Everyone has their own stereotypical views of each state throughout the country, we can’t help it! There are just certain things we relate to some states more than we do others. For most people who have never called the Empire State their home, they think of things like New York City, Niagara Falls and our mouthwatering pizza when they dream about New York. But if you do plan on making the move to this amazing state of ours, there’s a handful of things you’ll want to know about before you really dig in your feet.
We’re aware that these uncertain times are limiting many aspects of life as we all practice social and physical distancing. While we’re continuing to feature destinations that make our state wonderful, we don’t expect or encourage you to go check them out immediately. We believe that supporting local attractions is important now more than ever and we hope our articles inspire your future adventures! And on that note, please nominate your favorite local business that could use some love right now:
1. There's more waterfalls here than you ever imagined.
When it comes to outdoor attractions, New York's most popular ones usually involve a waterfall or two. But it isn't until you live in the Empire State that you start to digest just how many waterfalls there are here. From towering falls that attract crowds to small town gems you won't find on maps, there's so many to be seen.
2. We love our teams...
The fans of New York teams in the sports world are nearly just as famous as the actual teams themselves. We've earned quite a reputation for ourselves. Whether you look to the stands of Yankee Stadium or the parking lots surrounding New Era Field where you can find us all tailgating, we're a prideful bunch.
3. And speaking of pride, there's certainly holidays that we tend to celebrate a bit harder than others.
Some states may not care much about holidays like St. Patrick's Day. But in regions (specifically like Central New York) where you have large populations of residents with Irish roots, you can find us turning this holiday into a full day celebration. One of our favorite New York companies, Byrne Dairy pumps out their annual green milk for St. Patrick's Day that we just can't get enough of.
4. We're more quirky than you may have anticipated.
New York isn't quite like all the other states that you'll find up here in the northeast corner of the country. All of our regions are overflowing with character, and you might be surprised to see how many quirky destinations you can find outside of the colorful New York City.
5. And we're definitely more haunted than you previously realized.
New York's lack of eerie desert settings and abandoned ghost towns may result in it being at the bottom of your list when it comes to states that you think of for haunted attractions and paranormal activity. But don't let our friendly faces distract you from the fact that there is actually quite a laundry list of haunted and abandoned places that will spook you to your core!
6. Our regions are incredibly diverse.
Stanley Zimny (Thank You for 25 Million views)/Flickr
New Yorkers can understand more than anyone that with a state as large and unique as ours, it frequently feels as though each region is its own little state. Long Island and Western New York feel like different universes, while the same can be said for comparing almost every other region to each other in our state.
7. You can get to a ton of other destinations quite quickly.
Depending on where exactly you live in New York, you can get to places like Massachusetts, Vermont, New Hampshire, Connecticut, Rhode Island, Pennsylvania and even Ontario and Quebec in just a matter of hours. It's more exciting than you may think to have such wonderful neighbors!
8. While some of New York's attractions may not be as near to you as might have thought.
Just because you make the great decision to move to New York doesn't mean that you'll have all of its wonderful regions and attractions right at your finger tips. Oftentimes you'll find that it's quicker to travel to a different state or country than it is to make your way to another area of New York. Making your way from the top of New York all the way down to Long Island will take you nearly 8 hours, while driving across the state from the east to the west will usually take you about 5 hours.
9. All of the potholes.
If you're from another state in our country where you aren't familiar with potholes and have the advantage of having fancy reflectors decorating your roads, then buckle up, buster! You're in for a ride. New York's intense winters involve lots of salt and snow plows, tearing up our roads every year and doing a number on our tires every spring.
10. Our weather tends to be quite indecisive.
Don't be shocked if you move to the Empire State and find yourself having a moment where you've realized that you've experienced all four seasons in one day. New York's weather often can't make up it's mind, and it's always handy to have extra layers on hand.
11. You'll fall in love with our small towns.
Many people find themselves initially attracted to our state's big cities, but once you move here you might be surprised that you'll find yourself loving our small towns just as much if not more.
12. The food really is as good as we say it is.
It isn't just our classics like our bagels, pizzas and wings that will meet your expectations, it's all of the delicious and spectacular restaurants that you'll find throughout New York that will leave your taste buds feeling complete.
13. We haven't been being dramatic about the snow.
If you thought New Yorkers were being dramatic and couldn't stand a bit of cold weather, think again! Our winters really can get quite intense. Areas like Central and Western New York tend to be hit with the worst amounts of snowfall throughout our coldest parts of the year, something you might not have the easiest time adjusting to.
14. Just how scenic our state really is.
Like I said, it's quite easy to find yourself attracted to New York. But most people won't fully understand all that our state has to offer and just how beautiful it truly is until they move here and get settled down. With a state this scenic, you're never going to want to stop exploring.