Besides New York, there are more beautiful places to see in New York State, so why not go on a New York State road trip? These are the 6 most beautiful sights.
The most beautiful places in New York State
What are the best places to visit during a New York State road trip?
The Adirondacks Mountains are located in the north of New York State and Whiteface Mountain is one of the highest peaks. What’s so great about it, is that it is not very difficult to get here, because you can park your car (almost) at the top! From here you can take a lift or go on a short hike to the viewpoint. And the view is absolutely gorgeous on top of Whiteface Mountain!
Not far from Whiteface Mountain, you’ll find the lovely town of Lake Placid. Here are several lakes (including the large Lake Placid), and it’s great to explore the town on foot. Lots of shops and there are many nice restaurants. It is quite touristy and that is because the Olympic Games took place here twice (in 1932 and 1980).
Do you want to know more about the Winter Olympics in Lake Placid? It’s a lot of fun to visit the Lake Placid Olympic Ski Jumping Complex. Here you can see (even in summer!) people making special jumps on skis. You can go to the highest ski jump with a lift, from the top you have a great view of the area.
Watkins Glen State Park
Do you like beautiful waterfalls? Then a New York State road trip is perfect for you! A must-see is Watkins Glen State Park. In this small park, you can see no less than 19 waterfalls during a 2-mile hike (about 3 kilometers).
The village of Watkins Glen is also a nice place to stay and use as a base to visit more waterfalls in the area, such as the Ithaca Falls.
Watkins Glen is also located at the shore of one of the Finger Lakes (Senaca Lake), which is also a New York State landmark. The Finger Lakes are a number of elongated lakes and when you look at the map it does look like a couple of fingers!!
You can rent a boat to go sailing on one of the lakes, take beautiful walks or visit one of the many vineyards around the lakes.
The most famous waterfalls in New York State are located on the border with Canada: the Niagara Falls. Undoubtedly, this is one of the most touristic spots in the state (some people even compare it to Las Vegas!), But for good reason. Niagara Falls are very impressive and a must-see during your New York State road trip.
New York City
Of course, New York City cannot be missed while you’re on a New York State road trip. The city is world-famous for its high skyscrapers. You can enjoy yourself here for days and you will be amazed. Visit the museums, relax in Central Park, go to the top of one of the skyscrapers (tip: Top of the Rock) for a great view, and let the charm wash over you. Some additional recommendations for New York first-timers are visiting The 9/11 memorial museum, the Empire State Building, and the Statue of Liberty. New York is a must-visit!
Pro tip: Get a New York CityPASS to visit most of the highlights in New York City with a discount.
Tip: are you looking for a hotel with parking in a good location? Try the LIC Hotel!
How do you get to New York State?
To get to New York State, it is best to fly to New York City. Do you want to combine your New York State road trip with a trip to Ontario in Canada? In that case, you could also fly to Toronto or Montreal and take a road trip to New York State from there. Check Skyscanner to compare flight times and find the cheapest tickets to New York, Toronto, or Montreal. Check Skyscanner for the cheapest plane tickets.
How to get around in New York State?
In New York City you can get around by public transport, but for a New York State road trip, you really need a car. You can rent them at different places, so compare prices from different locations (for example, from New York airports versus a car rental office in the city) and see which is most convenient for you. I myself use these websites to rent cars for my road trips in the United States of America: AutoEurope and Alamo.
Best time to visit New York State
What’s the best travel time for a New York State road trip? Of course, you can go on a road trip there all year round, but if you also want to hike and see the waterfalls, then it is wise to go on a New York State road trip between March and November. In the autumn it is extra beautiful to go on a road trip in this region because the trees change color beautifully!
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