Roadside Landmarks to See in Upstate New York

Still bored in the house and in the house bored? There are a few quick roadside landmarks that you can drive to see here in Upstate New York.

New York Upstate posted a list of 12 roadside landmarks in Upstate New York you have to visit. I narrowed it down to some of the closest to us but feel free to visit any and all of them if you have the time.

  • Grafton Peace Pagoda, Grafton: there’s something special about this place. It’s a little out of the way but the overwhelming energy of the space is something to experience. “The pagoda was the inspiration of Japanese-American peace activist and Buddhist nun Jun Yasuda. It all started when she called for the freedom of Native American activist Dennis Banks and sat fasting on the steps of the New York State Capitol Building in 1983. During this fast, a Native American activist named Hank Hazelton offered her a piece of land to build a monument for peace.”
  • Woodstock Field, Bethel: 1969 was a crazy time in the United States but even crazier for the three-day period in Bethel, NY. More than 450,000 concert-goers filled the field that this (large) patch of grass is a landmark. Imagine the stories that grass could tell.

The other options include the largest pancake griddle, a nostalgic gas station, fork in the road, teeny chapel, lighthouse, and more!



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