One-tank trip: Youngstown, Niagara County
05:00 AM, Dec 08, 2013
From Rochester: 90 miles; about a 1½-hour drive.
Attraction: Castle by Candlelight Tours of Old Fort Niagara, Youngstown, Niagara County. Explore the castle the oldest building on the Great Lakes by the light of candles and lanterns.
The historic site will be decorated for Christmas and feature costumed re-enactors, demonstrations and activities highlighting 18th century traditions and life at the fort. Remember to dress for the weather (wear walking shoes or boots and bring a flashlight). Admission is $8.
Hours: The event runs from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Dec. 14 and 21. The grand feu de joie, featuring the rolling fire of muskets and cannons, will be performed by the massed garrison at 8:30 p.m.
Directions: Head west on the New York state Thruway (Interstate 90) to Buffalo and Exit 50. Follow I-290 west to I-190. Head north on I-190 to the Robert Moses Parkway (Exit 25B). Continue north on the parkway and follow signs to Old Fort Niagara State Park.
For details, call (716) 745-7611 or go to oldfortniagara.org.