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.
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.
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.
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.
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 Overlook. Chittenango Falls is a dizzying 167-foot tower of water plummeting into a gorge.
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 Towpath, Cayuga Lake's countless vineyards, or the Upper Delaware's quaint villages. Or take the Palisades Parkway to Bear Mountain State Park's rugged mountains.
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.
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.
Bear Mountain State Park
Catskill Forest Preserve
Sam's Point Dwarf Pine Ridge Preserve
Upper Delaware Scenic Byway
Cooperstown & Charlotte Valley Railroad
Schoharie Crossing State Historic Site
Round Top picnic area
Route 20 Scenic Byway
Cayuga Lake Scenic Byway
Chimney Bluffs State Park
Fillmore Glen State Park
Glenn Curtiss Museum
Harris Hill Soaring Center
Ontario County Park
Liberty Balloon Company
Tanglewood Nature Center
Taughannock Falls Overlook
Watkins Glen State Park
Bear Mountain State Park
Clermont State Historic Site
Elks-Brox Park Overlook
Harvey Mountain State Forest
Minnewaska State Park
Olana State Historic Site
Sky Top Tower at Lake Mohonk
Vanderbilt Mansion National Historic Site
West Point Overlook
West Point's Trophy Point