You never know what you are going to find when you take a road trip around Upstate New York.  As a travel writer, I have been over thousands of miles of backroads and highways in every region of Upstate, from the Hudson Valley to the High Peaks to the Finger Lakes, the Catskills, and Western New York.  And the surprises never stop coming.

Here is a list of 18 random "must sees" if you take a road trip around Upstate New York.  They are not big items, but all are worthy of a few minutes of your time.  And they cover all areas of the region.

And they are all amazing stories!

Have you ever heard the story of Abe Lincoln and the little girl who wanted him to grow a beard?  Do you know where the oldest trees on earth are?  Have you ever laid on your back and looked up at the world's largest kaleidoscope?  Do you know who the most famous one-legged tap dancer in the world was?  Can you imagine a pancake so big it weighed in at two tons?  And, if you are a military buff, you really must take a tour of the only floating World War 2-era destroyer escort ship in the country.

All are great stories, and all happened in Upstate New York.  So keep your eyes open.  You never know what you are going to find around the next corner on a road trip in our region!

18 Unusual 'Must Sees' on An Upstate New York Road Trip