If you’re like myself and you’ve never known home to be anywhere but the state of New York, you’ll more than likely understand the feeling of never wanting to leave. It seems as though anything you could ever want to have right in your back yard, you can find within reasonable reach from anywhere in our state. Most of us could spend the weekend around a campfire pouring our hearts out over why it is we’re so in love with where we live, but some of our residents or soon-to-be transplants may not be so convinced.
Wondering why all of our residents look like they’ve been struck by Cupid’s arrow? These are the 21 reasons why our hearts will always be in New York:
1. Remarkable attractions.
From our natural landmarks to amazing man made wonders, there's nothing like our attractions. All across our state in various regions you'll find mind blowing spots like Niagara Falls and the Statue of Liberty.
2. Never-ending supply of historic, bizarre, and one of a kind museums.
Whatever your taste may be, there's a museum in our state for you.
3. Every inch of our 127 miles of coastline.
We'll always be dreaming of adventurous days in the water and peaceful days catching sun rays on the beach!
4. Incredible cities that are so full of life!
Generally speaking, most of New York has a bit of resentment towards the Big Apple. We're tired of everyone assuming our state is made up of this one big city! Nevertheless, we will always remain proud of
all our cities and miss them terribly once we leave.
5. Secret spots that have what dreams are made of.
Whether it's a swimming hole, hiking spot, abandoned building, or relaxing hang out, almost everyone in New York has a secret spot we'll never be willing to share with out-of-towners!
6. Colorful fall foliage.
It's true, many of us have trouble swallowing the bitter pill that they call winter, but that doesn't mean we don't love the transitioning months of fall! Always eager to take out our flannels and run to go apple picking, we love the sound of crunchy leaves beneath our feet.
7. Bundling up for our beautiful, snow dusted winters.
If you celebrate Christmas, you'll know that the feeling of waking up on the morning of December 25th and looking out your window to see no snow is most certainly a strange one. Celebrating the holidays and ringing in the new year without cold crisp air and white snow covering everything just seems wrong.
8. Summers that we've spent all winter dreaming of!
Forget about a woodland creature telling us what season it is! There's nothing more sweet than hearing the sound of the ice cream truck driving by your residence, letting you know that Summer has indeed arrived.
9. Every single stunning mountain and all of their breathtaking views.
The debate between which mountain region steals our hearts the most, Adirondacks or Catskills, is one that is often discussed amongst our residents. No matter which you favor, there's no denying the beauty each one of our mountains holds.
Don't go chasing waterfalls? Just try and stop us! Many of the waterfalls in our state are popular attractions for tourists and residents, but we'll always keep a few as secrets for ourselves. When it comes to our waterfalls, we're not the best at sharing!
11. Winding, remote roads that we love to drive along.
It doesn't matter how you're traveling or to where, any one of our beautiful country and back roads will steal your heart away.
12. Beautiful farms that remind you of simpler times.
Often a perk of taking a nice drive along a country road, there's nothing like the beauty of farmland.
13. Wine Country that will surely quench your thirst.
From the Finger Lakes to Long Island, our beautiful vineyards look like they've just come straight out of a movie.
14. Wildlife that will stop you in your tracks.
We don't want to live in a state full of scorpions and panthers! After leaving home, we miss our New York wildlife dearly. There's nothing more peaceful than looking out your window to find a deer, fox, or maybe even an adorable bunny.
15. Strolls and hikes along our scenic trails.
Whatever your skill level may be, there's a trail in New York to be explored by you!
16. High or low, our magnificent wide open spaces will calm you.
Rural fields filled with nothing but open space for you to soak in and run through, or 360-views from the top of a high peak. Taking a day to explore any open space is more than worth it.
17. Quirky and alluring landmarks.
Pictured above you can see one of New York's more quirky attractions, Pratt Rock.
18. Small town charm.
Small towns exist in every state, but there's nothing like the charm of a small town in New York.
19. Waking up to greet the sun.
The colors you can see painted in the sky by wonderful Mother Nature in our state will have you speechless.
20. Catching the sun before you end your night.
We enjoy saying goodnight to the sun just as much as we love greeting it in the morning.
21. Escaping to one of our favorite state parks.
All throughout our state, wherever you may be, there's an delightful state park for you. Asking us to choose just one is like telling us to pick a favorite child!
Every one of us has our own particular reasons for loving the state of New York. If there’s a reason why our East Coast state has captured your heart but didn’t make it on our list, share with us at Only In New York why it is
you love it here!