Once you leave behind the skyscrapers of New York City, the Adirondack quickly transports you back in time. Soon the large train windows are dominated by the dramatic cliffs of the Palisades and, the lush Hudson River Valley, where generations of painters have come to explore the colors and the light that plays off the trees and waterways of this region.
Along the way you'll pass by the medieval style turrets of Bannerman's Castle and also see West Point Academy, the military school residing on the high grounds over the Hudson River. This imposing location was a perfect natural line of defense, Which George Washington called the strategic' "key to America."
Just beyond the Hudson River Valley, the journey reaches its visual climax, the Lake Champlain region. This is where Benedict Arnold formed America's first fleet, and where the famous Fort Ticonderoga proudly stands.
History may surround its shores, but the real pleasure is the lake itself. The Adirondack hugs the shoreline for 50 miles. During the summer, Lake Champlain ripples with boats and swimmers; then in winter, ice fishermen and their huts are scattered throughout the cold surface.
This one-of-a-kind trip ends as the skyline of Montreal — a city famous for its old world European charm and up-to-the-minute restaurants and nightlife — comes into view. It's the perfect combination of old and new that reflects the entire day's journey.