Howe Caverns: Tour & Stay

Editor's Note: This blog was updated from a past New York By Rail experience visiting Howe Caverns Roaming through limestone corridors, vast galleries and beneath colossal boulders, I’m 156 feet below the earth’s surface in a cave, six million years in the making. With strange formations, flowing sheets and dripping stalactites, the solid rock walls appear fluid-like. Continuing down a [...] Continue reading  

Where the Railroad Meets the Farmer

A train trip through Upstate New York aboard Amtrak takes you past many farms; fields of corn, apple orchards, and dairy cows flashing by outside the window. Yet there is one place along the Empire Corridor where the state’s cornucopia of agricultural abundance comes in direct contact with our intercity passenger rail system - the farmers market at the Utica [...] Continue reading  

Home Run!

New York By Rail publisher, Tom Martinelli, an avid baseball fan, caught-up with Jeff Idelson, president of the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum.

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Howe Glassworks: Glassblowing at Howe Caverns

Photo Courtesy of Howe Caverns Howe Caverns is bringing the New Year in hot with their all-new glassblowing attraction, Howe Glassworks Studio. Known for keeping adventure alive, Howe Caverns provides captivating underground tours of one of the only ancient mineral caves in the world. But the excitement no longer ends there. Howe Caverns has brought the fiery art of glassblowing [...] Continue reading  

Adventure Tours at Howe Caverns

After getting a first taste of the jagged rock formations and glimmering waters that lurk below the surface of Howe Caverns, you can journey deeper into the mysterious caves. The Howe Caverns Adventure Tour goes beyond that of the traditional tours, giving amateur spelunkers a bolder subterranean experience.

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Day Cruise on the Erie Canal

A gentle breeze brushes my hair as I take a seat at the bow of the Lil’ Diamond III. As the clouds dissipate, the sun breaks through and shines above the ceaseless stretch of tree-lined and crystalline waterway ahead. A structure appears in the distance, and a group of passengers flood onto the benches around me. We gape upward as the boat glides casually beneath an imposing guard gate, a guillotine-style gate designed to isolate sections of the Erie Canal in the case of an emergency.

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The “New” Erie Canal Turns 100

Although the canal was first completed in 1825, it was re-routed and enlarged in a massive 28-year project ending in 1862, which resulted in an essentially new canal. Its present-day course and configuration opened to navigation in 1918, marking 2018 as the 100th anniversary of New York’s storied waterway in its current form.

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The Fabulous Beekman Boys

Hosts of the Cooking Channel’s, The Fabulous Beekman Boys, magazine publishers and hosts of seasonal festivals that attract visitors from around the world, Brent Ridge and Josh Kilmer-Purcell oversee what NASDAQ calls “one of the fastest growing lifestyle brands in the country”.

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Happy 50th Anniversary Empire Service!

The Empire Service has not only survived the ups and downs of the last half-century but also become a mainstay among New York rail-travelers. What the future holds for intercity service in Upstate New York is hard to predict, but hopefully, the high-speed rail service will continue to serve the public.

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Discover New York’s Museums with Don Wildman

Greetings, fellow travelers! Thanks for joining me on my sprawling journey to New York’s amazing collection of museums. I’ve embarked – with the generous help of New York By Rail and I Love New York – on a statewide odyssey to explore the astonishing depth and breadth of a distinctive collective community — New York’s museums, learning a few of the remarkable things they have to teach along the way.

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Amber Waves – Craft Beverage Industry in NYS

Craft beers, cider and spirits return to New York State. Think of American alcoholic beverages, and chances are your mind wanders West, to Colorado’s mountains, Kentucky’s pot stills and St. Louis’s breweries—toward endless Midwestern fields of grain. But it wasn’t always that way. In the early 1900s, New York State was a leader in brewing cider and beer and distilling spirits. …

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9 Ways to Celebrate the Arrival of Spring

With the wacky weather this year, it looks like the warm weather is finally here to stay. Tulips will be seen peeking from the ground and the sun making its way from behind the clouds. It’s time to head outdoors and embrace all this newfound beauty. Fortunately, there are a number of events throughout New York State accessible via Amtrak …

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Baseball Stadiums reachable via Amtrak

Whether you’re a hardcore sports fanatic or someone who is simply looking for a fun outdoor event, baseball games are an exciting experience for the whole family. You’re not tied down to only sitting on the bleachers, however. You may also enjoy some of the other recreational activities offered by the stadiums, or visit the Baseball Hall of Fame in …

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6 Not-To-Miss St. Patrick’s Day Parades

St. Patrick’s Day parades, which once served as a way to comfort homesick Irish immigrants, now attract crowds across cultures, states, and religions. So you don’t have to be Irish to celebrate! Here are six exciting parades across New York State that are all accessible by Amtrak:

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