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Niagara Falls State Park

New York is dotted with waterfalls that are lovely (and highly Insta-worthy) any time of year. But there’s something extra special about these natural wonders in winter. The frozen water and mist look truly spectacular—​even with #nofilter—​and there are fewer folks competing with you for the perfect shot. Here are just a few of New York’s most picturesque waterfalls that will be putting on quite a show for the next few months. Now get out there and start taking your own pics—​and don’t forget to share your shots with us using #iSpyNY and #NYLovesWinter!

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Winter holidays mean hanging out, watching games on TV, eating big meals—all fantastic options. But sometimes after all the lounging you’re needing a new adventure. The good news is New York State offers a wide range of affordable wintertime escapes. Read on for amazing trips to give you plenty of memories for the family scrapbook (or Instagram feed). 

Empire State Plaza Holiday Tree Lighting

Nevermind the chilly weather, December is filled with enough cheer to keep you feeling warm. All over the state, New York whips up their jolliest, most festive ways of enjoying the holidays. Read on to find out where to meet Santa, how to celebrate Christmas traditions of yore, and which new experiences to try for your most memorable holiday season yet!

Ski Windham

Ski season is here! Just a stone's throw from New York City, you'll find mountains that offer winter fun for every age group and every skill level. Whether you're looking for a quick day-trip or a weekend-long getaway, these ski areas near NYC will make winter getaways easy, fun, and carefree for the whole family. 

Lake Placid - Whiteface Mountain

It’s the most wonderful time of the year, especially in New York State. Every winter, New York turns into one big wonderland. We have more ski resorts than any other state, brilliant museums for adults and children who want to warm up indoors, incredible cold-weather wildlife, and endless ways to stay moving all season long. Check out our ultimate New York bucket list of items to have the most exciting, memorable winter yet!

Snowmobiling at Allegany State Park

While you may be familiar with other regions we’ve written about in this series like the Adirondacks, the Catskills, and the Finger Lakes, there’s a chance you’ll be a pioneer among your friends as you explore the westernmost region of New York. You’re in the right spot, because we are revealing some of the region’s best secrets. In fact, the name Chautauqua is actually a secret itself. It’s said to be from the long-forgotten Erie language of the Erie Iroquoian people, but no one alive today knows what it means—or if they do, they’re better at keeping secrets than we are.