Upstate New York has many famous and little-known tourist attractions. Make one your destination, or plan to see a few on your next trip up. Read this first to make sure you see everything that Upstate New York has to offer!
You can’t go to Upstate New York and not visit Niagara Falls! Once the premiere honeymoon destination for newlyweds all over the U.S., the falls have lost none of their awe-inspiring charm. Niagara Falls is one of the natural wonders of North America, and it can be viewed from many vantage points. Peer over the falls (safely) from a designated viewing area, or take a tour that will get you even closer!
It is believed by the Iroquois that the Great Spirit made the Finger Lakes with its own majestic handprint. Even today, you can make out the distinctive outline as you enjoy activities all around the lakes. From fishing to hiking and watersports, there’s always something going on at the lakes, especially during the summer months. Countless lodgings surround Finger Lakes, giving you quick access to the lake’s activities.
George Eastman House and the International Museum of Photography and Film
This mansion is comprised of 50 rooms, a stable, a barn, a garage, five separate greenhouses, and several gardens. See it all in one visit, or come back multiple times to take it all in. Tourists may tour the museum and see rotating exhibits any day of the week, and when you’re through, dine at the café or shop the museum store for one-of-a-kind gifts and souvenirs.
If you’re looking for a little slice of heaven, you’ve found it in Adirondack Park. Every season of the year brings amazing sights to this park. Mountain biking and hiking are always available, as are special events like concerts and sporting events. The oldest winter carnival in the northeast is held in the park, and you may be lucky enough to witness an annual 90-mile canoe race. The Adirondacks are the crowning jewel of Upstate New York, and this Park will remind you why!
Because it has been home to two Winter Olympics, Lake Placid has earned a reputation as a winter sport mecca. In fact, famous athletes still come to Lake Placid for training. Who knows who you’ll see during your visit! Not-so-famous people can enjoy skiing and ice skating. There are also shops and restaurants throughout the town, making Lake Placid an all-in-one tourist attraction any time of the year.
You’ll hear locals call the entire area – Saratoga Springs, Schuylerville, Wilton, and Saratoga Lake – simply “Saratoga.” There’s a casual atmosphere that can’t be missed, and the area’s slogan, “Health. History. Horses.” speaks for itself to advertise the best-known features of the region. There’s a rich history here, too, so you’ll learn something you didn’t know every time you visit! And while you’re there, take the opportunity to see one of the oldest thoroughbred race tracks in the nation.
To find additional tourist attractions, check out Discover New York State.