I took the short route up there, back roads from my Connecticut home to the Taconic Parkway, and from there, north to Lake George, NY. For those of you that have never ridden the Taconic Parkway, take my word for it, it's a great ride, a scenic, flowing road, it's lightly traveled during the week, at least once you get past the Interstate 84 intersection. There are also plenty of local diners and such, (ride to eat, that's my motto) so you can avoid the dubious pleasures of styro-food. Once it ends, you can meander north on a variety of charming roads or if you're in a hurry as I was, you can drop yourself onto the New York State Thruway for an hour or so and get off in Lake George. By the way, if you are headed up there, allow some time to visit Saratoga Springs, especially if you're interested in horse racing and good food, I've yet to find a bad restaurant there, and heartily recommend the Malta Diner, which is actually in Ballston Spa, but close enough.