We won’t deny it, we love taking road trips! There’s nothing better than packing up the car and spontaneously hitting the road, in search of new adventures. It may look like somebody gave us a large bottle of liquor with a big blue marker and challenged us to try and trace the outline of New York. But, we assure you that the road trip you see mapped out below was created with the effort to try and hit as many regions as possible, all while including our most beautiful places to see.
Ready to say goodbye to summer with one last adventure? Check out this New York natural wonders road trip that you’re going to want to take:
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We've planned out the entire trip so you don't have to! Your only job now is to pack your bags and fill up your vehicle with gas.
1. Panama Rocks Scenic Park - Panama
First up we have one of our favorite places to visit, the otherworldly park that is New York's Panama Rocks. Open everyday from 10AM to 5PM, the park features towering rock formations and passageways hidden in the beautiful forest! It's hard not to feel like you've stepped into a fairy tale once you start exploring this place, a Chautauqua County favorite that's perfect for all ages.
2. The American Falls - Niagara Falls
If you haven't been then now is the time to go! The one waterfall every New Yorker should see at least once in their lifetime, the American Falls will almost quite literally blow you away. Enjoy the view from the top of the falls at one of our parks or get soaked while you enjoy the view of the base on a Maid of the Mist boat tour!
3. Watkins Glen State Park - Watkins Glen
A spot that just
had to be apart of this road trip, the 19 waterfalls you'll find inside of Watkins Glen State Park will have you convinced you're dreaming. A two-mile gorge trail will bring you around, beside and underneath amazing waterfalls that are worth the hundreds of steps you'll have to climb in order to see all of them.
4. Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge - Seneca Falls
Operated by the United States Fish and Wildlife Service, the scenic park was made a National Natural Landmark back in 1973! Currently 8,000 acres in size, Montezuma makes for a beautiful place to check out New York's wildlife.
5. Salmon River Falls - Orwell
Found out in Oswego County, this 110-foot waterfall is a great place for visitors of all ages to come and explore! The hike to the falls is nice and short, leading you along a flat trail that won't drain you of all your energy.
6. Ausable Chasm - Keeseville
Adventure is waiting at America's Oldest Natural Attraction! One of the many places within New York that will bring out the explorer in you, you can
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about the various types of exploring you can experience at this true Adirondack treasure.
7. Natural Stone Bridge And Caves - Pottersville
If you've been looking to explore one of New York's many caves but have been hesitant to adventure underground, then Natural Stone Bridge and Caves is always a perfect place to start. The largest marble cave entrance in the eastern United States, there's plenty of exploring to do not only inside this fascinating cave, but also out all around it. With historic trails and amazing geological formations, you'll love checking out this outdoor attraction.
8. Saratoga Springs Geyser- Saratoga Spa Staet Park
The city of Saratoga Springs is home to eighteen mineral springs, each having their own unique tastes and healing qualities. But, there's one out of these many springs that you absolutely must make a point to see. Easily found inside Saratoga Spa State Park, you'll discover the Geyser Island Spouter, something which looks to beautiful to actually be real! To read more about this particular mineral springs and several others,
9. Montauk Point - Long Island
While this road trip would've been incredibly quicker if we excluded Long Island, we couldn't forget about this magical area of our state. With views of the ocean and beautiful landmarks, a day at Montauk Point is a day well spent.
10. Kaaterskill Falls - Haines Falls
Ending the trip with one of our favorite kinds of places to go and explore, pictured above you can see the top area of Kaaterskill Falls. If we could talk about waterfalls all day, we most likely would. One of the tallest waterfalls you'll find in New York, this dangerous but beautiful natural wonder is amazing to see firsthand.
From terrifying places and waterfalls to our picture perfect small towns, we’ve got a road trip for everyone! To check out which one of our road trips you should take next,