The Best Places to Visit in New York State, USA

The Best Places to Visit in New York State, USA


New York State  holds the biggest pull for
visitors from around the world. The entire state of New York has plenty of
attractions to keep you entertained. Besides the urban allure, culture, and shopping
of Manhattan, much of New York State is still, in many ways, waiting to be discovered. The state is endowed with outstanding beauty
and diversity of scenery. Although New Yorkers have long vacationed
in the Catskill and Adirondack mountains, and at Long Island beaches, most have seen
too little of the state between its tourist bookends, New York City and Niagara Falls. The historic Hudson Valley, a majestic river
lined with elegant estates, is finally positioning itself as a destination, not just a day trip
from the city. Planning a trip to a state as large and diverse
as New York involves a lot of decision making, so in this video we’ve tried to give some
directions. We’ve chosen what we feel is the very best
the state has to offer — the places and experiences you won’t want to miss. This video gives you an overview of New York
State’s highlights to get you started planning your trip. 1. New York City
Known as the Big Apple, New York City is arguably one of the most important cities on the planet. Diverse and always buzzing, there is an unlimited
number of attractions to explore in the city. Most of the biggest landmarks are found in
Manhattan. If you’re on a whirlwind tour, then the
highlights might include a visit to the Museum of Modern Art, a trip to the top of the Rockefeller
Center, a view of the Empire State Building and the New York Public Library. Throbbing with flashing neon lights and glittering
billboards, Times Square is the city’s dazzling entertainment district where tourists can
catch a Broadway performance and shop for souvenirs. 2. The Statue of Liberty
“Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free.” These famous lines come from a poem celebrating
this monumental symbol of freedom. The neo classical marvel was a gift from France
to the United States in 1886, and is probably one of the best known statues in the world. Visitors to Liberty Island, where the statue
resides, can choose to enjoy the sight from the ground or ascend to the crown for an unparalleled
view. The statue can’t help but inspire no matter
how it is observed. It stands as a reminder of its role as the
first face to greet immigrants coming to America to seek a better life. 3.Niagara Falls
Niagara Falls is actually a series of three waterfalls which, when taken together, send
more water cascading over the edge than any other falls in the world. They straddle the United States and Canada,
with waterfalls being visible on both sides of the border. It seems that Niagara can’t help but capture
the imagination of anyone who sees it. Known as the Honeymoon Capital of the World,
Niagara Falls is absolutely a romantic destination. However, travelers of all types will want
to check out this magnificent natural attraction. Its superlative nature has inspired some of
the more death defying stunts ever pulled in the 20th century, with people going over
the edge in barrels or walking on tightropes across it. It seems that Niagara can’t help but capture
the imagination of anyone who sees it. If time permits, head to the Cave of the Winds,
where an elevator ride takes you down to the base of the Bridal Veils Falls and puts you
close to the action! 4.Thousand Islands
This collection of islands in the St. Lawrence River actually numbers closer to 2,000, although
some of them are just barely big enough to support a single tree. Some islands belong to Canada and some to
the United States, New York specifically. In addition to the beautiful scenery of the
area, there are a number of attractions here, including Boldt Castle on Heart Island, which
was built by one man out of adoration for his wife. The Antique Boat Museum gives history of the
area by way of boats that were built or sailed here. For those who scuba dive, the wreck diving
here is purported to be some of the best in the world. 5.Watkins Glen State Park Also in the Finger Lakes Region, located at
the southern end of Seneca Lake, is Watkins Glen State Park. If you want to get outdoors and experience
some phenomenal views, then this is the perfect destination. A narrow gorge cuts through the park, creating
amazing vistas from the trails on the rim. In one two mile stretch, you’ll pass 19
different waterfalls! In the summer, there are outdoor swimming
opportunities, and tour fishing is also a popular pastime. Backcountry camping is available, but many
visitors prefer to relax at a local inn after a day of hiking and sightseeing outdoors. Number 6. Hudson River Valley As the name suggests, the Hudson River Valley
extends along the Hudson River all the way from Troy and Albany in the north down to
Westchester, just north of New York City. Much of this area is agricultural, boasting
rural views and a bucolic landscape. Lots of farms mean that the Hudson River Valley
can be a foodie’s dream destination. Organic farms, local wineries and artisan
cheesemakers abound, and farmer’s markets are a staple throughout the region. Lots of NYC chefs are opting to head to the
Hudson River Valley to open farm-to-table eateries, so you won’t have to go far to
find a great restaurant in stunning rural surroundings. 7.Catskills
The great wilderness of the Adirondack and Catskill mountains is magnificent for outdoors
and sporting vacations, but those spots are also home to the easygoing charms of small
towns. Just an hour’s drive north of New York City
are the Catskills Mountains. This destination is an incredible juxtaposition
to city life, that is why the region is so popular among city dwellers in search of nature. In the Catskills, you’ll find the Catskill
Forest Preserve. This preserve is home to an abundance of wildlife,
hiking trails and winter sports opportunities. If you’re searching for culture, check out
the Hudson River School Art Trail, where stops include famous landmarks and landscapes painted
by local artists. Woodstock might be the most famous town in
the Catskills, cue to the iconic music festival of the same name. 8.Ithaca The college town of Ithaca is located in New
York’s Finger Lakes Region, where it sits at the southern tip of Cayuga Lake. Ithaca is best known for two things: Its higher
education campuses and its surrounding landscape of gorges and waterfalls. If you are lucky enough to visit Ithaca, you’ll
definitely want to make time to tour Ithaca College and Cornell University. On Cornell’s campus, spot the iconic clock
tower and tour the collection at the Johnson Art Museum. Then, head downtown to Ithaca Commons, a pedestrian
mall lined with restaurants and local shops. Spot some of the gorges and waterfalls in
the area with a hike like the stone staircase that leads to Cascadilla Creek Gorge. 9. Letchworth State Park
Also known as the “Grand Canyon of the East,” Letchworth State Park sits on the Genesee
River and several of its tributaries. The river carved a deep gorge out of the rocks,
and the result is breathtaking natural beauty for miles. Waterfalls dot the river and its creeks, with
the highest waterfall in New York State, Inspiration Falls, residing here. People come to the park to enjoy hiking, hunting,
fishing, whitewater rafting, snowmobiling, cross country skiing, camping, and whatever
else can be done when the weather’s right. 10. Adirondack Mountains This curious mountain range does not follow
a tectonic path like the Rockies or the Cascades in the West. These mountains are actually parts of one
large dome that was raised due to geological unrest underneath. Their beauty is unique, and it attracts outdoor
enthusiasts of all kinds. Canoers and kayakers have multiple bodies
of water to choose from. Hunting and fishing, though strictly regulated,
are enjoyed by many. Rock climbers, bird watchers, and snowmobilers
can all find happiness here. In Essex County, in the heart of the Adirondack
Mountains, is the village of Lake Placid. Despite its small population, Lake Placid
is well known thanks to serving as the host of the 1980 Winter Olympics. More specifically, Lake Placid was the site
of the now famous Miracle on Ice, the hockey game held between the USA and the USSR. Sports are still a major draw to Lake Placid,
and your visit could include mountain biking in the summer, hiking some of the 46 peaks
of the Adirondacks, or Nordic skiing in the winter. Whatever the season, check out the Adirondack
Equine Center for horseback or sleigh rides.

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