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Driving Directions From Various Nearby Cities

Through Albany:
Take Interstate 87 north to exit 23 (Warrensburg). Take Route 9 north about three miles to the intersection with Route 28. Follow Route 28 to Indian Lake. Take Route 30 north to Tupper Lake. Pick up Route 3 west. Route 3 intersects with Route 56 north, which goes into Potsdam. Driving time from Albany: approximately four hours.

Through Syracuse:
Take Interstate 81 north to exit 48 (Route 342) north of Watertown. Route 342 east intersects with U.S. Route 11. Follow U.S. Route 11 north to Potsdam. Driving time from Syracuse: approximately 3 hours.

Through Utica:
Take Route 12 north to Lowville. Then follow Route 26 north to U.S. Route 11 at Evans Mills: turn right and follow Route 11 north to Potsdam. Driving time from Utica: approximately three hours.

Through Burlington:
Take Interstate 89 north to exit 21 (Swanton). Follow Route 78 west to Rouses Point (Route 78 merges with Route 2). Follow U.S. Route 11 south to Malone: turn left onto Route 30 south: take the first right (Route 11B south) to Potsdam. Driving time from Burlington: approximately three hours.

Through Lake Placid:
Take Route 86 through Saranac Lake to Paul Smiths. Turn right on Route 30 north and drive approximately nine miles: turn left onto Route 458 west to Nicholville, turning left onto Route 11B south at the intersection. Travel approximately 15 miles to the village of Potsdam. Driving time from Lake Placid: approximately one and a half hours.

Through Massena:
Take Route 37 to Route 56 south. Follow Route 56 to Potsdam. Driving time from Massena: 30 minutes.

Through Ogdensburg:
Take Route 37 to Route 68 south. In Canton, pick up Route 11 north to Potsdam. Driving time from Ogdensburg: 45 minutes.

Air Travel

Flying into Syracuse:
It is possible to fly into Syracuse Airport and drive to Potsdam using the directions provided or take a commuter flight into Massena or Ogdensburg. For rental car information from Massena, call Chrysler/Plymouth at 315-764-0283. Taxi service is also available. Greyhound buses make scheduled runs from Syracuse Airport to Potsdam.

Flying into Montreal (Dorval Airport):
From the Airport, take Route 20 west (ouest) which becomes Route 401 west to Cornwall. Take exit 789 marked "Bridge to USA" turn left at the top of ramp and follow signs to the bridge. Cross bridge, pay toll and clear U.S. Customs. After leaving Customs, continue straight and turn right onto Route 37 west. Follow Route 37 west to Massena. At Massena, turn left onto Route 56 south. Follow Route 56 to Potsdam. There are major rental car services at the airport. Driving time from Montreal: approximately 2 hours. It is required that you carry a passport when flying in and out of Canada.

Flying into Ottawa:
Leave airport on Airport Parkway and after about two miles exit onto Hunt Club Road/Regional Route 32 West. Follow Hunt Club Road west and exit onto Route 416 south. Travel 42 miles and exit at Exit 1 "Bridge to U.S.A.” Continue straight from exit two miles and turn right onto exit marked “To 37 U.S.A.” Cross bridge, pay toll and clear U.S. Customs. After leaving Customs, continue straight 1/2 mile and turn right onto Route 37 west. In two miles turn left onto Route 68 south. After 18 miles in Canton, continue straight onto Route 11 north, 10 miles to Potsdam. Driving time from Ottawa: approximately two hours. It is required that you carry a passport when flying in and out of Canada.

Flying into Potsdam by private aircraft:
The airport is located one mile east of Potsdam on Route 11B. The runway is asphalt and 3,700 feet by 60 feet. Instrument approaches and tie-down space are available.

Useful Telephone Numbers:

Adirondack Trailways Bus Line (Potsdam) 315-265-2534
Road Conditions 315-379-2255

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The Clarkson Inn is the proud recipient of the
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the quality of its lodging and hospitality.


The Clarkson Inn was created and maintained by true artisans for many years, this lovely hotel has been since its first opening, servicing the needs of
the most distinguished travelers with its impeccable and beautifully furnished guest rooms, its encompassing attention to details and its genuine hospitality.


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Potsdam, NY 13676
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