11 stops on Route 11: Fun destinations along Upstate NY’s historic highway

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Q: What Upstate “neighborhood” begins near the U.S.-Canadian border and ends 319 miles away at the New York-Pennsylvania border?

A: The Upstate New York portion of U.S. Route 11, built between 1924 and 1927. It eventually meanders southwesterly through nine more states until it ends up in the steamy Bayou Sauvage area near New Orleans, the terminus of its 1,645-mile length.

Interestingly, the road has French antecedents at both ends — French Canadians in New York and their descendants the Acadians (Cajuns) in Louisiana.

The iconic highway actually is a series of multi-lane thoroughfares and narrow two-lane roads running through the middle of Smalltown U.S.A. in New York, Pennsylvania, Maryland, West Virginia, Virginia, Tennessee, Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi and Louisiana.
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