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Niagara Falls State Park - Photo Courtesy of Beautiful Destinations

There's no denying that waterfalls are some of the most spectacular (and Instagram-worthy) of Mother Nature's creations. Upstate New York, thanks to tens of thousands of years of shifting plates and erosion (and occasionally human engineering), is home to some incredibly stunning falls. Here's just a few of the gorgeous waterfalls you'll want to snap a selfie in front of this fall.

Letchworth State Park

What activity will get your heart rate up while offering stunning views and tranquil moments to whisk you away from life's daily pressures? Winter hiking in New York! Sure, you need to be prepared (here are helpful tips from the Department of Environmental Conservation), but once you're hiking one of New York's many scenic trails in winter, you'll experience the state's beauty in new and inspiring ways while getting in some outdoor exercise. Here's our round-up of 10 of the best winter hikes in New York State:

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!

Bristol Mountain Ski Center - Photo by NYS ESD

Begin 2020 by diving into new sights, sounds, tastes, and experiences! Whether you are going to see a two-for-one musical on Broadway, sample wings in Poughkeepsie, learn to ski or snowboard on one of the many ski mountains across the state, or take the plunge into icy Lake George, New York State is full of January happenings! Don’t let the cold keep you in, check out these New York must-dos! 

The Sagamore Resort, Fall

Are you dreaming of the perfect vacation? Make your dreams a reality and book your 2020 New York State getaway now before it’s too late! Booking in advance ensures your spot is reserved and can even help you save money. With unforgettable lakeside views, exciting new attractions, and thrilling adventures get ready for a truly unique New York experience in 2020. …

Santa's Workshop - Photo Courtesy of Santa's Workshop

Thoughts unavoidably turn to the North Pole this time of year, and the lesser-known North Pole sits in the shadow of Whiteface Mountain in New York's Adirondack Park. It's a real town (hamlet, actually, in the town of Wilmington) in the state's northeast corner, just about 12 miles from Lake Placid. Appropriately, it's home to Santa's Workshop, believed to be the nation's oldest theme park.

Times Square at night from street level

Have you always wanted to “go big” for New Year’s Eve in New York? With a dizzying array of celebrations going on throughout New York State, this year you can! From jaw-dropping fireworks displays to impressive musical acts to family-friendly festivities, plan an unforgettable experience as you count down on New Year’s Eve in New York! 

Niagara Falls State Park - Photo Courtesy of Beautiful Destinations

It's a new decade—which means that it's time to start making new memories in New York! 2020 is the year to swoop over Niagara Falls in a helicopter, go fly fishing in the birthplace of the sport, bring the kids to experience the most exciting new theme park in the US, and so much more! Read on to explore 20 New York attractions that you'll want to add to your personal bucket list and start planning your 2020 travels today. (Note: The I LOVE NY Build Your Own Bucket List Sweepstakes concluded on December 20, 2019.)