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New York Scenic Vistas

These views will amaze

New York State's top views look good from any angle. See them from roadways or from the air, from tour bus or motorcycle, hiking path or canoe, gondola or zip line.

Hikes

Prospect Mountain above Lake George Village reveals spectacular views, and West Point's Trophy Point is ideal for highland vistas. Waterfalls and high peaks await in the Catskill Forest Preserve, while autumn colors dazzle along the 17-mile gorge at Letchworth State Park. The daring can come nose-to-nose with the falls at Niagara Falls State Park, or tackle a piece of the Appalachian Trail. And the scenery from New York's highest summit, Mt. Marcy, is nothing short of amazing.

Adirondack Scenic Railroad in ThendaraRail

Board a Fall Foliage Train at Utica's historic Union Station as the  Adirondack Scenic Railroad takes you through remote forests, sparkling rivers, and into the magnificent beauty of the vast Adirondack Park. Or round up the kids for the Cooperstown & Charlotte Valley Railroad's Pumpkin Patch Train.

High points

Climb the Saratoga Monument's nearly 190 stairs to its 154-foot peak and see the Adirondack Mountains to the north, the Taconic Mountains to the east, and the rolling Helderberg Mountains to the south. At the state's easternmost point, Montauk Lighthouse points to westward horizons. On Lake Erie, the Dunkirk Lighthouse still guides wayfarers to its historic 61-foot tower. At the mouth of the St. Lawrence River, Tibbits Lighthouse provides long views of the river and Lake Ontario.

Waters

Take in stunning views of New York harbor, the Statue of Liberty and Manhattan skyline aboard the Staten Island Ferry. North of Ithaca, view New York's highest waterfall at Taughannock Falls OverlookChittenango Falls is a dizzying 167-foot tower of water plummeting into a gorge.

Drives

Without leaving your car, you can soak in some of the state's most breathtaking vistas. Try a Scenic Byway along the Erie Canal's Mohawk TowpathCayuga Lake's countless vineyards, or the Upper Delaware's quaint villages. Or take the Palisades Parkway to Bear Mountain State Park's rugged mountains.

Fall festival at Gore Mountain. Gondola RideAir adventures

Gore Mountain and Whiteface each offer soaring gondola sky rides, or strap on a Hunter Mountain Zipline Adventure Tour and rocket through the forest canopy at heights of 600 feet on the longest zipline ride in North America. Get even higher on a sailplane soar at Harris Hill Soaring Center.

City sights

In NYC, climb the Empire State Building for a top-down look at the Big Apple, walk the Brooklyn Bridge between Manhattan and Brooklyn and soak in some history with the views, or climb 70 stories to the Top of the Rock Observation Deck at Rockefeller Center.

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ADIRONDACK

Adirondack Scenic Railroad
Gore Mountain
Lake George Village
Lake Placid Hiking Trails
Mt. Marcy
Prospect Mountain
Whiteface Mountain
Whiteface Mountain Highway

CAPITAL-SARATOGA

Corning Tower at the Empire State Plaza 
Grafton Lakes State Park
John Boyd Thatcher State Park
Mohawk Towpath Scenic Byway
Saratoga Monument
Saratoga National Historical Park

CATSKILLS

Appalachian Trail
Bear Mountain State Park
Catskill Forest Preserve
Hunter Mountain
Kaaterskill Falls 
Mount Utsayantha
Plattekill Mountain 
Point Lookout 
Sam's Point Dwarf Pine Ridge Preserve
Upper Delaware Scenic Byway        

CENTRAL NEW YORK

Auriesville Shrine     
Chittenango Falls
Clark Reservation
Cooperstown & Charlotte Valley Railroad
Schoharie Crossing State Historic Site 
Round Top picnic area 
Route 20 Scenic Byway     
Torture Hill 
Vroman's Nose

CHAUTAUQUA-ALLEGHENY

Allegany State Park
Erlandson Overview Park
Greek Peak Adventure Center 
Luensman Overview Park
Rock City Park 

FINGER LAKES

Bristol Mountain
Cayuga Lake Scenic Byway    
Chimney Bluffs State Park
Fillmore Glen State Park
Glenn Curtiss Museum
Harris Hill Soaring Center    
Hill Cumorah
Ontario County Park
Liberty Balloon Company     
Tanglewood Nature Center
Taughannock Falls Overlook     
Watkins Glen State Park

GREATER NIAGARA

Devil's Hole State Park
Dunkirk Lighthouse
Letchworth State Park
Niagara Falls State Park 
Orleans County Marine Park
Rainbow Bridge at Niagara Falls   
Whirlpool State Park

HUDSON VALLEY

Bear Mountain State Park
Clermont State Historic Site
DeLaVergne Hill     
Elks-Brox Park Overlook
Harvey Mountain State Forest
Minnewaska State Park
Olana State Historic Site 
Salinger's Orchard    
Sky Top Tower at Lake Mohonk 
Trophy Point 
Vanderbilt Mansion National Historic Site
West Point Overlook 
West Point's Trophy Point   

LONG ISLAND

Cold Spring Harbor 
Montauk Lighthouse
Planting Fields Arboretum 
Sand Point Preserve 
Welwyn Preserve

NEW YORK CITY

Brooklyn Bridge
Central Park
City Island
Empire State Building
Staten Island Ferry
Top of the Rock Observation Deck at Rockefeller Center  

THOUSAND ISLANDS

Great Lakes Seaway Trail
Henderson Scenic Overlook
Salmon River Falls
Thompson Park 
Thousand Islands International Bridge 
Tibbits Lighthouse  

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