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13 Best Places to Visit in New York State in 2024

December 22, 2023

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New York State attracts both domestic and international travelers with the most populous city in the United States, extensive state parks, and several beach communities.

1. Niagara Falls

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The star tourist attraction of this New York destination on the Canadian border is the cascading, foaming waterfall, with more than 3,100 tons of water cascading over the edge every second.

2. Adirondacks

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Upstate New York's Adirondack Mountains span nearly 6 million acres and are home to hundreds of communities, lakes, valleys, and trails.

3. Thousand Islands

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Despite the name, the Thousand Islands region consists of more than 1,800 islands. The best way to see this vast region, which also extends into Canada, is on an open air boat tour.

4. New York City

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A hub of culture, art, food and sightseeing, New York City is a must-visit on many travelers' bucket lists โ€“ and for good reason.

5. The Finger Lakes

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A romantic New York getaway, the Finger Lakes region appeals to travelers seeking a relaxing retreat with scenic views.

6. The Catskills

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With 98 peaks, the Catskill Mountains of southeastern New York beckon nature enthusiasts. About 40% of Catskill Park's more than 700,000 acres are designated as "Forever Wild."

7. Bear Mountain State Park

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Texas is home to some prime Gulf Coast coastlines, and South Padre Island is considered one of the best. South Padre offers 34 miles of relaxing beaches along the warm waters of the Gulf of Mexico.

8. Letchworth State Park

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Nicknamed the Grand Canyon of the East because of its impressive canyons, Letchworth State Park is a hidden gem for travelers who love the outdoors.

9. Long Island

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This 118-mile-long island is often visited by New Yorkers looking to escape the city to relax on white sand beaches with a glass of wine.

10. Ithaca

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The presence of two renowned institutions โ€“ Ithaca College and Cornell University โ€“ makes Ithaca a true college town.

11. Fire Island

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Those looking to get away from the skyscrapers can travel about 60 miles southeast of New York City to reach this 32-mile-long, car-free barrier island.

12. Saratoga Springs

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Ever since the Mohawk people came to Saratoga Springs and discovered its mineral waters, which were believed to have restorative properties, the town has become a popular vacation destination.

13. Cooperstown

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Cooperstown may be small, but it draws hundreds of thousands of visitors each year to America's pastime.

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