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The Erie Canal Packet Boat Ride, Rome, NY

The Erie Canal Packet Boat Ride, Rome, NY

Some called the Erie Canal the Eighth Wonder of the World. Many had said it couldn’t be done. The completion of the Canal and the burst of business it brought catapulted New York State into fame and riches, earning its nickname, “The Empire State.” The Canal is gone, preserved only in a few places in Upstate NY. But here at the Erie Canal Village, the Erie Canal lives on. We rode the packet boat for an enchanting step back in time.

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New York's Mohawk Valley

New York’s Mohawk Valley

The Mohawk Valley used to be called the Gateway to the West because it was the only navigable route to the western frontier of the United States, until the railroads were built in the late 1800s. It’s a lowland of fertile hills and abundant waters, and political turmoil. But it’s a beautiful place.