I can’t take credit for coming up with this list but after reading it, I’ve added each one of these to my Upstate bucket list. Have you been to any of these? Any others you’d add?
Thrillist put together the most beautiful places to visit in Upstate New York. Of course, as usual, the “Upstate New York” debate may make you second guess how “Upstate” some of these really are, but either way, they’re not too far and they’re all worth the trip.
Letchworth State Park (Castile): I’ve had this on the top of my bucket list for awhile, how do you not want to see something called the “Grand Canyon of the East?” (About 4.5 hours W of Albany, NY)
The Pavillion at the Sagamore (Lake George): I’m so happy I’ve actually seen one of these places in person. This pavilion is beautiful with such an amazing view of the lake, just grab a drink at the bar and admire it. (About 1.25 hours N of Albany, NY)
Yaddo Gardens (Saratoga): This always feels like some mysterious, secret garden to me. I pass it all of the time to get to the race course but I feel like I’m supposed to have a special membership to enter. I’ve always wanted to check it out, though. (About 40 mins N of Albany, NY)
Whittaker Falls (Martinsburg): I’m not gonna lie, I’ve never heard of this. My favorite part of local hikes is the waterfalls so why wouldn’t I want to see a waterfall within a waterfall. Apparently, it’s also a beautiful and not too crowded camping spot, too. (About 2.5 hours NW of Albany, NY)
Rainbow Bridge Falls (Watkins Glen): Again with the waterfalls, we must really appreciate waterfalls up here. The beautiful view plus the relaxing sound, give me a waterfall any day and this one is definitely something special.
(About 3.5 hours W of Albany, NY)
Lockwood Lavender Farm (Skaneateles): Lavender is supposed to be calming on its own, now imagine walking through 120- acres of it and then add baby animals. Sounds like heaven. (About 3 hours W of Albany, NY)
The Devils Path (Catskills): They named this one of the hardest hikes in New York,
25-miles with a 14,000ft elevation change but as challenging as that sounds, the views make it worth it. (About 1 hour S of Albany, NY)
The Wild Walk (Tupper Lake): I’ve never thought I wanted to sit in a nest like a bird but with these views, this is another one at the top of my list. It’s the only elevated treetop trail in the state. (About 3 hours N of Albany, NY)
If you want to see the rest of the list, including a sunflower farm, Finger Lakes vineyard, and secret pathway, you can find them on the Thrillist website.