Right now, you may be wary to travel too far from home. That makes it a great time to explore more of the United States! With beautiful landscapes, a vast opportunity for adventure and proximity to the city that never sleeps, a visit to New York state is perfect for families! You can also take a quick crossover into Massachusetts or Vermont.
New York has played a significant role in American history, and throughout New York, you’ll find historical landmarks which makes it a wonderful learning experience for children. So to encourage you to think bigger than the confines of New York City, here is a list of places outside of the city that are worth the visit:
Adirondack Mountain Region
The Adirondacks spread out across six million acres. It is one of the world’s greatest protected wilderness regions. Lake George, Lake Placid, Pok-O-Moonshine Mountain, Moss Cliffs, Keene Valley, Rogers Rock, and Wallface are all popular tourist spots.
The Hudson Valley region is known for throwing exciting county festivals and fairs. These festivities are fun for all ages. While there are many held periodically throughout each year, the Hudson Valley Garlic Festival is one you must check out.
The Catskills bring forth a ton of opportunities for adventure. In the winter months, you can ski, snowboard, and go snowmobiling. In contrast, the warmer weather months allow travelers and natives to enjoy hiking, swimming, camping, fishing, golfing, and more. Many of the lodges even have spas, luxurious restaurants, and pools.
Finger Lakes Region
There are nearly 100 vineyards and wineries in the Finger Lakes region that spreads across 11 lakes and 14 counties. There are a lot of quaint villages with bed and breakfasts to stay at, or you can choose to stay at a resort for a little more pampering.
Buffalo & Niagara Falls
Not only is this where Niagra Falls is located, but its a place for some fun and gambling. Sports fans, families, and nearly everyone will find something to do, whether it’s hitting up a casino, taking boat ride near the falls, going to a game, or wandering around the zoo.
Albany & Saratoga Springs
Albany is the state capital. The churches and historic homes are beautiful here. Going on a river cruise is the most excellent way to see the capital and all of its stunning architecture. After Albany, head to Saratoga Springs to soak in healing spring water, catch a horse race, or see a live ballet performance.
Sightly architecture, college sports, and a great art scene make up the City of Syracuse. This smaller city has become a thriving tourist destination. Anyone who loves college sports, jazz and blues, or golf, should make their way to this artsy little city.
Ithaca is another college town full of flair. Check out the town’s many hiking trails, art theaters, and of course, the delicious food. Make sure you also wander through many of the city parks to take in all of the natural beauty.
Thousand Island Region
The Thousand Island region is perfect for all water lovers. There is so much to do, including swimming, cruising, jetskiing, floatplane rides, and more. The seafood restaurants in the area are also worth checking out since it comes straight out of the water.
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