For many people, the first association with Upstate New York comes from jokes made on TV and in movies that highlight its harsh winters and rural countryside. However, the reality of Upstate New York’s culture and landscape are far more beautiful than most people think, and there are countless reasons why everyone should visit at least once in their lifetime. Here are just ten of them
Quaint, Beautiful Towns
The northern part of New York State is home to a few charming communities. Simply put, no one really talks about them, and those who reside there are very content with this. People who reside in Upstate New York communities like Saratoga Springs, Ithaca, and Lake Placid prefer the more tranquil lifestyle of the countryside, much like those who live peacefully in the Midwest. These small towns offer peace from the hustle and bustle that so often consumes people living in metropolitan areas. With farmland as far as the eye can see, it’s easy to forget that you’re still only two hours away from some of America’s most populous cities!
Upstate New York’s splendour may be appreciated without travelling to its cities. Even if you’re only travelling through on a road trip, you may take in the beautiful scenery that this part of the state has to offer, such the Adirondack Mountains. Indeed, a few hours in this region ought to be more than enough to persuade you that New York City is home to a number of other breathtaking attractions. If you want to stay in the area for an extended period of time and explore what it has to offer, there are plenty of places where you can stay – from five-star resorts like The Sagamore Resort and Mohonk Mountain House to quaint bed and breakfasts with personal touches. You could also choose from one of many campgrounds available or rent a cabin or houseboat by Lake George.