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The foodies on your client roster will enjoy this new tour, which just launched last week. The Upstate Eats Trail launched in New York State and will have travelers experiencing the iconic food along a 200-mile journey connecting Buffalo, Rochester, Syracuse, and Binghamton.

Though the route can be done in 2-3 days, it’s recommended that travelers carve out 4-5 days in order to be able to stop and take in the many activities and sites along the way.

On this foodie-focused road trip, visitors will learn the origins of Buffalo wings in Buffalo, Garbage Plates in Rochester, salt potatoes in Syracuse and spiedies in Binghamton, as well as an array of other lesser-known specialties, from century-old ice cream and hot dog stands to beef on weck sandwiches, hot pies and ground rounds. The trail includes 20 total signature stops – five in each city – plus a variety of additional “side dishes” to continue exploring. Comfort food is what’s on the menu as traveler drive around exploring New York State.

In between each city, the trail will route visitors off the interstate for a scenic drive along Lake Ontario, the Erie Canal, the Finger Lakes, and the rolling hills of Central New York as travelers explore many historic small towns and villages. The route goes along some of the country’s historic sites, including the Harriet Tubman House in Auburn, as well as off-the-beaten path locations like the Jell-O Gallery in LeRoy and the “It’s a Wonderful Life” Museum in Seneca Falls.

Dining in Anchor Bar in Buffalo. (Photo credit: KC Kratt.)

Also along the route, travelers can find farm stands, craft breweries, vineyards, museums, historic sites, State Parks, hiking trails, beaches, swimming holes, flea markets, drive-in movie theatres, a National Historic Park—Women’s Rights National Historic Park, the Gensee Country Village & Museum—New York’s largest history museum, Destiny USA—New York’s largest shopping mall, plus special events and festivals scheduled throughout the summer months.

For those traveling with kids, there are plenty of family fun attractions along the route as well including the Strong National Museum of Play in Rochester—one of the largest interactive children’s museums in the U.S., in Syracuse there’s the Milton J. Rubenstein Musuem of Science & Technology, in Binghamton, known as the “Carousel Capital of the World,” travelers can visit six hand-carved merry-go-rounds found in the public parks, and in Buffalo, there’s Riverworks entertainment complex ideal for older kids offering ziplining, rock climbing, and paddleboarding on the Buffalo River. And, travelers can also take a 30-minute detour from Buffalo for a stop at Niagara Falls where they can check out the Maid of the Mist, Cave of the Winds, and Whirlpool Jet Boat Tours.

Travelers looking to head out this summer for a road trip, he Upstate Eats Trail is filled with plenty of tasty treats, beautiful scenery, and roadside stops along the way.

Let your clients know that though most businesses are currently opened again, and restaurants are open for indoor dining, take out is also still available. In addition, certain businesses such as attractions and restaurants may require the purchase of tickets or reservations in advance of visiting. It’s advised to call ahead before stopping in for the most up-to-date information.

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