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Visit Mohawk Valley

Whether it is business and industry, recreation and tourism, education and culture, or merely the fine quality of life, the Mohawk Valley offers it all. The Mohawk Valley Chamber of Commerce has a number of members who operate in the travel and tourism industry, including attractions, lodging, shopping and retail, restaurants, transportation and more. Below are links to various member companies in each of the industries listed.

The Mohawk Valley has encompassed the arts as a cultural cornerstone of the region. With a host of art centers, galleries, and museums, it is no wonder the arts not only bring entertainment and education to the region, but provide jobs and income. Arts in the Mohawk Valley promote cultural tourism, attract new business, and enhance the overall quality of life in the Mohawk Valley.

Highways: Interstate 90, which runs from Boston to Seattle, passes through the heart of the Mohawk Valley, connecting the region with Albany to the east and Syracuse, Rochester and Buffalo to the west. Interstate 87 passes through Albany, providing routes south to New York City and north to Montreal, while Interstate 81 goes through Syracuse giving easy access to Canada to the north, and Binghamton and Pennsylvania to the south. A comprehensive network of state highways crosses the region as well, giving access to local and regional markets.

AIR: The Oneida County Airport offers facilities for private and charter flights. Passenger service to locations throughout the U.S. and abroad is available through Hancock Airport in Syracuse, less than an hour west, and Albany International Airport, about 90 minutes east.

RAIL: CSX, New York Susquehanna & Western, and Mohawk Adirondack & Northern Railroads provide freight service. Daily Amtrak passenger service is available from Utica and Rome.

The region prides itself on the high quality of life it is able to achieve because of its vast array of events and entertainment opportunities. Visitors can head to Vernon Downs Casino & Racing for live harness racing or to the Turning Stone Casino Resort and Golf Courses. Enjoy coffee or beer at one of the regions cafes and small pubs, relish in the sights and sounds of the 3-day Utica Music and Art Fest, or immerse yourself in Boilermaker Weekend and the Great American Irish Festival.

Like New York City, our wonderful ethnic diversity yields a bounty of extraordinary cuisines. Experience the Mohawk Valley by trying the culturally diverse food choices like Chicken Riggies, Tomato Pie, Half-Moons, Utica Greens, Jelly Buns, and Pusties. Our restaurants have character. Some are romantic and some are light and lively. We have the authentic flavors, the ambience, and the service to make your trip memorable with hundreds of fine restaurants to choose from.

The Mohawk Valley is rich in cultural heritage and history. You can experience the American Revolution at Fort Stanwix National Monument or retrace the steps of the Trail of Freedom used by the Underground Railroad, or dig for diamonds at the Herkimer Diamond Mine. Take a look at how Saranac products are made at the F.X. Matt Brewery or take a cruise down the historic Erie Canal.

There are many hotel options to fit every price point, location and need. Choose luxury, affordability, boutique, or business or choose a hotel close to your favorite attraction or event. No matter what you choose, the Mohawk Valley offers hotel accommodations to satisfy all of your needs.

Living here or just visiting, indoors or outdoors, there is something to enjoy in every season.

The Mohawk Valley offers recreational opportunities during all four seasons of the year. Residents, as well as tourists, take advantage of the natural beauty of the mountains, lakes and streams, by participating in a variety of activities including fishing, hunting, hiking, skiing and skating. The Mohawk Valley is filled with attractions for visitors, and those touring the area will find residents also enjoying the sights. Tourists could spend weeks in the Mohawk Valley in order to visit the many attractions.

There are also plentiful unique shops, shopping plazas and malls within the region, from Riverside Center in Utica, Sangertown Square in New Hartford and Consumer Square, to specialty stores, antiques and gift shops.

For a complete listing of all Mohawk Valley Chamber members, please visit our Member Directory

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Greater Utica Chamber works with a variety of affiliates in its efforts to stimulate growth across the region.