The drive to Cooperstown is not a straight highway line from one city to another, but a minor experience in itself. The small town of about 2,300 is surrounded by hills, which you will pass through and over as you arrive. This is baseball town. Cooperstown is the home of the first baseball diamond in the world, the Doubleday Field, and the first baseball game was played here in 1839. If you walk along Main Street, you will see store after store offering baseball t-shirts, baseball bats, baseball caps. Anything you can buy related to the game can be found on Main.
You can also find the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum on Main Street. You'll find baseball history writ large over a display 50,000 feet square, as well as other exhibits.
The town is also famous for James Fenimore Cooper, famous American author, whose father founded and named Cooperstown. Fenimore Cooper named the local Otsego Lake "Glimmerglass," by which it is better known. The Farmer's Museum was once Cooper's working farm and the Fenimore Art Museum is named for him. The latter is famed to be one of the best collections of American folk art.
Cooperstown is 65 miles from Albany via Routes 20 and 88. Look at the navigational bar at the left-hand side of the site for more information about Cooperstown.