With striking mountains, windswept beaches, and endless vineyards, breweries, museums, and villages in between, New York State is a paradise for travelers. If you’re feeling like you need a place to unwind, we’re here to help you out. Here are 16 perfect getaways in the state.
This surfing town on the tip of Long Island has some seriously cool beach vibes. Spend a day on the beach, go deep-sea fishing, or ride bikes out to the point and climb one of the oldest lighthouses in the country.
A family-friendly destination surrounded by stunning natural landscapes, Lake George has a lot to offer. Take a boat out to one of the lake’s many islands, play a round of mini-golf, or hit up the outlet shopping nearby.
A massive trio of waterfalls straddling the border between New York and Canada, Niagara Falls has been a draw for centuries. Look out over the falls from above, or take a daring boat ride right near the base of the falls. Wear a poncho—you’re going to get soaked!
A barrier that separates Long Island from the Atlantic Ocean, this tiny, windswept, car-free island has acres of protected parklands that create a feeling of true escape for visitors. Travel from white, sandy beaches to mini-golf by bicycle, boat, or golf cart.
New Paltz is home to some of the best nature the Hudson Valley has to offer. Explore Minnewaska State Park, browse the local art scene, or go apple picking in the fall. Stay at the coveted Mohonk Mountain House, which has another expanse of secluded nature trails.
Home of two past Winter Olympics, a picturesque village, and a crystal-blue mountain lake, the town of Lake Placid is full of opportunities for visitors, especially in the winter. Take a ride on the Olympic bobsled track, go skiing at Whiteface Mountain, or just relax with shopping trip and a cup of hot cocoa in town.
A city in the midst of a Renaissance, Buffalo is a surprise delight for a lot of visitors. Sample the burgeoning food and craft beer scene, catch a concert at Canalside, and explore the Darwin D. Martin House (or one of the many other Frank Lloyd Wright masterpieces scattered throughout the city).
These sophisticated beach towns at the eastern end of Long Island continue to draw summer crowds of rich and famous people. Visit a local vineyard, go antiquing, or spend the day simply watching the waves crash on white sand beaches.
With no shortage of exciting happenings, New York City draws millions of visitors who are inspired by its energy. In New York, the possibilities are endless. You can see world-famous landmarks, watch a Broadway show, get lost in Central Park…and that’s just in the borough of Manhattan!
The perfect getaway for tired city-slickers, Beacon awaits just a two-hour train ride north of New York City. This tiny, zany art town is filled with quirky shops, museums, tasty eateries, hiking, and amazing views of the Hudson River.
Although it’s not the place where the famous 60s music festival took place (that was Bethel, New York), Woodstock welcomes hippies and peace-loving individuals of all kinds. This artsy Catskills village is surrounded by mountains and streams, which offer ample hiking and swimming opportunities.
As the locals aptly say, “Ithaca is Gorges.” An academic town on the shores of Lake Cayuga, visitors to Ithaca will find it hard to run out of natural scenery to explore. Head to Buttermilk State Falls for a hike, try one of the bakeries in town, or see Cornell’s campus.
This upstate Hudson River retreat draws more and more city residents every summer. The town is a magnet for artists and intellectuals seeking a peaceful, quiet refuge. Stay at a local B&B, browse a bookstore, or people-watch at a street-side café.
A string of breathtaking islands dots this section of the St. Lawrence River dividing New York and Ontario. You’ll enjoy stunning scenery, world-class boating and fishing, and a handful of historic castles and lighthouses.
Famous for being the home of the Baseball Hall of Fame, Cooperstown is a pretty village worth visiting for other reasons. Try visiting the Ommegang Brewery for a taste of fine craft beer, check out a farmer’s market, or admire the pretty Lake Otsego.
Home to the historic Saratoga Horse Race Course, this small Adirondacks town has a lot to offer. Try your luck at the casino, explore one of many area museums, or go hiking at Saratoga State Park. Afterward, stop for a glass of wine at the Saratoga Winery and browse the local farmer’s market.