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Travel to and From Syracuse

Syracuse is served by Syracuse-Hancock International Airport. There are several regular non-stop flights to and from Washington-Dulles, Washington-National, Newark, New York-JFK, and New York-LaGuardia, among other airports. The airport is approximately a 15 minute drive from Syracuse University.
Syracuse also is served by Syracuse Executive Air, based at Hancock Airport, for all civil aircraft not classified as air carrier or taxi and commuter operations.

Overnight Accommodations

In Syracuse, National Security Studies course participants stay on campus at the Sheraton University Hotel and Conference Center. All off-site facility arrangements are handled by NSS. 

View of Blue Mountain Lake, New York

Blue Mountain Lake, New York

Course simulations are often conducted at Syracuse University’s Minnowbrook Conference Center, on the shore of Blue Mountain Lake in the middle of the Adirondack Mountains in Upstate New York. Built in the style of the Adirondack’s 19th-century Great Camps, Minnowbrook is surrounded by 28 acres of silver beech, hemlock, and white birch trees.

The City

Syracuse is located in the center of New York state and combines the best features of a medium-sized city with ready access to the beautiful recreational areas of Central New York. With a city population of 163,000, Syracuse draws from a metropolitan region of 836,000. It is about equidistant from New York City and Montreal, and easily accessible by car, airplane, train, and bus.

Syracuse offers a wealth of cultural activities, including the Syracuse Symphony Orchestra, Syracuse Opera Company, and Syracuse Stage. Touring companies - both Broadway shows and popular artists - make Syracuse a regular stop. The city is home to the Everson Museum of Art, designed by I.M. Pei, the Milton J. Rubinstein Museum of Science and Technology, and a portion of the Erie Canal.

The Central New York Region

Located near the center of New York State, Syracuse is surrounded by open land and numerous lakes and parks. This makes out-of-door activities a favorite past time for residents and visitors. Many opportunities exist for boating, skiing, fishing, hunting, hiking, and mountain biking.

The Erie Canal ran through downtown Syracuse, and salt from natural salt springs transported on the canal led to the early prosperity of the city. The terrain of the region includes rolling hills, drumlins, plains, lakes, and streams. Woods and farmland lie just beyond the city limits. The rugged and piney Adirondack mountains lie just a few hours to the east.

Seasonal changes are significant, with cold winters, changeable spring and fall seasons, and comfortably warm summers. Precipitation is quite even through the year. Syracuse is known for its snowy winters caused in part by cold air masses from the Great Lakes.