A vacation on the Erie Canal in the Finger Lakes region includes
wine tasting, shopping, sightseeing,  and biking on canal towpaths
and rail lines turned into bike trails
Remnants of the 1825 Erie Canal, the first of three
versions, offers historic sites and old towpaths where
Horses once pulled the boats.
The Erie Canal, once touted as the Eighth Wonder of the World, has
seen two rebuilding phases since the first project. As boats grew
larger and steam power came in, the towpaths along the old course
fell to disuse.
Railroads built track along the canal and then as that mode of
transport gave way to airplanes and trucking, the flat and wide haul
tracks and rail beds became bike and walking paths.
Many towns along the way have museums to canal history some
large and others tiny. Each town, however, takes pride in the part it
played in canal history.
Canalway Trail, several off-road trails beside the old and now abandoned canal
located within the Old Erie Canal State Historic Park.  State Bicycle Route 5 offers a
bicycle lane on the on-road portion of the trail.
  • B&B Rome  
During a week-long vacation  you can cover the hundred and twenty miles or more
between Rome and Palmyra, stopping at Inns and B&Bs for the night and exploring the
villages and history.
To take this section of the trail going west, start near Fort Stanwick National
Monument, cross over Lock 21, and end the first part in Syracuse.
Central NY B&B, Rome
Pick the trail up again west of Syracuse and end at Port Byron. From there it is about
20 miles southwest to Skaneateles Lake.  Going west from Port Byron, the trail goes
on-road, using Route 31 to Lyons where it again goes off-road to Palmyra, crossing
over at Lock 29.
Lodging List, Hotels, Budget Hotels
  • Seneca Lake B&B
A trip 15 miles south of Lyons offers the lakes region  of Seneca Lake  Seneca Lake
region B&B
  • Palmyra Area B&B, Newark
A B&B located in the canal-side village of Newark, eight miles east of Palmyra.
Vintage Gardens Bed & Breakfast
The modern locks, built in 1917, are
maintained by the Lock Masters and crew.
Erie Canal Finger Lakes Region, Inn to Inn Vacation
The Erie Canal Finger Lakes
Region offers trails for
biking from Inn to Inn,  
B&B to B&B.  
Along the way find
history museums,  
barge tours and
off-road bicycle trails
built on the old tow
paths and rail lines
from Rome To Palmyra
in the central section of
the Erie Canal.
Multi-use trails
along the Erie
200 miles
More adventurous vacationers could take an extreme Vacation and
join the 500 riders who make the annual 400-mile group trip each
July from Buffalo to Albany to promote awareness of this resource
Erie Barge Canal
Erie Canal sections
  • East End
Waterford near Albany to Rome. The Erie Canal starts at the eastern end in Waterford at the mouth of the Mohawk River.
  • Mid Section
Rome, Skaneateles/ Finger Lakes, to Palmyra.  This is wine country, museums such as
the  Cooperstown Baseball Hall Of Fame are within 50 miles, shopping, and dining in New
York State farm country.
  • West End
Palmyra to Buffalo. This section includes the Eastman House Museum of Photography,
canal museums, and Niagara Falls.  
The entire Erie Canal stretches for 360 miles and by dividing it in three sections you can
travel one section during a week-long vacation, about 120 miles, and allow ample time for
The tow paths are now
walking and biking trails
Another way to tour the Erie Canal is to rent a barge. You captain
the boat after an introductory session on locking through. Carry your
bikes and sleep on board. Along the way you tie up for the night
where you find  pumping stations, fuel and a walk to the village for
Bike from Rome to
Palmyra on trails
for  biking or
walking where
you can find
villages with Inns
and B&Bs.
. The City  of
Syracuse is 15
miles north of  the
Finger Lakes wine
This section ends
at Palmyra, home
of Joseph Smith,
63 miles west of
The village of
Jordan has built a
park in the old
canal bed.
Erie Canal
Vacation: A
Center Section
Erie Canal Inn to Inn Vacation
A large repair and maintenance facility in Lyons
will interest those that wonder what it takes to
keep the Erie Canal in service.
A barge mounted crane near Palmyra
stabilizes the banks with stone
Stone dust
trail in Palmyra
A locks section of the 1825 canal near Palmyra. You can
see the indented section where the hand-operated lock
doors would have recessed for boat passage.
Skaneateles Village
is along the northern
shore of
Skaneateles Lake,
one of the finger
Skaneateles is a
good side trip, 15
miles south of
Syracuse, for
upscale B&Bs,
shopping, and wine
Skaneateles Village at the top of Skaneateles Lake, one of the Finger Lakes, is a good
mid-week stop for some upscale shopping; it is about 15 miles south of Syracuse.
Tour boats
cruise out of
The Erie Canal was
modernised in 1917
Erie Canal Finger Lakes Region, Inn to Inn Vacation
 can include biking from Inn to Inn,  B&B to B&B on
the Erie Canal Bike trails.
History museums, wineries, barge tours and
off-road bicycle trails run  from Rome To Palmyra.
Skaneateles Village offers shopping and wine tasting
Reach The Erie Canal
  • Air
Buffalo Niagara International Airport (BUF)  is a major air hub for flights to the Erie Barge Canal at the west
end. Check
Auto Europe's Flights and rental vehicles.
Albany, at the east end of the Erie Canal, offers air service from
Albany International Airport (ALB)
Rental Cars Available
  • Auto
Interstate Highway 90 runs parallel to the Erie Canal from Albany to Buffalo
  • Bus
Greyhound, Trailways, and other bus lines service Buffalo and Albany.  Bikes can go aboard in the
luggage compartment
•Baggage must not exceed 62 inches when adding the total exterior dimensions of the piece (length + width + height). A charge of $30 -
$40 (depending on the distance traveled) will be applied to any baggage above the 62-inch limit.
◦Packaging exceptions will only be made for the following items: bicycles, skis and ski poles must be packed in wood, canvas or other
substantial container, and securely fastened    (Excerpted from Greyhound)
  • Train
Amtrak, Albany-Rensselaer, NY, (ALB) To Buffalo,  Depew, NY,  (BUF),   $47 USD , five hours
service available in Rome
Erie Canal Bus, Train Travel
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Skaneateles village at the edge of Skaneateles
Lake offers shopping and wine tasting
Combine bike rides with canal barge trips on a rented
boat or canal tour boat.
Inn to Inn,
Finger Lakes
Erie canal barge torus
Erie Canal Bike
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