Best Travel Cities in New York

Niagara Fall

Situated on a 400-acre landscape with stunning views, hiking trails, shopping, and dining, the iconic Niagara Falls is a must-see for anyone traveling to New York. Get up close and personal to the falls with a Cave of the Winds tour (open year-round!) or take the Maid in the Mist boat tour. Plan your visit when one of their fireworks or illumination displays are scheduled for an even-more spectacular visit.

Explore the Adirondack Mountains

If you are looking for the best of New York nature, the Adirondack Mountains should be at the top of your list. This gorgeous region spans over six million acres and offers opportunities for everything from camping to wildlife observation. Take in the views while hiking around areas such as Lake Placid, Lake Champlain, or Lake George, or head out to the High Falls Gorge for a breathtaking 30-minute walk exploring the Adirondack’s rugged beauty.

For those who enjoy adventure, a raft float tour of the Ausable Chasm or a ski or snowboard trip is a great way to see the beauty of the Adirondacks while enjoying an adrenaline rush. 

Explore the Finger Lakes Area

Aptly named for the 11 “finger-like” lakes that span the area, the Finger Lakes area is another can’t-miss destination for stunningly beautiful places in New York. Whether you visit for a day trip or a weekend getaway, this area offers a lot. Hiking, biking, boating, fishing, camping, and even winter sports make this area a popular spot for folks who enjoy the great outdoors.

Check out Watkins Glen State Park for waterfalls and gorges – just a short two-mile hike here boasts 19 waterfalls.

Letchworth State Park is known as the “Grand Canyon of the East,” and for a good reason. Sixty-six miles of forested hiking trails offer spectacular views of the Genesee River, cutting through cliffs as high as 600 feet, plus three waterfalls.

And if you like to chase waterfalls, Taughannock Falls State Park has got you covered. An easy 1.5-mile hike gets you to this 215-foot spectacular waterfall.

Discover the Catskills

Yet another scenic destination you’ll want to check out is the Catskills. This region is known for a wide range of activities, including camping, hiking, fishing, scenic drives, mountain biking, and more. Family-friendly (and dog-friendly!) activities are abundant, plus there is lots to do for those who enjoy more extreme outdoor sports.

Hunter Mountain is a great place to visit throughout the year. Here you’ll find epic ski and snowboard runs in the winter, and on weekends in the summer, you can take the ski lift for breathtaking views of the Northern Catskill Mountains, the Berkshires in Massachusetts, and Vermont’s Green Mountains. You can also get adventurous and try out the zip line.

Be sure to explore the protected wilderness in Catskill Park, a state park and one of two areas in New York designated as “Forever Wild.” The park hosts meadows, wetlands, forests, and lakes, so finding beautiful scenery is just a matter of keeping your eyes open on the trail. And keep your eyes peeled for wildlife like black bears, deer, porcupines, and hundreds of bird species that make this area home.

Hidden Gems in New York

With so many popular destinations, you can’t go wrong looking for beautiful places in New York. Here are a few hidden gems in New York if you’re looking for spots a little less crowded along the way:

High Falls – Hudson Valley: This 150-ft. waterfall is the highest in Columbia County. Well worth the short hike to take in the view.

Hyde Hall Bridge – Glimmerglass State Park: Built in 1825, this is the oldest covered bridge in the United States. Located in Glimmerglass State Park, there’s an abundance of hiking and other activities in the area.

Selkirk Shores State Park: With camping, swimming, hiking, and other outdoor recreation all at your fingertips, this beautiful state park is great for meandering wetlands and meadows or taking in a gorgeous sunset over Lake Ontario.

Central Park

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Designed by Frederick Law Olmsted and Calvert Vaux, Central Park influenced the development of urban parks nationwide and is widely regarded a masterpiece of landscape architecture. Central Park is a National Historic Landscape (1963) and a Scenic Landscape of the City of New York (1974).
For more than 150 years, visitors have flocked to Central Park’s 843 green acres in the heart of Manhattan. Since 1980, the Park has been managed by the Central Park Conservancy, in partnership with the public. Central Park is open 6 am to 1 am daily. Visit the official website of Central Park to learn more about Park happenings and activities and to learn how you to help Central Park!

Arguably one of the most famous parks in the world, Central Park is a manmade wonder.  Not only is it the first public park built in America, but it is also one of the most frequently visited, with over 25 million guests per year.

Set in the middle of bustling Manhattan, its grounds serve as a safe haven, not only for athletes, daydreamers, musicians, and strollers, but also for teems of migratory birds each year.  One can spend an entire peaceful day roaming its grounds, gazing upon nearly 50 fountains, monuments, and sculptures or admiring its 36 bridges and arches.

With recreational facilities abounding, the more energetic won’t have a problem finding a spot to skate, pedal, row, dribble, or climb to his or her heart’s delight.  Although Central Park has 21 official playgrounds, we like to think of it as one gigantic jungle gym in its peak season.

 

Statue of Liberty

A tourism favorite, the Statue of Liberty is an iconic symbol of spirit and hope. Take a boat across the New York Harbor to Liberty Island to see the statue up close and personal and visit the Statue of Liberty Museum. You can also take in the view from the Battery Park viewpoint without leaving Manhattan. 

“The Statue of Liberty Enlightening the World” was a gift of friendship from the people of France to the United States and is recognized as a universal symbol of freedom and democracy. The Statue of Liberty was dedicated on October 28, 1886.31-May-2023

The Statue of Liberty Enlightening the World” was a gift of friendship from the people of France to the United States and is recognized as a universal symbol of freedom and democracy. The Statue of Liberty was dedicated on October 28, 1886.  It was designated as a National Monument in 1924.  Employees of the National Park Service have been caring for the colossal copper statue since 1933.

The Statue of Liberty, a hollow colossus composed of thinly pounded copper sheets over a steel framework, stands on an island at the entrance to New York Harbor. It was designed by sculptor Frédéric Bartholdi in collaboration with engineer Gustave Eiffel, and was a gift from France on the centenary of American independence in 1876. Its design and construction were recognized at the time as one of the greatest technical achievements of the 19th century and hailed as a bridge between art and engineering. Atop its pedestal (designed by American architect Richard Morris Hunt), the Statue has welcomed millions of immigrants to the United States since it was dedicated in 1886.

The Statue is a masterpiece of colossal statuary, which found renewed expression in the 19th century, after the tradition of those of antiquity, but with intimations of Art Nouveau. Drawing on classical elements and iconography, it expressed modern aspirations. The interior iron framework is a formidable and intricate piece of construction, a harbinger of the future in engineering, architecture, and art, including the extensive use of concrete in the base, the flexible curtain-wall type of construction that supports the skin, and the use of electricity to light the torch. Édouard René de Laboulaye collaborated with Bartholdi for the concept of the Statue to embody international friendship, peace, and progress, and specifically the historical alliance between France and the United States. Its financing by international subscription was also significant. Highly potent symbolic elements of the design include the United States Declaration of Independence, which the Statue holds in her left hand, as well as the broken shackles from which she steps. 

 
 

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