The true heart of New York can be found inside of our small towns. It’s in these locations that visitors can find friendly faces, charming attractions and nostalgic wonders that will have them feeling intrigued. Attempting to figure out which destination in the Empire State you should visit for a simple yet amazing getaway? Then try plan a trip to one of these slow-paced towns that you’re guaranteed to love.
If there was ever a town in New York that you should consider timeless and magical, it's Chittenango. Hiding out in Madison County, the streets of this small town can be seen painted yellow... just like the famous Yellow Brick Road. For those who are unfamiliar, Chittenango is known for being the hometown of L. Frank Baum - the other of The Wizard of Oz! The town continues to celebrate the author's legacy each year with their incredible Oz-Stravaganza festival, something you'll to keep in mind for your bucket list.
2. Sleepy Hollow
Sleepy Hollow is one of the many beautiful and historic towns that you can find right along the shores of the Hudson River. Part of Westchester County, the small area is visited by many to come and explore the Philipsburg Manor - a historic English manor from the 1600s where you'll be able to dive right into history.
A charming location within Cattaraugus County, Ellicottville is only home to roughly 400 residents. The area is known to many as being an incredible resort town, where visitors come to take advantage of
and all that is has to offer. Throughout town you'll find nostalgic gems like their
and amazing outdoor spaces like Griffis Sculpture Park that will keep you busy.
Step outside our famous city of Niagara Falls and you'll find the fascinating town of Lewiston. Bringing you out by the water in our Western corner of the state, it's here that you'll be able to find timeless adventures like an
underground boat tour
that you'll wish you had discovered sooner!
Nestled between the northern ends of both Seneca and Cayuga Lake, the small town of Waterloo will put you at ease. Right in Seneca County, the town's history can be traced all the way back to the 1500s. Today visitors come to Waterloo while exploring New York's
, making the stop at the dreamy Muranda Cheese Company!
One of our most quirky towns that always wins over the hearts of anyone who takes the time to visit it,
has been keeping things simple for as long as we can remember. You'll find that here things are laid back yet full of life, with vibrant colors running throughout town and friendly faces smiling at you from all over. With just over 5,000 residents, this town, needless to say, is a true treasure of Ulster County.
7. Cape Vincent
Make a trip out to the St. Lawrence River in Jefferson County and you'll find the scenic town of Cape Vincent waiting for you. With a population of just under 3,000 residents, the town is home to historic landmarks like the Tibbetts Point Lighthouse where you can visit and enjoy history all while being surrounded by amazing waterfront views.
8. Crown Point
All throughout the Adirondack region you can find beautiful small towns that you'll fall head over heels for. Whether you love them for their scenic surroundings or you enjoy the authentic small-town feel and unique attractions that they offer, you'll never want to leave once you visit. Not far from the shores of Lake Champlain, Crown Point is home to the historic ruins of Fort Crown Point and has much to offer to those who are looking to explore the area's history.
Head on down to the Catskills and you'll discover an assortment of towns that operate leisurely. When you're surrounded by beautiful forests and natural wonders, it's hard to want to move at anything but a slow pace so you won't miss out on all of the beauty that's around you. Our favorite way to keep things simple while visiting this town? Make the much-needed trip to the Phoenicia Diner and you'll quickly be reminded of why New York's diner food is simply the best.
Situated along the Erie Canal in Monroe County, the town of Pittsford manages to keep things simple and rural all while having a relatively close proximity to the great city of Rochester. The town is made up of open spaces and farms, some of which are home to our favorite
dairies and bakeries
that you won't regret taking the time to visit.
11. Tupper Lake
Another beautiful Adirondack town that you won't want to skip out on visiting, Tupper Lake is home to roughly 3,000 residents. Way up north where you're surrounded by our tallest mountains and most breathtaking scenic sights, Tupper Lake takes you away from it all in the best way possible.