Plattsburgh can match the beauty, history, and fun of most other New York State cities of the same size.

So why does it often fly under the radar when people consider summer road trips?

I have been to Plattsburgh, a city of 20,000 on Lake Champlain, several times and have enjoyed each visit.  There is literally something for everyone here.  If you are a fan of New York State history, you have come to the right place.  The Battle of Plattsburgh (1814) marked the end of the War of 1812 against the British.  Here, museums, statues, monuments and historical venues commemorate Plattsburgh's role in turning back the largest invasion in U.S. history.

If you are into the arts, yup, you too have come to the right place.  The city has an excellent theatre, as well as art museums with robust schedules of live events.  There are historic home tours, walking tours, ghost tours and architectural tours to allow you to keep getting your steps in.

As for food, there are several fun restaurants, wineries, brew pubs and mom-and-pop eateries serving delicious foods.  And check this out.  There is also a tiny restaurant that is the home of one of the North Country's greatest food icons (and food mysteries).  Read below to uncover this mystery.

So, here's to you Plattsburgh, the Crown Jewel of the Adirondack Coast.

We encourage all of our readers to visit this city in the northeast corner of the Empire State and enjoy all that it has to offer.

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This city of 20,000 residents usually flies a little below the radar when it comes to lists of places to visit in Upstate New York. And it shouldn't. It is an amazing place with incredible military history, great monuments and statues, top shelf art museums and exhibits, interesting museums, delicious food, and the longest fresh water public beach in America!

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As an Upstate New York travel writer I am on the road in the region some 30-40,000 miles a year. And along the way I have stopped at hundreds of places to eat over the last 15 years. Now, my go to meal is always Italian, but...if I am not in the mood for a full sit-down meal I am always good for a bowl of hot wings in a tavern or inn. Here are 13 of the best wing joints in Upstate New York. I have kept the big chains and franchises off the list although they are for the most part excellent (places like Dinosaur BBQ, or Tullys). This list shines the light on smaller, independent, out of the way places that often get missed in the "Best of..." contests and polls, and yet are truly putting out some epic wings. Try them out!

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