2014 Dutchmen Aspen Trail
2014 Dutchmen Aspen Trail
The 435-mile road trip from New Haven, Connecticut, to Buffalo, New York, can be completed in a weekend and is a great road trip opportunity for RVers. Take Interstate 91 north from New Haven to exit 41, then use Interstate 90 to head west to Buffalo. Your route will take you through beautiful north eastern US forests and countryside. Make this trip in the fall and you will be treated to a spectacular show of autumn colors and unique fall activities available along the way.
New Haven is a fabulous coastal city with Long Island Sound shorelines. Take boat tours to islands off the coast and make sure you spend some time at the beach, swimming, sunbathing, and playing in the sand! There is a great beach just east of New Haven at Hammonasset Beach State Park with the longest shoreline in the state at over 2 miles, and 550 excellent campsites for RVers. You can also camp at the Niantic KOA east of New Haven on I-95.
Enjoy dining and shopping opportunities in New Haven where the downtown is considered one of the most walkable districts in the country, and craft breweries, live music, and great restaurants abound. Families will find a plethora of great parks and outdoor activities with hiking to enjoy in the region before setting out for Buffalo.
There is nothing quite like the autumn colors in the Adirondacks! The colors on the trees are breathtaking, and unique opportunities for fall fun are available on your trip down Interstate 90.
Take a quick detour off Interstate 90 after you pass Albany at exit 27, and take Route 30 across the Mohawk River, then take Route 67 north to Sweetman Road followed by a left onto Carlton Road which will take you to the Ellms Family Farm. Here your family can pick their own pumpkins, ride a trolley, make their way through a corn maze, and enjoy cider and donuts while taking in the awesome fall countryside on this authentic farm.
The farm is open to visitors from mid-September to the end of October and provides acres of fun and 40 activities and attractions. The corn maze takes about 90 minutes for most participants to complete, and is a unique country experience that is fun for families. There is also a Low Ropes Course where kids can make their way up and down steps and ladders, across planks and bridges, and up and over a climbing wall. Right next to the ropes course there are several ziplines to zoom down.
As you explore the farm you will get to make friends with some of the resident farm animals. Feed friendly goats that love to be petted, and see the pot-bellied pigs, bunny rabbits and free-range chickens on site. RV campers can find camping at the Caroga Lake Campground a short distance west of the farm.
Caroga Lake Campground is located a short distance north of Interstate 90, or west of the Ellms Farm and is located in the southern part of Adirondack Park. The campground park features a sandy swim beach with a lifeguard during the summer months, and swimming here is only permitted when the lifeguard is on duty. There is also a boat dock that provides a launch site for small boats, kayaks, and canoes on the 198 acre East Caroga Lake.
Watercraft are available for rent here, and boating and fishing on the lake are popular pastimes. There is even an exercise course with 18 stations maintained by the campground. Hikers will find hiking trails nearby in Adirondack Park, and if you come here during the fall you will be treated to awesome autumn colors. There are 161 campsites at the campground that accommodate RV units up to 40 feet in length. Sites are level and the campground is treed so most sites have some shade. Amenities include pit toilets and hot showers.
When you arrive in Buffalo, you are just a few miles south of the world-famous Niagara Falls. Don’t miss the opportunity to experience the falls which are actually three falls, the Horseshoe Falls or Canadian Falls, the American Falls, and the Bridal Veils Falls, at the end of the Niagara Gorge.
Take the Maid of the Mist, a boat tour that takes visitors to the base of the American Falls and the Horseshoe Falls, and is described by visitors as the “highlight” of their trip. It has been a favorite attraction at the falls for over 150 years. The Maid of the Mist is available for tours year-round. Visitors can also view the falls from the Niagara Falls Observation Tower which provides unobstructed views of the three falls and the raging waters below. Elevators at the tower also provide access to the base of the falls and the Maid of the Mist launch sites.
From the base of the falls, you can take stairs to a crow's nest for viewing the American Falls complete with spray from the mighty waterfall. Adventurers wanting to really experience the power of the falls can enter the Cave of the Winds. Visitors suit up with a waterproof gear before descending 175 feet into the gorge and walking the wooden walkways taking you to the “Hurricane Deck '' which puts visitors within feet of the cascading Bridal Falls waters. Conditions here are reminiscent of being in a storm so be prepared to get wet!
Your destination of Buffalo, NY is a great vacation destination. The city has transformed the waterfront in recent years and the city is known for its craft beer center. Architecture buffs will find numerous examples of Frank Wright structures in the city, and art fans can take in the Burchfield Penney Art Center.
Buffalo visitors are only a short distance from the magnificent world-famous Niagara Falls and its numerous attractions, and no trip to the city would be complete without taking a trip north to the falls. RV campsites can be found in the area at Niagara Falls KOA or at Darien Lakes State Park where 155 campsites suitable for RV camping are available.