When New York is mentioned, your mind likely jumps to images of skyscrapers, bright lights, the rich, the famous, and millions of other people in between. While this is synonymous with New York City, there’s a lot more to the state than Time Square and Fashion Week. While the city is incredible, and deserves a visit, don’t pass up all New York state has to offer. New York is a natural wonder, with waterfalls, beaches, mountains, and lakes. The history here is rich and runs deep. No trip to New York is complete without visits to its many cultural and scenic up-state cities. Check out our top picks of can’t-miss destinations in New York.
1) Niagara Falls State Park
With bragging rights as the oldest state park in the country, this park is also home one of the most famous waterfalls in the world. Niagara Falls is composed of three waterfalls. The Bridal Veil and American Falls are stateside, while the Canadian side claims rights to Horseshoe Falls. These combine to create the highest flow rate of any waterfall on the planet. From Niagara Falls State Park, visitors can board the Maid of the Mist and get up close and personal to the action. This boat tour takes you to the bottom the Falls where you can feel the mist while enjoying a breathtaking view. If you want to get even closer, visit the Cave of the Winds; a walkway leading behind Bridal Veil. This is the best place to feel and hear the enormous power of the Falls.