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Old Erie Canal Historic State Park

Walk, bike or ski along the historic path of the Erie Canal in this long, beautiful and well-maintained park east of Syracuse.

Old Erie Canal Historic State Park is a set of trails following along the former towpath for the Erie Canal. Unused by boats for almost 100 years, it is perfect for a walk, bike, cross-country ski or horseback ride. Tackle the full stretch of almost 36 miles (57 kilometers) in one day or pick smaller sections for relaxed walks along the disused canal.

Set out on your chosen trip and imagine the traffic that used to flow down the canal, which numbered up to 33,000 ships per year. Traipse over the footbridges to see the remnants of stone aqueducts, whose massive stones have stood the test of time. 

Enjoy a picnic at Cedar Bay or host a barbecue for the whole family. Walk in silence and appreciate the slow rush of the water and the twittering of birds in the trees. 

In the summer, experienced and new bicyclists can ride down the length of the path while learning about the history of the area with the annual Tour the Towpath, a favorite community activity. In winter, rent a snowmobile and go fast along the snow-covered trail. 

End your jaunt at the now-defunct Erie Canal Village, once a privately operated museum. Explore the outside of the buildings and boat launch, which are a historic recreation of a 19th-century canal village once located outside Rome. Call a taxi from the parking lot, continue into Rome itself for a rewarding lunch or head back down the trail to your car, ruminating on your new perspective on the Erie Canal and its history.

Old Erie Canal Historic State Park stretches between the cities of Rome and DeWitt, New York, on the east side of Syracuse. Parking is available at multiple points along the trail. The parking area in DeWitt, closest to Syracuse, is a 20-minute drive from the airport or a 15-minute drive from Syracuse University. Access various points along the trail from nearby highways. Trail maps are available from the New York State Park website or from the parking area in DeWitt.


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Marriott Syracuse Downtown $103
Marriott Syracuse Downtown

Marriott Syracuse Downtown

100 East Onondaga Street, Syracuse, NY
     
    4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    Located in Downtown Syracuse, this historic hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Onondaga County War Memorial, Landmark Theatre, and Everson Museum of Art. The Oncenter and Armory Square are also within 10 minutes.

    Maplewood Suites Extended Stay- Syracuse/Airport $78
    Maplewood Suites Extended Stay- Syracuse/Airport

    Maplewood Suites Extended Stay- Syracuse/Airport

    400 7th North St., Liverpool, NY
       
      3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

      Situated near the airport, this hotel is within 3 mi (5 km) of NBT Bank Stadium, Central New York Regional Market, and WonderWorks. 5 Wits Adventure and Destiny USA are also within 3 mi (5 km).

      DoubleTree by Hilton Syracuse $84
      DoubleTree by Hilton Syracuse

      DoubleTree by Hilton Syracuse

      6301 Route 298, East Syracuse, NY
         
        3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

        Situated near the airport, this hotel is within 9 mi (15 km) of Destiny USA, Erie Canal Museum, and Landmark Theatre. Museum of Science and Technology and Everson Museum of Art are also within 12 mi (20 km).

        Hampton Inn & Suites by Hilton Syracuse Dewitt $93
        Hampton Inn & Suites by Hilton Syracuse Dewitt

        Hampton Inn & Suites by Hilton Syracuse Dewitt

        3017 Erie Blvd E, Syracuse, NY
           
          2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

          Located in Eastside, this hotel is within 2 mi (3 km) of Le Moyne College, Central New York Playhouse, and Shoppingtown Mall. Old Erie Canal Historic State Park and Palace Theater are also within 3 mi (5 km).

          Embassy Suites Syracuse $110
          Embassy Suites Syracuse

          Embassy Suites Syracuse

          6646 Old Collamer Road South, East Syracuse, NY
             
            3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

            Situated near the airport, this hotel is 1.3 mi (2.1 km) from Brooklawn Golf Course and 2.8 mi (4.5 km) from Palace Theater. Destiny USA and Le Moyne College are also within 6 mi (10 km).

            Embassy Suites by Hilton Syracuse Destiny USA $118
            Embassy Suites by Hilton Syracuse Destiny USA

            Embassy Suites by Hilton Syracuse Destiny USA

            311-371 Hiawatha Blvd., Syracuse, NY
               
              3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

              Located in Lakefront, this hotel is within 2 mi (3 km) of Destiny USA, Museum of Science and Technology, and Erie Canal Museum. Landmark Theatre and Everson Museum of Art are also within 3 mi (5 km). Syracuse Regional Transportation Center is 17 minutes by foot.

              Holiday Inn Express & Suites Dewitt (Syracuse) $89
              Holiday Inn Express & Suites Dewitt (Syracuse)

              Holiday Inn Express & Suites Dewitt (Syracuse)

              5908 Widewaters Pkwy, East Syracuse, NY
                 
                2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

                Situated near the airport, this hotel is within 6 mi (10 km) of Erie Canal Museum, Syracuse University, and Everson Museum of Art. The Oncenter and Museum of Science and Technology are also within 6 mi (10 km).

                Econo Lodge Dewitt I-90 $42
                Econo Lodge Dewitt I-90

                Econo Lodge Dewitt I-90

                3400 Erie Blvd E, DeWitt, NY
                   
                  2.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Located in the heart of DeWitt, this motel is within 6 mi (10 km) of Erie Canal Museum, Syracuse University, and The Oncenter. Museum of Science and Technology and Destiny USA are also within 9 mi (15 km).