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Exploring the Enchanting Big Apple: A Guide to the Prettiest Places in Upstate NY

Updated: Aug 11, 2023

Take a day trip out of the city and up to the prettiest places in Upstate NY.


Welcome to the captivating realm of Upstate New York, where nature's splendor and history's whispers intertwine to create a mesmerizing tapestry of destinations that will leave you awe-struck. Uncover the tales of its past, gather essential tips for your journey, and discover the prime photo spots that will make your Instagram feed envy-worthy.


Editor's Note: This post was originally published in June 2021 and has been updated for accuracy and comprehensiveness.


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1. Thousand Islands

📸: Boldt Castle


The Thousand Islands region is a jewel of the St. Lawrence River, famed for its emerald isles, opulent mansions, and the romantic Boldt Castle. Boldt Castle's ornate architecture offers regal photo ops, and the panoramic views from Skydeck Tower are a photographer's delight.


2. Lake Placid

📸: Mirror Lake


Lake Placid, host to two Winter Olympic Games, is a testament to the region's sporting legacy. Its tranquil waters and majestic Adirondack Mountains provide the perfect backdrop for a peaceful getaway. Explore Mirror Lake via a serene kayak ride or stroll along the charming Main Street with its quaint shops and eateries.


📸: Rainbow Falls


Watkins Glen State Park is a masterpiece carved by water and time. Capture the ethereal beauty of Rainbow Falls, and embrace the whimsical charm of Cavern Cascade. The Spiral Tunnel is a favorite for mesmerizing shots.


4. The Catskills

📸: Kaaterskill Falls


The Catskills have been a refuge for artists, writers, and nature lovers for centuries. Its lush forests, tranquil lakes, and charming towns have inspired countless stories. Kaaterskill Falls offers stunning cascades for photos, and the Catskill Mountain Railroad provides a vintage backdrop for snapshots.


5. Niagara Falls

📸: Niagara Falls


Niagara Falls has been captivating hearts for centuries. You could get on the water on both the US and Canada side, but evening illumination of the falls is a must-see spectacle.


The prettiest places in Upstate NY weave a tale of natural grandeur and historical significance that captivates all who venture there. With these destinations as your guide, embark on a journey of enchantment and discovery that will surely leave an indelible mark on your heart and camera roll!


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