This is a collection of some must-see sites when traveling around Upstate New York.  Now, when I see must-see, I don't mean you have to plan a whole vacation around each of them.  But, even if for a few minutes, a stop at these historic places will serve you well.  There is just so much history around the corner in Upstate New York.

Some of these are fun, some are serious, and some of them will leave you scratching your head.  This will be the first of several galleries I will be publishing highlighting the story behind some of the innumerable roadside "eye-catchers" for you to explore.

And some of these will have you asking yourself, "why did that happen here?"  Did you know that the "World's Largest Pancake Griddle" is on display for the whole world to see out in the Finger Lakes?  Or, of all the places throughout the United States, why did the world-renown Clara Barton, America's "Angel of Mercy," set up her very first Red Cross chapter in tiny Dansville, N.Y., in rural Livingston County?  She did.  Makes you think, doesn't it?

As usual, there are way too many of these quirky, unusual, historic footnotes to document in one gallery here.  So, if you know of a place that perhaps our readers might like to know about, and even visit, please give it a mention over on our Facebook page!  It doesn't have to be earth-shaking, or monumental in importance.  But if you think it should catch a traveler's roving eye, well, we want to hear from you!

Stop! Don't Miss These 11 Upstate New York Roadside Sites!

As a travel guide writer, I am especially tuned-in to the many (countless) interesting roadside sites in our area that are fascinating and historic. I compiled a list of 100 of the best in my book Upstate Uncovered (Syracuse University Press). I will start periodically posting some of the best. Don't miss these!

From the grave of one of America's most beloved artists, to the world's largest pancake griddle, to New York's own Mount Rushmore, and to the oldest stage and theatre in the country, these Upstate New York sites are all worthy of a few minutes of your time.

And why did Clara Barton set up her very first Red Cross chapter in little Dansville, N.Y> anyway??

History is around every corner in our beautiful Upstate New York!

Take a Lick! Grab a Cone at Any of These 21 Classic New York Ice Cream Stands!

A rite of passage from winter to spring in Upstate New York is the opening of the 100 roadside ice cream stands in the region. Here are 21 of the best.