If you pulled a random resident from every region of New York, it might end up being hard to believe that they all came from the same state. With every one of us being unique and obtaining our own side effects from living here, there’s still plenty of things that all of us can agree one when it comes to being New Yorkers. A helpful list that’ll have you navigating your way through our state, here are some rules you’ll find that we always will live by.
1. Always take the long way home.
It's worth adding an extra handful of minutes onto your way home if it means you get to enjoy all of New York's scenic beauty! With scenic byways and beautiful routes connecting all regions of our state, it's easy to find yourself going for a long drive for no reason at all other than to enjoy the scenery.
2. Small town options are the best options.
Whether you're talking about lesser-known outdoor attractions or other small town activities like farmers markets and charming Mom & Pop stores, New York's small towns are the hearts of our state.
3. Never stop chasing waterfalls.
As someone who has lived in New York their entire life, I'm still constantly coming across new waterfalls I've never seen before. A natural wonder that comes in abundance in the Empire State, waterfalls are literally everywhere here. With a new one always waiting to be discovered, searching for waterfalls is always the perfect adventure.
4. Learn to embrace each and every season.
See the beauty in spring's rain, summer's heat, fall's crisp air and winter's harsh snow before you find yourself turning into the Grinch. There may be times when you don't feel so fondly towards one of the four seasons, but it's better for everyone if you quickly learn to appreciate that we have all of them.
5. And more specifically, don't be intimidated by snow storms.
If you're not from a state that sees a lot of snow, moving to New York can seem a bit nerve wrecking. But don't worry! Most of the time our snow storms aren't as bad as they seem, and when they are? We learn to dive into the fresh powder and have a little fun.
6. Learn to specify which region of New York you're from when introducing yourself so that you can avoid having strangers assume you're from the Big Apple.
If you're traveling throughout the world and tell someone "I'm from New York" 11 out of 10 times they will respond with "New York City?!" and your blood will almost instantaneously come to a bubbling boil. Save yourself the time and anger and simply state that you're from Western, Central, Upstate or whatever region of New York you're from.
7. Listen to the mountains when they're calling.
If you find that the mountains are calling, which they almost always are, head for them! There's no feeling quite like taking an adventure to one of our glorious mountains and making your way to the top.
8. Explore our state parks as much as you possibly can.
You'll never regret taking the time to explore New York's state parks. Full of hidden gems and natural wonders, these amazing areas of our state will absolutely amaze you.
9. Always pick the natural pools over the manmade ones.
Most New Yorkers have their own secret swimming hole to visit, but there are also quite a few state parks that feature naturals pools you'll love to cool off in. Between the scenery and fresh, cool water you'll enjoy beating the heat here instead of places like your local town pool.
10. Always keep a change of clothes with you.
Whether it's extra layers in case things get cold or something lighter that you could cool off in if it gets too hot, it's always handy to have spare clothes in your car at all times. New York's weather can be a bit wacky and go from 80 to 50 degrees all within a day, so it comes in handy to have extra options that will allow you to change and be comfortable.
11. Never stop eating all of the best food.
Out of state friends may not understand the initial appeal to dishes like garbage plates, spiedies or Utica greens, but once they give them a try they'll be hooked!
12. And do yourself a favor, don't eat our classics out of state.
Classic dishes like pizza, wings, and bagels just don't taste the same as they do when they're coming from New York.
13. If you have the choice, always choose Wegmans.
When it comes to doing grocery shopping in New York, we have an obvious sweet spot for Wegmans. So much more than a grocery store, once you experience the luxury of shopping here you'll never want to shop anywhere else!