- Shakespeare in the Park
- Alive at Five
- Xerox Rochester Jazz Festival
- Spotlight: Erie Canal
- Museum Mile Festival
- Rose Day at Mills Garden
- Freihofer’s Saratoga Jazz Festival
- MWPAI Art Festival
- Sahlen's Six Hours of the Glen
- New York State Chinese Lantern Festival
- Bard Summerscape
- Independence Day Weekend
- Water Music New York
- Macy's Fourth of July Fireworks Spectacular
- Glimmerglass Festival
- Taste of Buffalo
- Garden Walk Buffalo
- YoFi Film Festival
Take A Cycling Trip Amtrak's Lake Shore Limited Line!
All of these locations are accessible via Amtrak and Enterprise*!
ALBANY COUNTY RAIL TRAIL
(5.1 Miles from Albany Amtrak Station)
An 8.4-mile bike trail and former home to the Delaware, Hudson and Canadian Pacific Railways, this trail opened in 2003 and is used by both cyclists and walkers. A creek that riders can see for part of the beautiful ride parallels with the trail. There are two parks along the way, Veterans Memorial park in Delmar and Fireman’s park in Slingerlands. This beautiful wooded trail is a perfect place to ride as the leaves change into their fall colors.
PHILLIP A. RAYHILL MEMORIAL TRAIL
(5.2 Miles from Utica Amtrak Station)
Since 2006 cyclists have been able to ride and enjoy the commute from New Hartford to Whitestone. The four-mile trail rides along Route 840. Although the trail is short, it makes up for it with its beauty. The trail is named after the resident who pushed for more recreational activities for fitness purposes. Rayhill has also been credited with the creation of the project.
PHOTO BY TOM SULCER
GENESEE RIVERWAY TRAIL
(3.3 Miles from Rochester Amtrak Station)
One of the longer trails on our list, being 16.5 miles long. Because of its vast distance, riders will pass through many beautiful cities, suburbs and beautiful scenic views. There are long boardwalk stretches on Lake Ontario and views of large waterfalls on the Genesee River. The trail also brings cyclists through the lively heart of downtown Rochester.
PHOTO BY ONORE BAKA SAMA
LANCASTER HERITAGE TRAIL
(6.5 Miles from Buffalo-Depew Amtrak Station)
If you’re looking for a short mellow trail that allows cyclists to rest frequently and take in the scenery, then this is the perfect stop! This trail takes you four miles through the countryside of Lancaster County. As the leaves begin to fall from the trees the path to this trail becomes even prettier. Fun Fact: Parts of the Lancaster Heritage Trail contains railway beds that date back to the 1800’s!
PHOTO FROM WIKI COMMONS
ERIE CANALWAY TRAIL
(9.2 Miles from Syracuse Amtrak Station)
The 280-mile bike trail, known as the Erie Canalway Trail, spans all the way from Albany to Buffalo! The trail has a few gaps, that take cyclists through city streets to meet back up with the trail. However, by 2017, 200 years after the construction of the Erie Canal, the trail will go from start to finish. That’s 360 miles of cycling! Riders will be able to view bridges raising and lowering for passing boats, a great view of the canal, and they’ll get to experience a large portion of the New York scenery. The Canalway Trail is accessible at five different stops on the Lake Shore Limited Line (Albany-Rensselaer, Schenectady, Utica, Syracuse, and Buffalo-Depew).