The Erie Canal is what you make of it. It can be a relaxing trip, taking your time to see most towns along your way, or it can be a boring trip if you try and get as many miles in as possible each day.
The main draw to the canal is that it is different. Its real small towns, friendly people, and dirt cheap! Once you buy a permit
, that covers docking
at all terminal walls. Depending on where you are they may charge for electric/water/restrooms,etc. Once docked, make your way into town or take a walk/bike ride on the Canalway trail to stretch your legs.
The only people who seem to not like the canal are those in a hurry. Check out the online Erie_Canal guide
, it has information that will help. You can enter at Buffalo if coming from Lake Erie or Oswego if Lake Ontario
(Oswego Canal to Erie Canal). Both are good.
The only other two options include the St. Lawrence River to Montreal, then either south through Lake Champlain to the Hudson
River or straight out to the Atlantic. The Erie Canal is probably your best bet. The Lake Champlain Route, though beautiful is best done in a motorboat (too much canals/rivers) and the straight out is a long way around.