By Carissa Hickok
The first thing anyone thinks of when you mention New York is New York City but this post will be focused on the state of New York. If you are interested in Manhattan, read on!
New York State has no shortage of natural beauty starting with Niagara Falls. Niagara Falls State Park stretches more than 400 acres. While you can enjoy Niagara Falls just from the U.S. side, if you have the proper documents to get back into the United States, you should definitely take advantage by crossing border and taking in the falls from the Canadian side too.
Take a Cave of the Winds tour by walking down the wooden walkways to the Hurricane Deck in souvenir sandals and a rain poncho. On the Hurricane Deck, you will experience tropical storm-like conditions from the rushing falls. The Park also has hiking trails for all levels of experience. A must-do when you visit Niagara Falls is to take the Maid of the Mist tour, which takes visitors into the basin of the Horseshoe Falls. Be ready to be awed by the power and grandeur of the falls. The boat crew provides every guest with a souvenir poncho before boarding but be ready to get soaked – the best way to experience the falls up close and personal. For a panoramic view of all three Niagara Falls, check out the Observation Tower. From there, you will also see a multitude of bird species.
If you want to get closer to the American Falls, you can go to the base of the gorge and climb the steps to the Crow’s Nest (be prepared to get wet). From May to September, you can experience a fireworks show over the falls on designated nights that will light up the night sky. On holidays and special dates, the falls will be illuminated in beautiful colors that will add a touch of awe to your visit.
The Thousand Islands is another New York attraction located between U.S. and Canada, on St. Lawrence River. Take a boat tour and learn the rich history and culture of the islands. The historical castles and lighthouses are sure to impress you with its architecture and beauty. The lawns are carefully manicured and provide the perfect ambiance for a relaxing stroll or a nap on the grass. The views from the islands are second to none.
The Finger Lakes of New York boasts waterfalls, gorges, rolling hills, woods, shoreline, and glacier lakes. Activities range from water sports to wine tasting to museums to hiking, biking, and camping. It is heaven on earth for outdoor enthusiasts. One notable museum is the Corning Museum of Glass. Inside you will find glass exhibits, live glass making demos, short theater presentations as well as the opportunity to make your own glass souvenir. The museum is sure to attract and entertain adults and children with all its interactive exhibits and displays.
Where is your favorite spot in New York State? Please share in the comments!
Carissa enjoys traveling so much that she left the corporate world to work as a freelancer, which allows her to up and go on a regular basis. She lives with her dachshund, Daphne in central Florida.