10 Must Visit Places In New York State
When most people visit New York, they limit their vacation only within the Big Apple. But the state of New York is a large and diverse state that has so much more to offer. Outside of NYC’s five boroughs, you will find famous lakes, mountains, beautiful national parks, waterfalls and much more. Here are the ten must-visit places in New York that will make you fall in love with this place even more.
Must Visit Places In New York State
10. Buffalo & Niagara Falls:
Located on the shores of Lake Erie in upstate New York, Buffalo is the cultural and educational hub and the gateway city to the world-famous Niagara Falls, a great place for a family vacation. It has many historical landmarks and also natural sites. Glen Park, Stiglmeier Park, Wilkeson Pointe, its museums, the beautiful St Joseph Cathedral are great places to explore here. Erie Basin Marina, Hoyt Lake, Reinstein Woods, and the other nature reserves, Woodlawn Beach State Park, and the Buffalo Zoo with of course the Niagara Falls are some of the best places to explore in Buffalo.
9. Lake Placid & Adirondack Mountain Region:
The Adirondacks region is a huge mountain range that spans a six-million-acre natural area forming a massif. It is one of America’s largest protected wilderness places, containing more than one hundred peaks at heights ranging from just over 1000 feet to over 5000 feet high. There are many popular sites here and Hiking, canoeing, and camping are some of the most popular activities. A past site of the Olympic Winter Games, Lake Placid is among the most popular destinations here along with Lake George.
8. Ithaca & Finger Lakes Region:
Ithaca on Cayuga Lake in the Finger Lakes Region. Consisting of high gorges, dramatic waterfalls, including Taughannock Falls and Buttermilk Falls and a series of long, thin lakes, the Finger Lakes Region is known for its vineyards. Cascadilla Creek Gorge, Robert H. Treman State Park Lower Falls, Triphammer Falls, Watkins Glen State Park, and Taughannock Falls State Park are some of its most popular destinations. Ithaca is also known for its higher education campuses including Cornell University. Visit the lakes, vineyards, and wineries of Finger Lakes and its other small towns like Rochester and Corning.
7. Catskills Region:
100 mile from NYC, the Catskills Region has a lot to offer. Camping, fishing, hiking and golfing and if you chose to visit in winter, you can go for skiing and snowmobiling. Check out the Catskill Forest Preserve, relax by the Hudson River, hike up to the Giant Ledge. Hudson River School Art Trail is famous for its landmarks and landscapes painted by local artists. Woodstock is a great town to explore here. You will see the most beautiful autumn leaves in the region in the fall.
6. Hudson Valley region & Albany:
The Hudson Valley stretches from Westchester County to Albany, the state capital, along with the Hudson River. The Valley region is famous for its traditional county fairs and festivals. The fall is beautiful here. With laid-back and historic vibe, this region has a number of museums and antique shops and wineries. Albany & Saratoga Springs are two of the most popular places to visit here. Albany is the capital city of New York State while Saratoga is a great place to learn about the history of the country.
5. Fire Island:
Just off the southern shore of Long Island, Fire Island is a thin, long Atlantic Ocean barrier island. Its protected beaches, Bayard Cutting Arboretum, Robert Moses State Park, Sunken Forest and Fire Island Lighthouse are some of the popular tourists’ sites here. The Island is seasonal and in winter, the attractions are often closed.
4. Letchworth State Park & Mohonk Preserve:
Located in Livingston and Wyoming counties, Letchworth State Park is a 14,427 park which is home to home to three sets of waterfalls along the dramatic Genesee River Gorge surrounded by forest. Often referred to as the “Grand Canyon of the East”, the park offers a range of activities. The Mohonk Preserve ob the other hand is in the Shawangunk Ridge, 90 miles from New York City. The 8,000 acres of forests, cliffs, and streams also offer a number of activities like hiking, trail running, cycling, Nordic skiing, and horseback riding.
3. Thousand Islands Region:
Thousand Islands Region composes an archipelago of 1,864 islands that sits in the Saint Lawrence River near the Canada–US border. You can take a boat ride and observe those astonishing mansions overlooking the water with a breathtaking backdrop. Boldt Castle in Alexandria Bay is a stunning castle and also one of the most popular in this region.
2. Syracuse & Onondaga Lake Park:
The small city of Syracuse is a great destination for family vacations. With an artistic vibe and beautiful architecture, this small town is rich in history. Here you will find a number of museums, parks with dramatic views and lakes like Green Lake. Syracuse is also famous among foodies with lots of funky food trucks and farm-to-table restaurants. The city also hosts several jazz and blues festivals. Onondaga Lake Park is one of the top destinations, immediately west of Syracuse. It’s a great place to unwind and for picnics. Visit the Willow Bay and Cold Springs here.
1. New York City & Ellis Island:
Your New York trip won’t be complete without exploring the Big Apple. One of the greatest cities in the world, New York City is full of life. There is so much to explore here. From Central Park to the Empire State Building and Brooklyn Bridge. This iconic city is full of amazing locations and landmarks and of course the local food. Make sure to explore Ellis Island while visiting The Statue of Liberty. You can also explore Long Island. Don’t forget to visit The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Times Square, Grand Central Terminal, 9/11 Memorial, Prospect Park, and St. Patrick’s Cathedral.