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Posts from January 2020

Buffalo and Erie County Naval and Military Park

Meet Buffalo, New York’s second-largest city—home to world-famous food, a legendary minor league baseball team, and tons of fun things for the whole family to do. Niagara Falls is just a short drive away, but it doesn’t have to steal the spotlight! Buffalo is bursting with places to eat, explore, stroll, and even dig for treasures. Read on to see why your kids (and you) will fall in love.

Saranac Lake Winter Carnival Ice Castle

Whether you’re waiting for the snow to melt or busy seeking out new adventures, there’s plenty to do this February in New York State! Join in the festive atmosphere at one of the many winter carnivals or celebrate the 40th anniversary of the 1980 Winter Olympics in Lake Placid. Warm up with a cup of chowder in Saratoga, tantalize your senses at Buffalo’s Botanical Gardens, or dance the day away at a musical performance. February is the shortest month of the year, even with 2020 being a Leap Year, so make the most of it with these fun things to do in New York State! 

Hunter Zipline, Hunter Mountain

Anybody can do dinner and a moviebut how about impressing that extraordinary someone in your life with an extraordinary date?  With Valentine’s Day soon approaching, planning a special romantic outingwhether it's an evening or a weekendis a sure way to make you a hero, and New York State provides a breathtaking array of activities that will help you break the ice on a new romance or warm up a lifelong partnership.

Lake Placid - Olympic Center

Lake Placid is truly one of New York’s great escapes. From world-class skiing in winter to epic paddling in summer to incredible fall foliage, this postcard-perfect village is an ideal year-round destination. It also happens to be a two-time host to the Winter Olympic Games. Experience the thrill of bobsledding or skiing at the original 1980 Olympic venues, and so much more! Check out our weekend guide for Lake Placid. 

Letchworth State Park - Middle Falls

Find the most beautiful destinations right here in New York State. From breathtaking mountaintops and majestic waterfalls to unique architecture and stunning landscapes, get ready to take an Instagram-worthy photo. Start planning your visit to New York State’s most Instagrammable locations. We’ve chosen one for each region featuring Instagram posts from travelers, listing a few other notable spots in each region as well. Discover your favorite. and remember to follow @iloveny for even more inspiration! 

A building on the grounds of the John Brown Farm State Historic Site

February marks Black History Month, and New York state is filled with African American history, with unique experiences related to jazz music, sports and icons like Jackie Robinson, culturally-rich neighborhoods like Harlem, and important sites such as John Brown Farm (pictured) and the Harriet Tubman Home. New York state played an important role in the Underground Railroad, which helped tens of thousands of African Americans escape slavery. In recognition of Black History Month, from parks and historic sites to music and culture, here are 11 places to experience black history in New York State.

Bristol Mountain

Does having the most ski resorts in the country make New York State the capital of skiing? We think so! When it comes to skiing and snowboarding—and pretty much all things fun in the snow—New York’s options are plentiful and diverse. We’ve compiled a list of the best skiing destinations to fit your unique needs, whether you’re a beginner, a pro, or trying to please a bunch of different people! Read on to find your dream ski trip in New York.

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: