When my wife and I decided to buy a home we chose to do so on the east coast. We ended up in “Upstate New York”. I use the quotes because we quickly found out that people who live here, don’t consider it “Upstate” at all. Instead, it’s actually divided up into specific regions. I’ve found that the state of New York is an awesome place to live and an equally awesome place to visit. Sure, everyone who thinks about visiting New York is thinking about the city New York, New York. However, you’re missing out if you don’t know the best reasons to visit Upstate New York.
When planning your travels to Upstate New York, it’s important to know things to do and what the best reasons to visit Upstate New York are so you can make the most of your trip.
One of the world’s seven wonders is here in Upstate New York! Niagara Falls is a gorgeous natural beauty. It’s fun to come see and there’s plenty of things to do near the falls. You can take a boating tour, see the Cave of The Winds or even hike along Niagara Gorge Trail. Don’t worry, no one will ask to push you over the falls in a barrel!
Swimming holes and their popularity have not left the state of New York. Take a trip back in time and see what it was like in the good old days. Enjoy a relaxing dip in one of the many swimming holes found in Upstate New York. You will definitely not regret it.
Yes, New York City has some beautiful architecture and…interesting…people. Upstate New York has plenty of natural beauty that is equally fun to see. There are numerous state parks in the area but even better, two out of the three best state parks in the COUNTRY are found here in Upstate New York!
Upstate New York may not be on the radar for the foodie capital of the world, but it does deserve some credit. First and foremost for the buffalo wings which were invented here, in Buffalo, New York. There’s also a dish called the “garbage plate” from Nick Tahou Hots in Rochester that is a must try despite the icky sounding name.
Upstate New York is certainly not Southern California but we do have beaches here! The only difference is our beaches are on the lakes, not the ocean. Don’t forget about the lakes and beaches when looking for reasons to visit Upstate New York.
Upstate New York has some very different activities than those found in the city. One of those activities is camping. There are plenty of options for campgrounds. You can camp at Thousand Islands or Niagara Falls or any of the many different locations sprinkled throughout the state.
During the summer Saratoga Race Course opens up for a new season of racing. Even if racing isn’t your thing, there are plenty of things to do near the track. You can visit the food trucks, enjoy live music, or just enjoy being out around other people and the excitement. The horses are beautiful and very interesting to check out!
Lake George is one of the best places to visit in the summer. There are plenty of people who visit the lake. There’s kayaking, miniature golf, a zip line, ice cream, and so much more.
I really love hiking and Upstate New York has some of the best hiking trails in the country. At least, in my opinion, they’re the best. The scenes are amazing, and it’s easy to be a bit romantic on these hikes with my wife. Watkins Glen is the probably the best trail around, especially if you like stunning natural views! This tops the list of reasons to visit Upstate New York.
There are plenty of cool little towns spread out all over the state. Even better, the roads all have great scenic views that will keep your trip exciting.
Letchworth State Park
Looking for some amazing waterfalls surrounded by natural forests? You can find them here in Letchworth State Park. You can also go hiking, camping, have a picnic, or just enjoy the Genesee River Gorge.
Take A Cruise Through Thousand Islands
Thousand Islands is a 50-mile stretch filled with thousands of little islands. You can take a cruise through the islands on the St. Lawrence River. You will find it is a day well spent and quite beautiful!
Summer is the perfect time to visit the area and experience these reasons to visit Upstate New York, but fall is also an excellent time to plan a trip. During the fall there are plenty of festivals to visit. The festivals all range in topics and themes, but the one thing that never changes–the beauty of fall in Upstate New York.
History and Ghosts
Sticking with the fall season one of the best reasons to visit Upstate New York is Halloween. This time of year is really fun in Upstate New York. First, you have the rich history that allows for plenty of local legends and ghosts. To top it all off I’m still obsessed with, and you will be too, the many haunted hayrides.
Oh yea, we love horseback riding here as well! We have no problem sharing that love with you. We may even teach you a thing or two during your visit! If you love horseback riding add it to the list of great reasons to visit Upstate New York.