The 14 Very Best Day Trips You Can Possibly Take In New York
With a plethora of unforgettable adventures hiding in plain sight, sometimes we need to be pointed in the right direction when it comes to figuring out what trips to take in the Empire State. From places to eat to new outdoor explorations, we love finding new activities that will help keep you busy. We’re always excited to put together another list of fun day trips in Upstate NY, so here’s another batch of some of the absolute best day trips in New York state that will leave you falling in love with your own backyard.
Which place on this list of fun day trips in Upstate NY would you like to visit first? If you need more day trip inspiration, take a look at our bucket list of the most unique places you should go to in New York. Start planning now for next year’s adventures!
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What are the best small towns in New York?
Some of the best small towns in New York include:
New Paltz is one of the most popular small towns for visitors in the early spring months or in the fall. It is a gorgeous town in the Catskills and easy to access from anywhere in the state! Pawling is another scenic town, where you'll be able to go hiking along the Appalachian trail or visit the charming Daryl's House music venue - owned by Daryl Hall himself. If you prefer to head up north, visit Tupper Lake! This Adirondack town is tiny and welcoming to anyone visiting the High Peaks region. No list of the best small towns in New York would be complete without a mention of Hammondsport, which is in the heart of New York's wine country and nicknamed the "coolest small town in America".
What are the most beautiful places in New York?
Some of the most beautiful places in New York include:
New York's stunning state parks show off scenic views that are so beautiful, it's hard to believe. A hike through Watkins Glen State Park shows off gorges, waterfalls, and caves that will make you feel like you've discovered Middle Earth. A grueling (but doable!) hike to the top of Cascade Mountain in Adirondack State Park shows off 360-degree High Peak views you'll never forget. Letchworth State Park combines history and scenery for an unforgettable adventure.
Where can I find more of the best photos of New York?
You'll find a collection of rural photos of New York here if you feel like taking a virtual tour of our prettiest small towns. For more photos of New York that are sure to make you appreciate the beauty of the Empire State, join our New York Nature Lovers Facebook group, or subscribe to the Only In New York newsletter.