TOP 5 NATIONAL & STATE PARKS IN NEW YORK
Hello and welcome to New York. If you’re searching for major cities with a lot going on, this is the place to go. But if you’re looking for something a little more peaceful and quieter, with rocky canyons, high mountains, glittering lakes, and thunderous falls, you’ll be glad you came.
1- BEAR MOUNTAIN STATE PARK
First one in our list comes with its breathtaking scenery! Bear Mountain State Park, with its craggy peaks and forest emerging from the Hudson River’s west bank, offers breathtaking views as well as a variety of recreational activities. Picnic spots, fishing opportunities, a swimming pool, museums, and a zoo make it a family-friendly destination. There are also several trekking, bicycling, and cross-country ski routes. Bring the kids along for a picnic, bike ride, or walk in the Hudson Highlands. They’ll be eternally grateful to you for bringing them to the park’s Merry-Go-Round and Trailside Museums & Zoo.
2- NIAGARA FALLS STATE PARK
Old but gold! For years, millions of people have visited America’s oldest state park. Touristic spots at Niagara Falls State Park include the Niagara Gorge Discovery Center, the Aquarium of Niagara, and the Cave of the Winds. Especially Hurricane Deck lets visitors to experience the strength of the falls up close, allowing them to feel the cascades through their heart and get a bit wet in the meantime.
3- LETCHWORTH STATE PARK
“Grand Canyon of the East”. Letchworth State Park is one of the most beautiful parks in New York. It is located 35 miles southwest of Rochester and has three large waterfalls surrounded by beautiful trees and rocks exceeding 600 feet in height. Hike along the 66 miles of trails, cool down in the lakes, go rafting, kayaking, or ride in a hot air balloon. There are numerous ways to appreciate this magnificent treasure.
4- BUTTERMILK STATE PARK
This picturesque park, which takes its name from the foamy waterfall made by Buttermilk Creek as it runs down the steep valley side into Cayuga Lake, has a small lake, trekking routes through forests, picnic spaces, and playing fields. It’s simple to go to this state park from Ithaca and finish your journey with a delicious lunch and a local craft brew after a day spent outdoors. Alternatively, if you want to make a weekend vacation out of your visit, you may stay at the lower park campground at a tent or cabin.
5- HUDSON RIVER VALLEY
Planning a city break? This place is perfect for you. This stunningly beautiful area runs 150 miles along the legendary Hudson River from Albany to New York City. It is technically a National Heritage Area, not a park. Apart from the recreational activities you can do here, you may want to make a historical journey. The area’s historic importance may be seen in the form of restored Victorian palaces and institutions such as the Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum. Among the area’s ten districts, you’ll also discover wonderful agricultural restaurants, farmers markets, and dynamic cultural scenery.