While most visitors never make it beyond all the Big Apple’s iconic attractions which are renowned the world-over, the rest of New York state is just as worthwhile exploring. Aside from smaller towns and cities such as Rochester and Buffalo, there are also scenic and spectacular spots such as Niagara Falls, the Finger Lakes, and the wild, untamed Adirondacks to enjoy.
One of the most populous states in the country, it is located in the northeast and is bordered by New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Vermont, and Rhode Island with Canada lying to the north. While the south of the state lies alongside the Atlantic Ocean and includes several islands, Upstate is home to the rugged Appalachian and Adirondack mountain ranges and bounds both Lake Ontario and Lake Erie with Niagara Falls lying in between them.
As it boasts not just the Empire State Building and Times Square but Central Park and the Statue of Liberty too, New York City understandably dominates most visitors’ itineraries. In ‘The City That Never Sleeps’ you can indulge in everything from fine dining and upscale shopping to unbelievable entertainment and nightlife with countless world-class landmarks, museums and shows on offer.
Not venturing beyond the bright lights of the Big Apple would be a mistake however as the Empire State has lots of pretty countryside and state parks to enjoy. Many people head to the scenic Finger Lakes for its wineries and watersports with both the gorgeous Thousand Islands and rural Catskills also attracting outdoor aficionados and holidaymakers alike.
Besides gaping at the jaw-dropping Niagara Falls and hiking amidst the incredible Adirondack High Peaks, it is also well worth checking out both Buffalo and Rochester for their art galleries, museums, and cultural landmarks. Ithaca is another popular draw due to its stunning setting and the charming campuses of Cornell University and Ithaca College.