Saratoga Springs
Saratoga, Glens Falls and Lake George: Emergence of the Vacation Nation
With the Adirondacks as your backdrop, learn how this region of Upstate New York evolved from a Gilded Age summer retreat to a middle class vacation spot in the 20th Century.
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Program No. 21808RJ
6 days
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At a Glance

Saratoga Springs in upstate New York is our base for exploring this scenic region that includes beautiful Lake George, historic Glens Falls and sophisticated Saratoga Springs. A hotbed of French & Indian and Revolutionary War activity, the area is rich in history and emerged early on as a destination for vacationers. Health seekers since the Mohawk and other Iroquois have come here to take the waters. It became a playground of the rich and later a vacation spot for America’s middle class pursuing recreation and relaxation. Learn from local experts as you experience all this and more on our exclusive Road Scholar learning adventure.
Activity Level
Walking 1-2 miles per day in village areas, residential neighborhoods, historic sites; some inclined streets and rolling hills.
Small Group
Small Group
Love to learn and explore in a small-group setting? These adventures offer small, personal experiences with groups of 10 to 24 participants.

Best of all, you'll ...

  • Learn how Saratoga Springs grew around its mineral springs, became a resort for the privileged and developed a horse racing culture that continues to the present day.
  • Take a field trip to the historic Hudson River logging town of Glens Falls that had its share of baronial estates, now gaining fame as a center of the arts and a gateway to Adirondack Park.
  • In Lake George, explore Fort William Henry, enjoy the scenic beauty of the “Queen of American Lakes" and get an inside look at a craft brewery in Lake George village.
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Charlie Kuenzel
A native Saratogian and award-winning retired high school educator of more than 30 years, Charlie Kuenzel has a true love for his home town. Although Charlie loves to impart the stories and history of Saratoga, his real love is the history of the mineral springs that defined early Saratoga. From geology to architecture, Charlie strives to paint an exciting and accurate picture of the development of the city.
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Charlie Kuenzel
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Dave Patterson
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Dan Berggren

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