When most people think of New York, their first thought is of the city. While New York City has some of the best tourist attractions in the United States, the rest of the state has a lot to offer travelers. The state is especially known for its natural beauty and diverse landscape. If you plan to visit New York soon, take a look at the below destinations. You’ll definitely want to add them to your itinerary.
Niagara Falls is actually three different waterfalls. The waterfalls’ names are the American Falls, Horseshoe Falls, and the Bridal Veil Falls. Horseshoe Falls is the largest waterfall of the three. The most popular way to experience the waterfalls is to walk along the riverside. Access to these trails is free, and there is even a walkway that will take you to Goat Island, the island that sits between the Canadian and the US falls. If you want a more adventurous experience you should consider taking a helicopter tour of the falls or a “whirlpool” tour aboard a jet boat.
The Finger Lakes are a series of lakes that resemble fingers when looked at from above or on a map. Today the Finger Lakes region is known for its wineries, and visiting the wineries for tastings is one of the region’s most popular activities. While tastings don’t require appointments, if you want to tour the winery you will probably need to make an appointment. Watkins Glen State Park is another popular attraction in the area. The state park is the perfect spot for a camping trip.
Winter is the most popular time to visit Lake Placid. The town hosted the Winter Olympics twice in the twentieth century. Whiteface Mountain is the most popular skiing location in the area. Lake Placid even features a bobsled run—something not commonly found across the United States. Rock climbing is another popular attraction in the area due to the proximity of the Adirondack Mountains. Take a look at this site to learn more about the most popular rock climbing routes.
On the State Lawrence River, you will find over 1,800 islands. Some of the best-known islands include Wolfe Island, Deer Island, and Carleton Island. Carleton Island is home to Fort Haldimand, a fort built by the British during the Revolutionary War. There are at least 30 private homes on the island, but the only way to access the island is by private boat. If you want to experience the Thousand Islands, there are many companies that offer boat tours. A typical boat tour lasts 1-2 hours and visits the most popular islands—many of which feature “castles.”