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The Must-See Towns of Scenic Route 20

Looking down a street in a village

“America’s Main Street” runs right through Central New York. Scenic U.S. Route 20 runs from Boston, Massachusetts all the way to Newport, Oregon.

In Central New York, there are several towns and villages worth a stop when taking a journey down Route 20. From local mom-and-pop shops, history or art museums, agritourism to restaurant staples, there is something for everyone. Here are just a few…

Sharon Springs

Sharon Springs is a small valley town set 50 miles from Albany. Don’t let the size fool you, this town is located near some of the most popular attractions in Central New York.

A group of people in Howe Caverns

While passing through Sharon Springs, take a trip underground to discover a 6 million-year-old cave at Howe Caverns. The journey doesn’t stop there. Only 10 miles from town sits the Erie Canal and Mohawk River, where you can learn all about the history of these vital waterways.

If you have some extra time on your hands, 30 minutes from Sharon Springs is Cooperstown. In Cooperstown, you can find the National Baseball Hall of Fame, The Farmer’s Museum and the Fenimore Art Museum.

Getting hungry? Stop by the well-known Black Cat Café & Bakery for delicious sandwiches, salads and soups.

Cherry Valley

If you are looking for a historic pit stop, check out Cherry Valley. It’s a little detour off Route 20 in between Sharon Springs and East Springfield, but worth a visit.

This little valley town holds history from as early as the 18th century! Before reaching Cherry Valley from Sharon Springs, be sure to check out the roadside Tepee for all your kitschy souvenir shopping needs.

Richfield Springs

Richfield Springs is located in the town of Richfield. The village is a short 10-minute drive from Canadarago Lake. From lakes, summer concerts and agritourism, there is something going on around here for everyone.

Get outdoors and explore Richfield Springs. Visit the Fetterley Forest Conservation Area to learn about the wildlife and nature in the area.

Richfield Springs takes pride in locally grown products. Dyn’s Cider Mill is a family-owned cider mill that has been around since 1929. Enjoy fresh cider, baked goods, local cheeses, New York State maple syrup and farm-fresh produce. 

Pumpkin patch

For festive fall activities, visit Cullen Pumpkin Farm. Have a day picking pumpkins, trying to find your way through the corn maze and taking a ride on the wagon.

Bouckville

Located between Syracuse and Utica, Bouckville is a must-stop for antique lovers. Every year, Bouckville holds an antique festival that has over 2,000 antique dealers spread across 14 show fields. Plan to spend a day exploring all the collectibles and rustic goods.

Antique shopping outside

Cazenovia

Who doesn’t love a good brew stop? Cazenovia is the home to well-known CNY breweries and vineyard, Critz Farms Brewing & Cider Co., Empire Farm Brewery and Owera Vineyards.   

Take a refreshing sip of a hard cider or brew made on-site at Critz Farms.  Using their own farm-fresh ingredients, Critz never fails to disappoint. Taste them all by enjoying a flight or just sip on a pint. Nearby, is Empire Farm Brewery which opened in 2016 and has thrived ever since. With a full menu prepped with locally sourced ingredients offers one-of-a-kind pairing for your brew. Empire Farm Brewery prides itself on only serving its customers the best.

Looking for a great view? Owera Vineyards is a perfect place to sit outside, take in the scenery while appreciating some great wine and occasional live entertainment.

No matter where your journey takes you on Scenic Route 20, there is always something to do, see, learn, eat or drink! Just sit back, relax and enjoy the ride.