Friday, November 15, 2013

Your Favorite Interstate Exits: I-87 in New York

English: Mount Defiance from Fort Ticonderoga
English: Mount Defiance from Fort Ticonderoga (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Interstate 87 runs north to south for 333 miles along the eastern border of the state of New York. This interstate is technically called an intrastate because it is located entirely within one state.  I-87, which is the longest intrastate in the United States, starts at the Canadian border and travels through the Hudson Valley before ending in the Bronx. The section of this highway between Albany and Yonkers is part of the New York Thruway and does have a toll.

Champlain, Plattsburgh, West Glen Falls, Glen Falls, Saratoga Springs, Schenectady, Albany, Newburgh, Tarrytown and Yonkers are connected by this interstate. Attractions near I-87 include Lake Champlain, the Catskills, Fort Ticonderoga, Natural Stone Bridges & Caves Park, Hudson River, Home of FDR Historical Site, Long Island Sound, Lake George, Ausable Chasm and Adirondack Park. The beaches of the Atlantic Ocean are a short trip away from the southern end of this highway.

Please share with other drivers your experiences as to which exits are best for single travelers or anyone for that matter. Reasons for the choice may include the safety of the surrounding area, the availability of good hotels and restaurants or proximity to the interstate. Please make sure to give the exit number or a description of the location. For example, when I discuss I-40, I would recommend Exit 145 in Oklahoma City. Many hotels and restaurants were located at this exit and I felt safe in the area. This exit was very convenient for easily continuing west without the hassle of dealing with early morning rush hour traffic.

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