Best Day Trips In and Around the 518

Updated: Oct 17, 2019


You don’t have to go far from home to hit up some great destinations this summer. There are plenty of places to visit within just a couple hours of the Capital District area. From camping to kid-friendly fun, you’ll find something for the whole family when you take one of these five fantastic day trips.

Ausable Chasm

Travel up to Ausable by Lake Champlain to check out Ausable Chasm. This “Grand Canyon of the Adirondacks” boasts beautiful natural stone formations you can explore to your heart’s content. Go for a day to take a tour, or plan to stay for a few nights at one of the onsite camping spots. Try the classic walking tour, hop on a raft or climb in a tube to get up close and personal with the depths of the chasm. Nighttime lantern tours give a whole new perspective to the area’s natural beauty. If you’re feeling more adventurous, check out the Adventure Trail for a unique rock climbing experience!

Cherry Plain State Park

Nestled in rural Petersburg, Cherry Plain State Park is everything you love about classic summer trips. It’s just the place to take the family for a day or weekend to get off the grid and enjoy the outdoors. Walk or bike your way around the onsite trails, or spend a sunny afternoon swimming in the lake. The kids can visit the playground to burn off some of their endless energy, or you can teach them to catch their very first fish. Cap off the day with a campfire for some truly cozy summer memories.