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Plattsburgh (New York)

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Introduction

Plattsburgh is a border city in the northeastern part of the state of New York. This beautiful city located on the western shore of Lake Champlain is rich with history and great music. It also has many museums, shops, and wonderful restaurants.

A traveler couldn't ask for a better city to lodge in as it is well connected to Montreal, Canada to the north, Albany to the south and Burlington, Vermont to the east.

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Getting There

By Plane

The Plattsburgh International Airport (IATA: PBG, ICAO: KPBG) has regular connections to Fort Lauderdale and Orlando in Florida, served by Allegiant Air. Cape Air flies into this airport from Boston, Massachusettes.

Plattsburgh International is within an hour driving distance to Lake Placid, New York; Burlington, Vermont and Montreal, Canada.

By Train

The Adirondack route (Montreal-New York) of Amtrak has a stop at the Plattsburgh train station.

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Keep Connected

Internet

There is a very small internet bar/cafe culture in the USA. Even then most of the internet bars/cafes tend be located in major urban centers. Accessible WiFi networks, however, are common. The most generally useful WiFi spots are in coffee shops, fast-food chains, and bookshops, but also restaurants and hotels more and more have a network to connect on. Some of them might require you to buy something and you might need a password too, especially in hotels.

Phone

See also International Telephone Calls

The general emergency phone number is 911. The USA has a great landline phone system that is easy to use. The country code for the U.S. is +1. The rest of the telephone number consists of 10 digits: a 3-digit area code, and a 7-digit number. Any small grocery store or pharmacy has pre paid domestic or international phone cards. These phone cards are very cheap and offer good rates. The once ubiquitous pay phone is now much harder to find. Likely locations include in or near stores and restaurants, and near bus stops. The cellphone network in the states is slowly getting better but is still not as good when compared to other western countries. Cell phones tend to operate using different frequencies (850 MHz and 1900 MHz) from those used elsewhere in the world (2100 MHz). This used to prevent most foreign phones from working in America. Phones must be tri- or quad-band to work in the U.S. Fortunately, technology has meant that most phones should now be able to pick up one of the U.S. networks. Prepaid phones and top-up cards can be purchased at mobile phone boutiques and at many discount, electronics, office supply and convenience stores. A very basic handset with some credit can be had for under $40.

Post

The US Postal Service is a very good and well priced mail system. There are post offices in every small and large town for sending packages internationally or domestically. Although some might keep longer hours, most are open at least between 9:00am and 5:00pm. If wanting to send a letter or postcard it is best just to leave it in a blue mail box with the proper postage. First-class international airmail postcards and letters (up 28.5 grams) cost $1.10. There are also private postal services like FedEx, UPS, TNT and DHL, which might be better value sometimes and are generally very quick and reliable too.

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Coordinates
  • Latitude: 44.694894
  • Longitude: -73.45805

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