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Say the words "New York" and icons like Times Square and the Museum of Modern Art may be the first things that pop to mind but the state is also very much a destination for appreciating the outdoors, in every season. Across New York, from Niagara Falls to the tip of Long Island, there are breathtaking hiking trails, lakes and rivers for fishing and boating, mountains for skiing, and lovely ocean beaches for relaxing. And with historical mansions, Revolutionary War sites, stunning mountain lodges, renowned B&Bs, and some of the country's best wineries, there's something for just about everyone.

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New York City

From Wall Street's skyscrapers to the neon of Times Square to Central Park's leafy paths, New York City pulses with an irrepressible energy...

Rochester

First known as the Flour City in the early 1800s, for the mills that were powered by the Genesee River, Rochester became the Flower City when...

Saratoga Springs

Mineral-water springs first brought American Indians and, later, American settlers to this area just south of the Adirondack foothills. Gideon...

Montauk

Twelve long miles of windswept road—the Napeague Stretch—flanked by pristine, often desolate parkland and dotted with several clam bar-restaurants...

Adirondack State Park

Adirondack State Park was created by the state in 1892, and two years later a large chunk of the land was designated "forever wild," prohibiting...

Buffalo

Snow, the Buffalo Bills, and the gateway to Niagara Falls are just some of the things that come to mind when most people think of Buffalo. While...

Albany

Since 1797 Albany has served as the capital of the state. You could say that the city, thanks to its role in state politics and to its location...

Southampton

Southampton is a village steeped in rich history blended with contemporary affluence. Unspoiled area beaches framed by sparkling Atlantic waters...

Niagara Falls

20 mi north of Buffalo, 80 mi south of Toronto, 90 mi west of Rochester. Niagara Falls has inspired artists for centuries. English painter...

Syracuse

At the southern tip of Onondaga Lake, Syracuse is considered the geographic center of the state. The Syracuse area is the ancestral home of...

Fire Island

With the Atlantic Ocean to its south and the Great South Bay to its north, Fire Island is a 32-mile-long narrow stretch of pristine barrier...

Rhinebeck

At heart, Rhinebeck is a historic village with a dose of city sophistication. The influence of earlier times is present in the Victorian, Greek...

Woodstock

Because it lent its name to the 1969 Woodstock Music Festival—which was actually held in Bethel, in the southwestern region of the Catskills...

New Paltz

A vibrant cultural scene, a magnificent natural setting, and abundant outdoor activities are among the draws of this small college town, home...

Sag Harbor

If you're familiar with the Hamptons’ upscale vibe, you'll soon realize that, though it's in the Hamptons, Sag Harbor is not quite as "Hampton...

Cooperstown

The village was founded in 1786 by William Cooper on the southern shore of Otsego Lake, also known as Lake Glimmerglass. William was the father...

Hudson

Rising from decades of decay and decrepitude, Hudson has, over the past few years, finally arrived as a bona fide weekend destination for a...

Lake Placid

The village of Lake Placid isn't on Lake Placid; it's on the shore of Mirror Lake, one of the most beautiful of the Adirondack lakes. The village...

Ithaca

Home to both Cornell University and Ithaca College, eclectic Ithaca is the multicultural and intellectual capital of the central Finger Lakes...

Canandaigua

Long a favorite vacation destination for Rochester residents, this small city (population about 11,200) sits at the north end of 16-mi-long...

East Hampton

Graced with ancient elm trees, majestic gray-shingled homes, and historic windmills, the village of East Hampton has evolved into a busy and...

Millbrook

For many, this Dutchess County village midway between the Hudson River and Connecticut is just the right blend of town and country. Historic...

Shelter Island

Between Long Island's North and South forks, this 11½-square-mile island offers at least a partial escape from the summer traffic-and-crowd...

Riverhead

This is the gateway to Long Island's wine country, with the Peconic River and Great Peconic Bay bordering the town on the south and Long Island...

Greenport

A fleet of commercial fishing boats still operates out of this down-to-earth, working-class village, but shops, restaurants, and hotels have...

Kingston

Kingston has come a long way since its role as the state's first capital way back in 1777; while the historic Stockade District (also known...

Cold Spring

The well-preserved 19th-century village edges one of the most dramatic bends of the Hudson River, and its true showpiece may well be the breath...

Tarrytown

On the east bank of the Hudson River, Tarrytown has a bustling downtown with a rich artistic history. Filled with boutiques, antiques shops...

Cutchogue

Driving east through wine country, you’ll come across this quaint village with white, steepled churches and a small collection of old-fashioned...

Hunter

Nestled in the shadow of Hunter Mountain, the second-highest mountain in the Catskills, the village of Hunter is all about the slopes. On winter...

Phoenicia

A strollable main street makes Phoenicia a pleasure to discover. There are plenty of shops, including a couple of kooky ones, and some surprisingly...

Schenectady

Founded by Dutch traders in 1661, Schenectady is one of the oldest cities in the country. Both General Electric Co. and the now-defunct American...

Nyack

Although only a 35-minute car ride from Manhattan, the Hudson River village of Nyack retains a small-town charm. Elegant mansions and Victorian...

Lake George

The village of Lake George, in the Adirondack foothills, sits at the southern end of the lake of the same name. It's a family-focused tourist...

Saranac Lake

The village of Saranac Lake sits on small Flower Lake; the three lakes that go by the name Saranac—Lower Saranac, Middle Saranac, and Upper...

Westhampton Beach

So many seasonal visitors have fallen in love with Westhampton that it has become one of the fastest-growing year-round communities on eastern...

Poughkeepsie

Thanks to the opening of the Walkway-Over-the-Hudson National Park and a devoted group of talented chefs, this once prosperous city is experiencing...

Long Beach

Long Beach is a city on the rise since Hurricane Sandy ravaged its shores and parts of its lively downtown in October 2012. Since then the city...

Seneca Falls

Seneca Falls is a classic. The former mill town has wide streets lined with century-old homes, 19th-century storefronts, and a sprinkling of...

Windham

Once a private club that attracted prominent politicians and business leaders, the Windham ski resort retains a somewhat exclusive air. Professionals...

Naples

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Troy

At the juncture of the Hudson River and the Erie Canal and just a few miles north of Albany, Troy was an important commercial city in the early...

Garden City

In 1869, the "Merchant Prince of Broadway," Alexander T. Stewart, put his considerable talents, creativity, and wealth into the creation of...

Utica

Utica, near the exact geographic center of New York State, has been a magnet for immigrants since Erie Canal days. Thousands of Irish workers...

Bridgehampton

The beautiful beaches are just part of the attraction at this quiet, classy Hamptons community. Elegant Bridgehampton has antiques shops, art...

Geneva

In the Seneca Lake city of Geneva (population 13,000), wonderful examples of Federal, Victorian Gothic, and Jeffersonian architecture, among...

Aurora

Stretching nearly a mile along the east shore of Cayuga Lake, Aurora has long been one of the prettiest 19th-century villages in upstate New...

Auburn

Around 28,000 people live in Auburn, an urban outpost in rural Cayuga County. Despite a somewhat shabby downtown, the city has a number of beautiful...

Hammondsport

Hammondsport, a small village nestled between soft hills at the southern end of Keuka Lake, is close to a number of quality wineries and an...

Hyde Park

Home to both the Franklin D. Roosevelt Historic National Site (which includes the president’s boyhood home, presidential library, and grave...

Chautauqua and Mayville

The 856-acre village of Chautauqua, bordering Chautauqua Lake, is something of a Mayberry, with Victorian homes lining its narrow, hodgepodge...

North Creek and Gore Mountain

Nestled between the mountains and the Hudson River gorge, the village of North Creek makes a good base for a variety of outdoor activities....

Old Forge and Eagle Bay

Located in the southwest corner of Adirondack Park, the village of Old Forge sits at the west end of the Fulton Chain of Lakes. In years past...

Livingstone Manor

This little hamlet is tucked away in a wedge of land where two creeks—the broad Willowemoc and the narrower Little Beaverkill—come together...

Narrowsburg

This adorable hamlet sits high above the Delaware River. The river is unusually wide here, making this a prime spot for spotting bald eagles...

Kinderhook

One of Kinderhook's most notable residents was Martin Van Buren, eighth president of the United States. You can retrace the steps of early American...

Skaneateles

On a former stagecoach route, Skaneateles—officially pronounced skanny-atlas (though you’ll hear skinny-atlas from locals, too)—presides over...

Annandale-on-Hudson and Tivoli

Annandale-on-Hudson is home to the beautiful Bard College campus and its famous Fisher Center for the Performing Arts. If you travel north to...

Penn Yan

The small village, which incorporated in 1833 and took its name from its early Pennsylvania and Yankee residents, is at the north end of Keuka...

Fredonia and Dunkirk

Dunkirk, one of the few harbors along the east coast of Lake Erie, was named after Dunkerque in northern France, and in 1851 became the terminus...

Bay Shore

About 40 miles east of New York City, Bay Shore is close to Robert Moses State Park, and Fire Island is just a short ferry ride across the Great...

Alexandria Bay

The vacation center and heart of the Thousand Islands area, Alexandria Bay sits at the edge of the St. Lawrence River. In the late 1800s the...

High Falls

The tiny hamlet of High Falls is a weekender's delight where cool shops, old buildings, excellent restaurants, and cozy places to stay nestle...

East Aurora

East Aurora has earned the nickname Toy Town, U.S.A. because of the many toy companies that have been based in this tiny town over the years...

Oneida

This small city off Route 5 and the thruway was settled in 1834. It's home to the Mansion House estate, where the former Oneida Community, a...

Corning

One of the world's glass centers, Corning has an appropriate nickname: Crystal City. The Corning Museum of Glass, housing the world’s largest...

Sayville

Sayville is small-town, main street charm at its best. Once a major exporter of pine to New York City and oyster capital of the United States...

Red Hook

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Katonah

The core of this charming village is made up of several gingerbread Victorian homes and a downtown shopping district populated with upscale...

Northport

The Matinecock Indians were the first inhabitants of what is now one of the North Shore's oldest and most charming villages. Originally known...

Harriman and Bear Mountain State Parks

Bear Mountain, which some say resembles the profile of a reclining bear, presides over the four-season Bear Mountain State Park. A beautiful...

Saugerties

Once a thriving industrial riverfront town, Saugerties went through a slump but now is a vibrant place with a grand new hotel and lively restaurants...

West Point and Storm King

Though very different in purpose—one site is dedicated to military education and the other to celebrating art and nature—West Point and Storm...

Herkimer

The village, on the north bank of the Mohawk River, takes its name from a Revolutionary War general whose home, now a state historic site, was...

Watkins Glen

Watkins Glen State Park, one of the state's premier natural wonders, is one reason to visit this small village (population 2,500). On the south...

Westfield

As the home of a Welch's plant, Westfield calls itself the grape-juice capital of the world. Several wineries are nearby, off U.S. 20. Antiques...

Wilmington

Wilmington is home to Whiteface Mountain ski area, where the alpine events of the 1980 Winter Olympics were held. ...

Blue Mountain Lake

At the edge of Blue Mountain Lake, this hamlet is home to only a few hundred people. Outdoors lovers come to the area, the geographic heart...

Huntington

The township of greater Huntington embraces five navigable harbors, several beaches on the gentle waters of Long Island Sound, and 17 communities...

Sackets Harbor

This Lake Ontario village was settled in 1800, and many of the buildings here are from the early 19th century. The visitor center has a walking...

Jamestown

Jamestown, founded in 1811, is at the eastern end of Chautauqua Lake. One of its claims to fame is that it was the childhood home of Lucille...

Garrison

Sleepy Garrison takes full advantage of its riverside setting with a rambling waterfront park where pleasure boats dock at the marina, and a...

Howes Cave

Howes Cave is such a small community that you could easily miss it as you motor down Route 7. But looks can be deceiving. The small town attracts...

Southold

Don't be tempted to simply pass through Southold on your way to its next-door neighbor, Greenport, because its wineries, restaurants, outdoor...

Old Bethpage and Farmingdale

Golf fans are quite familiar with Old Bethpage and nearby Farmingdale. Bethpage State Park has five municipal courses, including the Black Course...

Port Washington

Antiques and collectibles stores, gift shops, and old buildings line this town's Main Street, and tall ships bob in the water beyond the town...

Piermont

Piermont doesn't hide its gritty, blue-collar history. A century-old flywheel, which supplied power to factories in the village until 1983,...

Roslyn

Roslyn, at the head of Hempstead Harbor, has an attractive downtown, popular restaurants, trendy boutiques, and charming residential areas....

Rome

The Mohawk River courses through Rome, about 10 mi north of Interstate 90, and the route linking the Atlantic Ocean with the Great Lakes cuts...

Ellicottville

Holiday Valley, a popular regional ski resort, is Ellicott’s main draw. This is where Buffalo and Rochester area residents go to get in some...

Quogue

Settled in the mid-17th century, Quogue, part of the greater Westhampton area, is one of the oldest communities on Long Island. Today, thanks...

Belleayre Mountain Ski Area

Not far from some of the area's prettiest villages, including Phoenicia and Woodstock, the popular family-friendly Belleayre Mountain Ski Area...

Oyster Bay

The history of this quaint town on an inlet off Long Island Sound can be traced to 1615, when a Dutch explorer, impressed by the area's bountiful...

Bolton Landing

A community of about 2,000 year-round residents, Bolton Landing, 8 mi north of the village of Lake George, hugs the western shore of Lake...

Clayton

Clayton, which occupies a promontory jutting into the St. Lawrence River, quietly maintains its riverine heritage. Settled in 1822, it was once...

Amagansett

A small hamlet in the town of East Hampton, Amagansett offers all the charm of the Hamptons but has a somewhat more down-to earth character...

Elmira

Settled in 1788, Elmira was the site of one of the battles of the Sullivan-Clinton expedition of 1779, during which a colonial army routed American...

Great Neck

The western gateway to the North Shore of Long Island, Great Neck sits on a peninsula jutting into Long Island Sound. Ever since Dutch settlers...

Cold Spring Harbor

One of the North Shore's most enchanting towns, Cold Spring Harbor has always been valued for its location on the water. The Matinecock Indians...

Port Jefferson

The Setauket Indians, the first to live here, began selling the land to settlers in the mid-1600s. By the time of the Revolutionary War the...

Water Mill

Celebrities including Matt Lauer, Jennifer Lopez, and the Hiltons own, or have owned, homes here, and pseudo-celebs like Dinah Lohan (Lindsay...

Glens Falls

The road to Lake George begins in Glens Falls, about 10 mi south and east of Adirondack Park's formal boundary, 194 mi north of New York City...

Olean

Olean, founded in 1804, is a community of 16,000 nestled in hills formed by receding glaciers. It's home to St. Bonaventure University, two...

Salamanca

Salamanca, on the broad Allegheny River, has the distinction of being the only U.S. city on an American Indian reservation (the Allegany Indian...

Staatsburg

Midway between Rhinebeck and Hyde Park is Staatsburg, a small town surrounded by soft hills overlooking the Hudson River. The main attraction...

Newburgh

Toward the close of the Revolutionary War, George Washington kept his headquarters and residence here. Although the riverside city has lost...

Trumansburg

A few miles west of Cayuga Lake, Trumansburg is a self-contained rural outpost but also something of an Ithaca exurb. The village is known for...

Bethel

The little community of Bethel isn't much to look at, at least when you're driving past on the main road. You've got to get off the beaten path...

Amsterdam

In its heyday, this Erie Canal town bustled with mills and factories churning out manufactured goods, from carpets and curtains to carriage...

Grand Island

The low and flat Grand Island is the largest of the islands dotting the Niagara River between Buffalo and Niagara Falls. (In fact, it's larger...

Beacon

For a touch of urban grit, arty cool, and coffeehouse grunge, head to this small river city in Dutchess County's southwestern corner. Dia:Beacon...

Tupper Lake

Once a logging and transportation center, Tupper Lake is today a quiet spot with about 3,800 residents. The village sits on Raquette Pond (the...

Ticonderoga

Ticonderoga is an Iroquois term meaning "land of many waters," and Ticonderoga, 30 mi northeast of Bolton’s Landing, lives up to its name....

Crown Point

The entire area near Crown Point was once known as Ironville, though that name now belongs to a small hamlet nearby. Crown Point is a quiet...

Bemus Point

Bemus Point is the largest community on the north shore of Chautauqua Lake. Its main attractions are its waterfront and its handful of good...

Goshen

With a huge park, old trees, nice restaurants, and two side-by-side hardware stores, Goshen is the kind of walkable, slow-paced village ideal...

Darien Lakes State Park

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Hurley

Hurley, a National Historic Landmark, includes one of the largest clusters of stone houses in the United States. The 24 Hurley Stone Houses...

Canajoharie

Canajoharie is on Route 5S, on the south bank of the Mohawk River. Founded in 1730, the village is now home to a large Beech-Nut food-processing...

Ausable Chasm

Thanks, to the impressive carving abilities of the Ausable River, which cut through deep layers of sandstone, Ausable Chasm has a trio of treasures...

Lockport

The city of Lockport has five sets of operating locks along the Erie Canal. The busy lock system still operates in much the same manner as it...

Allegany State Park

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Old Westbury

The community of Westbury dates to 1657, when Captain John Seamann purchased 12,000 acres from the local Algonquin tribe. Later, in 1700, Quakers...

John Boyd Thacher State Park

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Sharon Springs

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Glen Cove

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Callicoon

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Stony Brook

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Orient

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Delhi

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Monroe

Although it's largely residential, Monroe blends industrial grit and old-fashioned living: it's the birthplace of Velveeta as well as home to...

Roxbury

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North Salem

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Freeport

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Liberty

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Mount Tremper

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Stamford

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Richfield Springs

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Haines Falls

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Prattsville

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Yonkers

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Roscoe

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Round Top

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Monticello

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Niagara-on-the-Lake

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New York City

From Wall Street's skyscrapers to the neon of Times Square to Central Park's leafy paths, New York City pulses with an irrepressible energy...

Rochester

First known as the Flour City in the early 1800s, for the mills that were powered by the Genesee River, Rochester became the Flower City when...

Saratoga Springs

Mineral-water springs first brought American Indians and, later, American settlers to this area just south of the Adirondack foothills. Gideon...

Montauk

Twelve long miles of windswept road—the Napeague Stretch—flanked by pristine, often desolate parkland and dotted with several clam bar-restaurants...

Buffalo

Snow, the Buffalo Bills, and the gateway to Niagara Falls are just some of the things that come to mind when most people think of Buffalo. While...

Albany

Since 1797 Albany has served as the capital of the state. You could say that the city, thanks to its role in state politics and to its location...

Southampton

Southampton is a village steeped in rich history blended with contemporary affluence. Unspoiled area beaches framed by sparkling Atlantic waters...

Syracuse

At the southern tip of Onondaga Lake, Syracuse is considered the geographic center of the state. The Syracuse area is the ancestral home of...

Niagara Falls

20 mi north of Buffalo, 80 mi south of Toronto, 90 mi west of Rochester. Niagara Falls has inspired artists for centuries. English painter...

Fire Island

With the Atlantic Ocean to its south and the Great South Bay to its north, Fire Island is a 32-mile-long narrow stretch of pristine barrier...

Rhinebeck

At heart, Rhinebeck is a historic village with a dose of city sophistication. The influence of earlier times is present in the Victorian, Greek...

Woodstock

Because it lent its name to the 1969 Woodstock Music Festival—which was actually held in Bethel, in the southwestern region of the Catskills...

New Paltz

A vibrant cultural scene, a magnificent natural setting, and abundant outdoor activities are among the draws of this small college town, home...

Sag Harbor

If you're familiar with the Hamptons’ upscale vibe, you'll soon realize that, though it's in the Hamptons, Sag Harbor is not quite as "Hampton...

Cooperstown

The village was founded in 1786 by William Cooper on the southern shore of Otsego Lake, also known as Lake Glimmerglass. William was the father...

Hudson

Rising from decades of decay and decrepitude, Hudson has, over the past few years, finally arrived as a bona fide weekend destination for a...

Lake Placid

The village of Lake Placid isn't on Lake Placid; it's on the shore of Mirror Lake, one of the most beautiful of the Adirondack lakes. The village...

Canandaigua

Long a favorite vacation destination for Rochester residents, this small city (population about 11,200) sits at the north end of 16-mi-long...

Ithaca

Home to both Cornell University and Ithaca College, eclectic Ithaca is the multicultural and intellectual capital of the central Finger Lakes...

East Hampton

Graced with ancient elm trees, majestic gray-shingled homes, and historic windmills, the village of East Hampton has evolved into a busy and...

Millbrook

For many, this Dutchess County village midway between the Hudson River and Connecticut is just the right blend of town and country. Historic...

Shelter Island

Between Long Island's North and South forks, this 11½-square-mile island offers at least a partial escape from the summer traffic-and-crowd...

Greenport

A fleet of commercial fishing boats still operates out of this down-to-earth, working-class village, but shops, restaurants, and hotels have...

Riverhead

This is the gateway to Long Island's wine country, with the Peconic River and Great Peconic Bay bordering the town on the south and Long Island...

Kingston

Kingston has come a long way since its role as the state's first capital way back in 1777; while the historic Stockade District (also known...

Cold Spring

The well-preserved 19th-century village edges one of the most dramatic bends of the Hudson River, and its true showpiece may well be the breath...

Tarrytown

On the east bank of the Hudson River, Tarrytown has a bustling downtown with a rich artistic history. Filled with boutiques, antiques shops...

Phoenicia

A strollable main street makes Phoenicia a pleasure to discover. There are plenty of shops, including a couple of kooky ones, and some surprisingly...

Cutchogue

Driving east through wine country, you’ll come across this quaint village with white, steepled churches and a small collection of old-fashioned...

Hunter

Nestled in the shadow of Hunter Mountain, the second-highest mountain in the Catskills, the village of Hunter is all about the slopes. On winter...

Nyack

Although only a 35-minute car ride from Manhattan, the Hudson River village of Nyack retains a small-town charm. Elegant mansions and Victorian...

Schenectady

Founded by Dutch traders in 1661, Schenectady is one of the oldest cities in the country. Both General Electric Co. and the now-defunct American...

Lake George

The village of Lake George, in the Adirondack foothills, sits at the southern end of the lake of the same name. It's a family-focused tourist...

Saranac Lake

The village of Saranac Lake sits on small Flower Lake; the three lakes that go by the name Saranac—Lower Saranac, Middle Saranac, and Upper...

Long Beach

Long Beach is a city on the rise since Hurricane Sandy ravaged its shores and parts of its lively downtown in October 2012. Since then the city...

Westhampton Beach

So many seasonal visitors have fallen in love with Westhampton that it has become one of the fastest-growing year-round communities on eastern...

Poughkeepsie

Thanks to the opening of the Walkway-Over-the-Hudson National Park and a devoted group of talented chefs, this once prosperous city is experiencing...

Troy

At the juncture of the Hudson River and the Erie Canal and just a few miles north of Albany, Troy was an important commercial city in the early...

Windham

Once a private club that attracted prominent politicians and business leaders, the Windham ski resort retains a somewhat exclusive air. Professionals...

Seneca Falls

Seneca Falls is a classic. The former mill town has wide streets lined with century-old homes, 19th-century storefronts, and a sprinkling of...

Garden City

In 1869, the "Merchant Prince of Broadway," Alexander T. Stewart, put his considerable talents, creativity, and wealth into the creation of...

Naples

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Utica

Utica, near the exact geographic center of New York State, has been a magnet for immigrants since Erie Canal days. Thousands of Irish workers...

Bridgehampton

The beautiful beaches are just part of the attraction at this quiet, classy Hamptons community. Elegant Bridgehampton has antiques shops, art...

Auburn

Around 28,000 people live in Auburn, an urban outpost in rural Cayuga County. Despite a somewhat shabby downtown, the city has a number of beautiful...

Hammondsport

Hammondsport, a small village nestled between soft hills at the southern end of Keuka Lake, is close to a number of quality wineries and an...

Geneva

In the Seneca Lake city of Geneva (population 13,000), wonderful examples of Federal, Victorian Gothic, and Jeffersonian architecture, among...

Aurora

Stretching nearly a mile along the east shore of Cayuga Lake, Aurora has long been one of the prettiest 19th-century villages in upstate New...

Hyde Park

Home to both the Franklin D. Roosevelt Historic National Site (which includes the president’s boyhood home, presidential library, and grave...

Chautauqua and Mayville

The 856-acre village of Chautauqua, bordering Chautauqua Lake, is something of a Mayberry, with Victorian homes lining its narrow, hodgepodge...

North Creek and Gore Mountain

Nestled between the mountains and the Hudson River gorge, the village of North Creek makes a good base for a variety of outdoor activities....

Skaneateles

On a former stagecoach route, Skaneateles—officially pronounced skanny-atlas (though you’ll hear skinny-atlas from locals, too)—presides over...

Narrowsburg

This adorable hamlet sits high above the Delaware River. The river is unusually wide here, making this a prime spot for spotting bald eagles...

Annandale-on-Hudson and Tivoli

Annandale-on-Hudson is home to the beautiful Bard College campus and its famous Fisher Center for the Performing Arts. If you travel north to...

Old Forge and Eagle Bay

Located in the southwest corner of Adirondack Park, the village of Old Forge sits at the west end of the Fulton Chain of Lakes. In years past...

Kinderhook

One of Kinderhook's most notable residents was Martin Van Buren, eighth president of the United States. You can retrace the steps of early American...

Livingstone Manor

This little hamlet is tucked away in a wedge of land where two creeks—the broad Willowemoc and the narrower Little Beaverkill—come together...

Fredonia and Dunkirk

Dunkirk, one of the few harbors along the east coast of Lake Erie, was named after Dunkerque in northern France, and in 1851 became the terminus...

Penn Yan

The small village, which incorporated in 1833 and took its name from its early Pennsylvania and Yankee residents, is at the north end of Keuka...

East Aurora

East Aurora has earned the nickname Toy Town, U.S.A. because of the many toy companies that have been based in this tiny town over the years...

Alexandria Bay

The vacation center and heart of the Thousand Islands area, Alexandria Bay sits at the edge of the St. Lawrence River. In the late 1800s the...

Red Hook

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High Falls

The tiny hamlet of High Falls is a weekender's delight where cool shops, old buildings, excellent restaurants, and cozy places to stay nestle...

Bay Shore

About 40 miles east of New York City, Bay Shore is close to Robert Moses State Park, and Fire Island is just a short ferry ride across the Great...

Oneida

This small city off Route 5 and the thruway was settled in 1834. It's home to the Mansion House estate, where the former Oneida Community, a...

Corning

One of the world's glass centers, Corning has an appropriate nickname: Crystal City. The Corning Museum of Glass, housing the world’s largest...

Sayville

Sayville is small-town, main street charm at its best. Once a major exporter of pine to New York City and oyster capital of the United States...

Katonah

The core of this charming village is made up of several gingerbread Victorian homes and a downtown shopping district populated with upscale...

Herkimer

The village, on the north bank of the Mohawk River, takes its name from a Revolutionary War general whose home, now a state historic site, was...

Northport

The Matinecock Indians were the first inhabitants of what is now one of the North Shore's oldest and most charming villages. Originally known...

Saugerties

Once a thriving industrial riverfront town, Saugerties went through a slump but now is a vibrant place with a grand new hotel and lively restaurants...

West Point and Storm King

Though very different in purpose—one site is dedicated to military education and the other to celebrating art and nature—West Point and Storm...

Watkins Glen

Watkins Glen State Park, one of the state's premier natural wonders, is one reason to visit this small village (population 2,500). On the south...

Wilmington

Wilmington is home to Whiteface Mountain ski area, where the alpine events of the 1980 Winter Olympics were held. ...

Westfield

As the home of a Welch's plant, Westfield calls itself the grape-juice capital of the world. Several wineries are nearby, off U.S. 20. Antiques...

Howes Cave

Howes Cave is such a small community that you could easily miss it as you motor down Route 7. But looks can be deceiving. The small town attracts...

Huntington

The township of greater Huntington embraces five navigable harbors, several beaches on the gentle waters of Long Island Sound, and 17 communities...

Southold

Don't be tempted to simply pass through Southold on your way to its next-door neighbor, Greenport, because its wineries, restaurants, outdoor...

Blue Mountain Lake

At the edge of Blue Mountain Lake, this hamlet is home to only a few hundred people. Outdoors lovers come to the area, the geographic heart...

Jamestown

Jamestown, founded in 1811, is at the eastern end of Chautauqua Lake. One of its claims to fame is that it was the childhood home of Lucille...

Garrison

Sleepy Garrison takes full advantage of its riverside setting with a rambling waterfront park where pleasure boats dock at the marina, and a...

Sackets Harbor

This Lake Ontario village was settled in 1800, and many of the buildings here are from the early 19th century. The visitor center has a walking...

Rome

The Mohawk River courses through Rome, about 10 mi north of Interstate 90, and the route linking the Atlantic Ocean with the Great Lakes cuts...

Roslyn

Roslyn, at the head of Hempstead Harbor, has an attractive downtown, popular restaurants, trendy boutiques, and charming residential areas....

Piermont

Piermont doesn't hide its gritty, blue-collar history. A century-old flywheel, which supplied power to factories in the village until 1983,...

Old Bethpage and Farmingdale

Golf fans are quite familiar with Old Bethpage and nearby Farmingdale. Bethpage State Park has five municipal courses, including the Black Course...

Port Washington

Antiques and collectibles stores, gift shops, and old buildings line this town's Main Street, and tall ships bob in the water beyond the town...

Clayton

Clayton, which occupies a promontory jutting into the St. Lawrence River, quietly maintains its riverine heritage. Settled in 1822, it was once...

Bolton Landing

A community of about 2,000 year-round residents, Bolton Landing, 8 mi north of the village of Lake George, hugs the western shore of Lake...

Oyster Bay

The history of this quaint town on an inlet off Long Island Sound can be traced to 1615, when a Dutch explorer, impressed by the area's bountiful...

Ellicottville

Holiday Valley, a popular regional ski resort, is Ellicott’s main draw. This is where Buffalo and Rochester area residents go to get in some...

Amagansett

A small hamlet in the town of East Hampton, Amagansett offers all the charm of the Hamptons but has a somewhat more down-to earth character...

Elmira

Settled in 1788, Elmira was the site of one of the battles of the Sullivan-Clinton expedition of 1779, during which a colonial army routed American...

Belleayre Mountain Ski Area

Not far from some of the area's prettiest villages, including Phoenicia and Woodstock, the popular family-friendly Belleayre Mountain Ski Area...

Quogue

Settled in the mid-17th century, Quogue, part of the greater Westhampton area, is one of the oldest communities on Long Island. Today, thanks...

Port Jefferson

The Setauket Indians, the first to live here, began selling the land to settlers in the mid-1600s. By the time of the Revolutionary War the...

Water Mill

Celebrities including Matt Lauer, Jennifer Lopez, and the Hiltons own, or have owned, homes here, and pseudo-celebs like Dinah Lohan (Lindsay...

Cold Spring Harbor

One of the North Shore's most enchanting towns, Cold Spring Harbor has always been valued for its location on the water. The Matinecock Indians...

Great Neck

The western gateway to the North Shore of Long Island, Great Neck sits on a peninsula jutting into Long Island Sound. Ever since Dutch settlers...

Staatsburg

Midway between Rhinebeck and Hyde Park is Staatsburg, a small town surrounded by soft hills overlooking the Hudson River. The main attraction...

Trumansburg

A few miles west of Cayuga Lake, Trumansburg is a self-contained rural outpost but also something of an Ithaca exurb. The village is known for...

Salamanca

Salamanca, on the broad Allegheny River, has the distinction of being the only U.S. city on an American Indian reservation (the Allegany Indian...

Olean

Olean, founded in 1804, is a community of 16,000 nestled in hills formed by receding glaciers. It's home to St. Bonaventure University, two...

Glens Falls

The road to Lake George begins in Glens Falls, about 10 mi south and east of Adirondack Park's formal boundary, 194 mi north of New York City...

Newburgh

Toward the close of the Revolutionary War, George Washington kept his headquarters and residence here. Although the riverside city has lost...

Beacon

For a touch of urban grit, arty cool, and coffeehouse grunge, head to this small river city in Dutchess County's southwestern corner. Dia:Beacon...

Amsterdam

In its heyday, this Erie Canal town bustled with mills and factories churning out manufactured goods, from carpets and curtains to carriage...

Tupper Lake

Once a logging and transportation center, Tupper Lake is today a quiet spot with about 3,800 residents. The village sits on Raquette Pond (the...

Ticonderoga

Ticonderoga is an Iroquois term meaning "land of many waters," and Ticonderoga, 30 mi northeast of Bolton’s Landing, lives up to its name....

Crown Point

The entire area near Crown Point was once known as Ironville, though that name now belongs to a small hamlet nearby. Crown Point is a quiet...

Grand Island

The low and flat Grand Island is the largest of the islands dotting the Niagara River between Buffalo and Niagara Falls. (In fact, it's larger...

Bethel

The little community of Bethel isn't much to look at, at least when you're driving past on the main road. You've got to get off the beaten path...

Bemus Point

Bemus Point is the largest community on the north shore of Chautauqua Lake. Its main attractions are its waterfront and its handful of good...

Goshen

With a huge park, old trees, nice restaurants, and two side-by-side hardware stores, Goshen is the kind of walkable, slow-paced village ideal...

Canajoharie

Canajoharie is on Route 5S, on the south bank of the Mohawk River. Founded in 1730, the village is now home to a large Beech-Nut food-processing...

Ausable Chasm

Thanks, to the impressive carving abilities of the Ausable River, which cut through deep layers of sandstone, Ausable Chasm has a trio of treasures...

Lockport

The city of Lockport has five sets of operating locks along the Erie Canal. The busy lock system still operates in much the same manner as it...

Hurley

Hurley, a National Historic Landmark, includes one of the largest clusters of stone houses in the United States. The 24 Hurley Stone Houses...

Old Westbury

The community of Westbury dates to 1657, when Captain John Seamann purchased 12,000 acres from the local Algonquin tribe. Later, in 1700, Quakers...

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Orient

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Monroe

Although it's largely residential, Monroe blends industrial grit and old-fashioned living: it's the birthplace of Velveeta as well as home to...

Richfield Springs

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Monticello

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Long Island

Long Island's South Shore and North Shore offer vastly different scenery. The coastline of the South Shore beckons with its powdery white sands...

Hudson Valley

A welcome escape from the chaos and traffic of New York City, the Hudson Valley calls to visitors who are eager to relish the natural beauty...

The Finger Lakes

The Finger Lakes stretch like narrow north–south slashes across western central New York. Their names evoke the tribes of the Iroquois Confederacy...

Albany and Central New York

Two of New York’s most striking areas—the capital region and the Leatherstocking region—share a common history but have somehow managed to become...

The Adirondacks and Thousand Islands

Upstate New York may be America's best-kept secret," wrote George Meegan, an Englishman who made a seven-year, 19,000-mi trek (ending in 1983...

Niagara Falls and Western New York

As any local will tell you, this is western New York, not “upstate,” which suggests a closeness to New York City—and this pastoral parcel of...

The Catskills

The Catskills Mountains are suddenly one of the hottest destinations in Upstate New York. Over the past several years, these pine-covered mountains...

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