Saratoga Springs, also known as the Queen of the Spas, is renowned for its carbonated mineral springs that heal people. This city of New York dates back to the 18th century when people from the Northeast began visiting it, and by the mid-90s, the place started flooding with health resorts. Apart from the soothing water, the town also provides scenic nature views, a racetrack for horseback riding, and historical places.
When and How to Visit?
The best way to get here is to take a flight to Albany, followed by a cab. It’s only half an hour’s drive, or you can opt for a train from New York to Amtrak Station. You can explore the city all year long. Still, summer is when the tourist season begins, especially from July to September. If you want to enjoy less crowds and cooler weather, going in Autumn would be considered best. When it comes to Fall, all the best hiking trails open up in and outside of the city. Winters are quiet in Saratoga, New York, but you can still take up skiing or snowshoeing for the best experience.
Where to Stay?
According to your liking, you can stay in a prime location on Broadway or try modern motels or inns. The lavish Adelphi Hotel is the town’s gem with four restaurants and is situated at the city’s heart. You can also stay in Gideon Putnam in Saratoga Spa State Park, which embraces the heritage of the city of New York. For going budget-friendly, explore Bluebird Spa City Motor Lodge on Broadway or Brentwood Hotel, five minutes outside the town. The Batcheller Mansion Inn has a Victorian Mansion feel, while Inn at Saratoga has been in the game since 1843. You can also experience a Bed-and-Breakfast like Circular Manor, Union Gables Inn, and Springwater Bed & Breakfast.
Walking in the streets of Saratoga Springs and seeing all the hotels, historic buildings, restaurants, and art galleries, is an excellent idea. You can explore the Saratoga Springs History Museum, National Racing Museum, and Hall of Fame. There’s a cultural Saratoga Race Course of 350-acre grounds that opened in the 1800s, that offers a walking tour. If you wish to participate in outdoor activities, you should visit Saratoga Spa State Park, outside of downtown Saratoga. It is a 2,400-acre National Historic Landmark hosting spas, art centers, museums, and hiking and skiing trails. Another must-visit and beautiful hiking place is Saratoga National Historical Park.
Alaska is famous for many things, but for the most part, it’s known as the ultimate destination for adventurers. Many people spend their lives dreaming of this beautiful state with its untouched forests, its epic hiking trails, the cold temperatures, and the sense of achievement they will feel when they make it from their home to this final destination.
Into The Wild
One of the reasons why Alaska is so popular with adventurers is because of Christopher McCandless. Also known as ‘Alexander Supertramp,’ this man left his home in the early ‘90s in search of a better life in this state. He wanted to rid himself of money and modern existence and went on a mission to walk and hitchhike his way from Georgia right into the Alaskan bush. His story was the subject of the hugely famous book and movie, Into the Wild.
The Famous Bus
Although McCandless eventually made his way to Alaska, he found this basic life a struggle – especially in the harsh Alaskan conditions. He eventually stumbled across an abandoned Fairbanks Bus, which he used as his shelter and his home for 114 days before he sadly passed away from starvation. Since his story was made public, many people have gone on their own Into the Wild pilgrimage to see this bus for themselves and retrace Supertramp’s steps.
A Real Danger
Much like McCandless, though, these explorers soon realize that their mission isn’t going to be easy. In recent years, many people have found themselves succumbing to the cold conditions, the quick weather changes, and the swollen rivers that make up this journey. Because of this, the local government has decided to remove the bus for the safety of everyone who attempts to find it. At the moment, it’s not known where its new home will be.
So, those looking to embark on their own wild adventure may have to wait a while.