New York – The State, Not The City

The Big Apple tends to take a lot of the limelight away from the rest of New York state. But given how much other stuff happens in the state, that seems a little unfair. Yes, New York City itself is an exciting place, but it’s not the only place that draws the crowds. Here’s what the rest of New York has to offer.

Niagara Falls

Niagara Falls stands right on the border between Canada and the USA. To be fair, the US falls aren’t as impressive as the falls on the Canadian side of the border, but who’s counting? Every year, Niagara Falls draws millions of visitors from all over the world. The falls themselves have a certain mystique, and if you go on the Maiden of the Mist boat ride, you’ll hear all sorts of interesting stories about how various escaped prisoners have fallen down the falls in wooden barrels. Whether there is any truth to those stories is another matter.

Niagara Falls | Credit: www.wikimedia.org

Niagara Falls | Credit: http://www.wikimedia.org

Next to the falls are a bunch of restaurants up on the cliff that overlooks the water. If there’s somebody special in your life, this is the perfect place to take them for a romantic dinner for two.

Finger Lakes

There’s an old Iroquois legend that says that the finger-like lakes situated a few miles west of Syracuse were formed by an ancient spirit. But whether spirits or geology caused the lakes to spring into existence, they’re a beautiful place for adventuring.

Canadice Lake in the Finger Lakes | Photo credit: www.wikimedia.org

Canadice Lake in the Finger Lakes | Photo credit: http://www.wikimedia.org

One of the first things you’ll notice is the stunning landscape. Mile after mile of gently rolling hills, interspersed with long lakes. Most people take either the Keuka Trail, the Seneca Lake Trail or the Cayuga Trail if they’re going hiking. But be warned: these trails can get very busy in the summer months.

Finger Lakes in New York State | Credit: The image was catalogued by one of the centers of the United States National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) | www.wikimedia.org

Finger Lakes in New York State |
Credit: The image was catalogued by one of the centers of the United States National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) | http://www.wikimedia.org

Catskill Mountains

Central Catskills Mountain Photo credit: Daniel Case | www.wikimedia.org

Central Catskills Mountain
Photo credit: Daniel Case | http://www.wikimedia.org

The Catskill Mountains are a mountain range just over three hours’ drive north from New York. Towards the northern end of the Catskills is Windham Mountain, a famous adventuring location with a ski and outdoor activities center at its hub. Windham NY real estate is highly coveted, thanks to its close location to the slopes, as well as the fact that the whole region is an area of outstanding natural beauty. The Catskills are known all over America, thanks to their cultural history. During the 19th and 20th centuries, they were the most popular vacationing destination for urban New Yorkers, desperate to escape the smog and the toil of the city. Ever since, the Catskills have been a haven for artists, writers, and musicians and have inspired events, like Woodstock.

Watkins Glen State Park

From a geological perspective, Watkins state park is an interesting place. The whole area is famous for its many salt wells which have been cut away by centuries of water erosion.

Glen State Park itself, an area encompassing some of the most beautiful of these wells, features more than 18 waterfalls and has cliffs that rise up over 300 feet. It’s all very impressive, and very colorful.

 

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One response to “New York – The State, Not The City

  1. I went to college in the Hudson Valley (Annandale-on-Hudson) and loved the landscape there. This makes me want to explore the rest of the state. Thank you!

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