…a Passport through History and a Guidebook for Today!

Cruise the past and unlock the adventure on 100 Must-See Miles on the Erie Canal as it winds its way through

  • Three Counties: Orleans, Monroe & Wayne Counties, New York
  • Thirteen Towns & Villages: from Medina to Clyde
  • One Major City: Rochester

TOUCH THE PAST IN ABANDONED CANAL LOCKS and historic buildings. Cross “bridges” into the present by floating along calm waters and strolling picturesque village streets. Visit sites that have survived unchanged and savor a slower pace while traveling through magnificent scenery. Taste freshly harvested produce at a local farmer’s market. Enjoy the fun of a lively canalside festival or concert!

Since the early 1900’s, school children and adults have been singing these words across America and around the world:

“I’ve got an old mule and her name is Sal,
Fifteen miles on the Erie Canal.
She’s a good old worker and a good old pal,
Fifteen miles on the Erie Canal.”

Why has this refrain echoed through decades to a time when people can travel millions of miles through space? Why does “Clinton’s Big Ditch” still intrigue us?

Perhaps the answers lie in the ageless allure of traveling on waterways and the timeless appeal of legends. Whatever the reasons, the Erie Canal continues to fascinate. So if you have enough time, travel its nearly 350-mile route between Albany and Buffalo. But if you only have a few days, or a few hours, to discover its magic, then spend your time along 100 must-see miles on the Erie Canal as described for you here!

Take in 50 Must-See Points of Interest that are unique to this region including:

  • Heritage & Cultural Sites
  • Feats of Engineering
  • Nature Trails
  • Recreational Opportunities
Map of 100 Must See Miles on the Erie Canal
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