New York April 26, 2020
10 Staggeringly Beautiful Places In New York That Will Always Be Waiting For You
Made up of more regions than the average state, New York is full of gorgeous destinations that will leave you absolutely in awe. From crystal clear lakes that you can see all the way to the bottom of, to epic waterfalls that have actual flames nestled inside of them, there are so many staggeringly beautiful places within our state that you won’t even believe are real. If you’re ready to see what it’s like to uncover the most head-turning natural wonders and corners of the Empire State, then see what it’s like to set your sights on these ten marvelous spots. Check it out!
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. Panama Rocks Scenic Park
One of the most incredible places that you'll ever visit out in Western New York, all the way out in Chautauqua County is the breathtaking Panama Rocks Scenic Park. Taking you through a world of moss-covered rock formations, you'll feel as though you've entered another universe as you explore this historic park.
2. Niagara Falls
New York's most powerful waterfall, visiting Niagara Falls means that you'll get to step foot inside of the country's oldest state park. Woah! Whether you explore the park on foot, go for a ride on the Maiden of the Mist, or walk out onto observation tower to test your bravery, anyway that you experience Niagara Falls will make for a staggeringly beautiful adventure.
3. Green Lakes State Park
While the state of New York is no stranger to bodies of water that will steal your breath away, there's nothing else like what you'll experience inside of Green Lakes State Park. Here within the park, you'll get to see Green Lake - a crystal clear lake that experiences no turnover, allowing you to see all the way to the bottom of the lake. With a beautiful vibrant hue and the chance to watch wildlife swimming throughout the waters, you'll fall in love with this place.
4. 67 Steps Beach
A lesser-known gem of Long Island, 67 Steps Beach is a small slice of New York that will leave you completely in awe. Made up of scenic boulders along the beachfront, this is one of our favorite places to watch the sunset when we're in this area of our state.
5. Dover Stone Church
You may have explored some of New York's underground caves before, but did you know that you can actually add an aboveground cave onto your adventurous bucket list too? One of the many natural wonders that make up the Hudson Valley's breathtaking scenery, a short hike through the woods will lead you to Dover Stone Church - an aboveground cave that has waterfalls all inside of it.
6. Sam's Point Preserve
Made up of over 4,000-acres down in Ulster County, Sam's Point Preserve will have you hiking through some of New York's most unique landscapes. Leading you to the highest point along the Shawangunk Ridge, you'll feel as though you're on the top of the world when you explore the trails that run through this stunning preserve.
7. Eternal Flame Falls
Arguably the most unique waterfall in New York that you'll ever set your sights on, Eternal Flame Falls can be found just outside of the city of Buffalo. It's true! Inside of Chestnut Ridge Park in Orchard Park, while this waterfall may not be one of the largest that you'll ever see in the Empire State, it's certainly unlike any other. In the middle of Eternal Flame Falls, explorers will find an actual flame that will leave you speechless.
8. Wellesley Island State Park
If you're looking for a reason to visit New York's Thousand Islands, then start planning a future trip to Wellesley Island State Park. Up along the St. Lawrence River in Jefferson County, Wellesley Island State Park covers more than 2,600-acres and offers endless views of this breathtaking river.
9. Chittenango Falls
Cascading down more than 65-feet, Chittenango Falls is an underrated waterfall of New York. Hidden away along the winding roads of Madison County, take a quick adventure down a set of stairs and before you know it, you'll be standing at the base of Chittenango Falls with a view that you'll never forget. If you're looking for a less time-consuming adventure, this is a great one to keep in mind!
10. Letchworth State Park
Known as the Grand Canyon of the East, all it takes is one look at Letchworth State Park and you'll know why this is considered to be one of the best state parks in the country. For those who have never visited, the Genesee River runs right through the heart of Letchworth, creating three major waterfalls inside of the park that are nothing short of picture-perfect.
If you’re looking for more breathtaking adventures to experience here within the Empire State, then be sure to also read about how
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