There are certain places in the country that tend to bring a specific image to mind. Houston and rockets, Indianapolis and fast cars, or Orlando and mouse ears – each place has a major attraction that is very often their most well-known claim to fame.
However, for every city or state that has a big attraction, there are so many other hidden gems nearby that never become household names. All of those other attractions – the little restaurants, unique museums, and scenic overlooks are very often just as entertaining or educational for anyone adventurous enough to wander off the regular track.
For Saratoga Springs, NY, the local racetrack brings throngs of visitors for just 7 short weeks during the summer. Although the historic track, which is also the oldest sports venue in the country, is definitely something worth a visit, there is much more to Saratoga Springs and the surrounding area than just horses.
Upstate New York’s Capital District, as the counties near Saratoga Springs are known, has a wide variety of beautiful natural resources that are reason enough to visit. Although well inland from the Atlantic Coast, major waterways such as Saratoga Lake, Lake George and Lake Placid are all within easy reach. Even 490-square-mile Lake Champlain is only a short drive away.
For hikers or backpackers, Eastern New York State offers some of the most beautiful scenery in the US. Just an hour outside of Saratoga Springs lies a large chunk of the Appalachian Trail, arguably one of the most famous “footpaths” in the world.
Plenty of other trails cross the landscape in the Capital District as well. The Adirondack, Catskill, and Green Mountains all offer their own unique walks through the woods and plenty of beautiful places for tourists to explorer.
The perfect place for campers and RV’ers, Saratoga Springs and the Capital District are also home to plenty of parks and campgrounds for long or short term stays. Whether coming in by Class A motorhome or teardrop trailer, campers can find wonderful accommodations waiting nearby.
Campers looking for waterfront accommodations will find 700 feet of beachfront and full-service hookups at Adirondacks Foothills RV Campground near Great Sacandaga Lake. Visitors to beautiful Lake George can find family adventures and at nearby Lake George RV Park, which also features full-hookup sites, a dog park, and an RV Park Trolley for visiting attractions both inside and outside of the park.
For campers and RV’ers looking for more unique experiences, the Saratoga area hosts an incredible line-up of musicians all summer long. By reserving a spot at Lee’s Park, campers can enjoy concerts featuring Celtic Woman, Zac Brown Band, Steely Dan, Maroon 5, and many other household names.
Stradling the border of New York and Vermont, Lake Champlain offers its own beautiful and unique camping and RVing experiences. The huge lake, which legend states is home to Champ, its own sea monster lurking in the murky depths,
On the Vermont side of Lake Champlain, travelers can use the Shelburne Camping Area as a full hookup home base for trips to the unique Shelburne Museum and what might be its most interesting display – the landlocked 220-foot steamship Ticonderoga. The story of the ship’s 2-mile journey from Lake Champlain to its current home in Shelburne is well worth the visit.
There are so many other things to do and see in and around Upstate New York’s Capital District and Saratoga Springs that make the area an amazing destination for campers and RV’ers, or just tourists looking for someplace new to go.
With the wealth of campgrounds and RV parks available nearby as well, there isn’t much holding you back from visiting Saratoga Spring, NY. Whether you’re looking for a or you’re off to the races, Saratoga Springs is a pleasant surprise with something for everyone.
If you’re looking to rent a camper and head on up the trail, be sure to reach out to Saratoga Springs area Camper Connection branch manager Stacy Maxon and she’ll put her expertise to work for you.
As a Capital District local, Stacy and her husband Garth can help you rent a camper or RV, get your rented camper set up at your site, and even recommend great local attractions for you and your herd.
Reach out to The Camper Connection team today and we’ll help you hit the road in style.