federally designated as an America's Byway (Federal Highway Administration, 1996), a National Recreation Trail (National Parks Service, 1980-81); recognized for intrinsic scenic, natural, recreational, historic, cultural and archaeological qualities
· State designated as New York State and Pennsylvania state bicycle route
· AAA recognized as "quintessential American road trip"
· Great Lakes Seaway Trail is one of 150 nationally-designated byways in the U.S. and receives 130,000 visitors/month on the byways.org website
· Includes 86 communities and 11 counties [St. Lawrence, Jefferson, Oswego, Cayuga, Wayne, Monroe, Orleans, Niagara, Erie, Chautauqua (NY) and Erie (PA)] in two states (NY, PA)
· Travel themes for the byway include:
Ø Boating, canoeing, kayaking...
Ø Diving and shipwrecks
Ø War of 1812
Ø French and Indian War
Ø Coastal agricultural bounty and heritage
Ø Famous Americans: Lucille Ball, Frederic Remington, George Boldt, George Pullman, Harriett Tubman, aviation pioneer Curtis Bell, Susan B. Anthony, Frederick Douglass, George Eastman, Frank Lloyd Wright, William Seward...
Ø Family travel
Ø Leisure driving
Ø Original foods dining: Buffalo wings, 1812 Ale, French's Mustard, shore dinners, Jell-O, beef on ‘weck, Heluva Good and River Rat cheese, 1000 Islands Dressing, Welch's Grape Juice, Zweigle's Hot Dogs, Abbott's Frozen Custard...
Ø Winery touring: 4 wine trails parallel or intersect the byway
Ø Winter season outdoor fun
Ø and the Great Lakes Seaway Trail GeoTrail high-tech treasure hunting adventure - new for 2010!