The Statue of Liberty is one of America’s most recognizable symbols and certainly New York’s most prominent attraction. No trip to the state is complete without seeing the statue. There are good views of the statue from Battery Park, but for a close up experience visitors will want to take a ferry over to the Liberty Island.
Niagara Falls is one of the natural wonders of North America, drawing millions of visitors each year. There are many interesting ways to see the falls, from walkways above the falls to sightseeing boats that take visitors right to the base. The falls are located along the Canada-USA border, with great viewing opportunities from both sides.
According to Iroquois legend, the long, narrow lakes in the landscape west of Syracuse were formed by the impression of the fingers of the Great Spirit. The numerous lakes which make up the Finger Lakes region offer a range of outdoor opportunities in a visually stunning landscape. There are several towns and resorts around the lakes, most of which are particularly busy during the summer months. Some interesting ways to discovered the area are on the Cayuga Trail, the Seneca Lake Trail, and the Keuka Trail.
Official site: http://www.fingerlakes.org/
The world famous winter sports resort of Lake Placid, at the foot of Whiteface Mountain, has twice hosted the Winter Olympics (1932, 1980). Today the town is a major tourist center, located in beautiful natural surroundings with lakes and hills. While it is perhaps best known internationally for its winter recreation, particularly skiing, the town is a very popular summer destination as well. All kinds of unique shops and restaurants line the main tourist strip through town. In addition to the actual body of water known as Lake Placid, there is also the incredibly scenic Mirror Lake, which is a centerpiece of the town.
Official site: http://www.lakeplacid.com/
The town of Lake George is located at the southern end of a 32 mile long lake of the same name. The town is a major tourist destination in the summer and the lake itself is the main attraction. Many of the islands on the lake have been developed for camping. Million Dollar Beach, on Beach Road, provides swimming, picnic facilities, and volleyball courts. Sightseeing cruises are also a fun way to see the lake. Prospect Mountain offers a high scenic point for a view out over the lake and surroundings. Historical points of interest around Lake George include Lake George Battlefield Park and the Fort William Henry Museum.
Official site: http://www.lakegeorge.com/
Watkins Glen is located at the southern tip of Seneca Lake. It is popular in the summer for auto racing and is noted for the many salt wells, that made it one of the state’s major salt producers. The scenic Watkins Glen State Park has rock formations and 18 waterfalls. Cliffs rise as much as 300 feet above the stream and a bridge rises 165 above the water.
They are located along a granite shelf extending from the Canadian Shield to the Adirondack Mountains in the United States. The boundary actually runs between the islands. It is an area of great scenic beauty. A cruise in this maze of islands is highly recommended. Operating between mid-May and mid-October, the tours show ever-changing vistas and include glimpses of holiday homes that range from the plainest of log cabins to the most luxurious of summer villas.
The Adirondacks are scenic range of forest covered hills in northern New York state, with numerous lakes and recreational opportunities. The hills are part of the Canadian Shield, and reach a height of over 5000 ft. The highest peak is Mount Marcy at 5345 ft. The Adirondacks are a favorite holiday destination for New Yorkers. People come here to enjoy hiking, canoe on the extensive waterways, and relax at lakeside cottages and resorts. This is a beautiful area in the fall with an incredible display of autumn colors.