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post #1 of 12 Old May 7th, 2007, 10:28 am Thread Starter
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NW NY Trip ???

If there is any place for this question... its on tihs board. I have a week off coming up soon and would like to take my wife up to see Niagra Falls. Any suggestions of where to stay and places to see? After the falls I would like to head southeast a bit and then west back to Columbus, OH. Any destinations you would suggest on the way back in NY or PA. I wanted to stop off in Corning, NY and possibly Jamestown, NY as well.
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Not sure what types of attractions you are looking for, but a few that may be interesting are

Letchworth State Park, Watkins Glenn Gorge, Many Many wineries along the finger lakes, Corning Museum of Glass, Glenn Curtiss Museum, Wings of Eagles Airplane Museum, Rockwell Museum, Harris Hill National Soaring Museum, Watkins Glenn Racetrack, if it's around Memorial day weekend then the LPGA will be playing the Corning Classic as well.

All of these are within 75 miles or so of Corning and depending on interest can be quick stops or most of the day events.

I am not an expert, but do live in the area. Unfortunately, I don't get a chance to ride as much as I would like so I am not as much help on "great roads to ride", but will help if I can. I have spent too many years in a cage so am used to taking the direct routes. Only the past year and a half I have started "seeing" the countryside again.

Good Luck let me know if I can help.

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When my wife and I went to Niagra, we stayed on the Canadian side because with the exchange rate it was less expensive. Also Niagra Canada was fun. Outside of Buffalo NY, we rode an excursion boat on the Erie Canal.

I am not sure but you may need a passport to return into the US now, I dont know when it will come into effect, You may want to look into it, When we went all you needed was a picture ID or Drivers License! We rode around the Canada side of Lake Ontario to Watertown Ny.

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last summer karen and I went to Niagra and the GPS listed several choices.....
one was "Peace Park"........sounded good.............................................. .....
Before I knew it, we were headed into canada........................
What a stroke of luck ! Go to the Canadian side ....much nicer.......................

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Without being seen to be chauvinistic, the Canadian side of the Falls and surrounding area is indeed much prettier. Niagara Falls, Ontario (versus Niagara Falls, N.Y.) has a couple of very big casinos, and many, many tourist attractions. There are numerous nearby wineries, with tours and sampling, if you enjoy that sort of thing. Your cell phone will work in Ontario. The Canadian dollar has become much stronger in relation to the US $. Today, $1.00 (US) is worth $1.10 (Can).

When entering Canada from the United States, U.S. citizens must show either a U.S. passport or other proof of U.S. citizenship - such as an original or certified birth certificate together with photo identification. U.S. citizens entering Canada from a third country must have a valid passport. A visa is not required for U.S. citizens for a stay up to 180 days.

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Also note if you go into Canada you want to check with your insurance company that they cover you. Typically this requires just notifying them and they listing it for car, but I don't know for motorcycle.

Yes the Canadian side is better vantage point, because your looking at the USA side

Maid of the Mist http://www.niagaraparks.com/nfgg/maidmist.php

Cave of the Winds http://www.niagarafrontier.com/winds.html

Are great options as well.

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I noticed that no one suggested any tourist destinations in Buffalo....

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Buffalo??

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NW NY Trip

As far as insurance goes call you ins. co. they will send an insurance card that is good in Canada no extra cost & no extra coverage is needed. Card I believe is good for 6 Months.
A passport is only necessary if you fly into Canada this year. If you drive birth certificate with the seal on it is all you need.
The finger lake region is beautiful also has lots of wineries if that interests you.
Beautiful area enjoy the trip.

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Just a little south west of Corning (directly south of Bath , NY) is a great area to wander around on absolutely super back roads. Lots of curves and elevation change, little traffic. Very few towns and all of them are very small, no stop lights of even stop signs. I have several favorite back country routes in that area where I can ride for between 100 and 200 miles with maybe a dozen stop signs at intersections and virtually no towns. It is really beautiful country. Winding valleys with maybe 1,000 foot wooded hills on all sides. You can follow the valleys or go up and over the hills. When you get up high the views are spectacular. I really enjoy riding in that area with no real destination, just going out for an relaxing afternoon, sometimes all day.
If that sort of riding interests you, I can give you some directions to get strated and then you can explore on your own. Or if schedules were to work out I could lead you on some of my favorite routes.

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a "must do" is the White Turkey Drive-in in Coneaut, OH

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The things I'd look for are:
1. Finger Lakes region.....ride the 414 (it has its own exit off the 90) south to Watkins Glen.
2. Gettysburg. Once past the McDonald's on the edge of the battlefield, it is truely a special place. Recommend the Electronic Map in the main building before touring around. Get a tape/CD and take the self-guided tour.
3. Fallingwater in western PA. This is Frank Lloyd Wright's masterpiece of domestic design. Can give you directions if need be.

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