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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.

Between December 2 and 20, you can also enter to win the Build Your Own Bucket List Sweepstakes. Go here to select three of the attractions listed below and enter for a chance to win a dream vacation courtesy of I LOVE NY and JetBlue! 

Whiteface Mountain

New York State is home to some of the country’s most beautiful and thrilling skiing destinations. It should be no surprise that it’s also home to amazing après-ski options, no matter what you’re looking for. Get cozy over a craft beer or local wine, warm yourself to the core in a steamy sauna and treat your muscles to a Swedish massage, or delight the kiddos and keep the fun going until bedtime. If you’re exploring Whiteface Mountain or Gore Mountain in the Adirondacks, read on to find amazing options nearby to craft the perfect winter experience.

Empire State Plaza Holiday Tree Lighting

December is a special time in New York State. With streets lit by twinkling lights, cozy stores inviting you in with a warm, festive welcome, and plenty of celebrating going on everywhere you look, December is the time of year for traditions, both new and old! Don’t let the cold keep you inside; there are endless activities across New York State this December that welcome all with glad tidings and good cheer! 

Main Street in Catskill at night

How many main streets in New York have you shopped? With unique architecture, beautiful window displays, and business-lined sidewalks, the state boasts some of the best main streets for shopping. From classic souvenirs and high-end clothes to thoughtful keepsakes and handmade items, there are options for everyone. Take your next shopping trip along a picture-perfect main street in a New York State village, town, or small city with a small-town feel. 

Lake Placid - Whiteface Mountain

Winter is almost here and it's time to start planning your next adventure in New York State! Will you opt to head outdoors for snow-related activities like skiing the greatest vertical east of the Rockies or ziplining over snow-covered pines? For less extreme activities, get into the holiday spirit during a Victorian stroll or experience a brilliant light show. Whatever you choose, take advantage of the winter wonderlands and check out these must-do activities on our New York State Winter Bucket List! 

Adirondack Cabin

You don't have to shelter yourself at home from frigid air this winter. Hunker down with a smile in the coziness of a cabin with a view, a fire, and your favorite people (or snuggle solo). New York has no shortage of unique rentals across the state. Here are six cabin getaways you won't want to miss out on this season. 

beacon

The Hudson Valley city of Beacon has blossomed into an art lover’s paradise and a popular weekend getaway thanks to the Dia Art Foundation converting a Nabisco box printing factory on the banks of the Hudson into Dia:Beacon (pictured) in 2003. Now visitors flock to this contemporary and modern art museum and to visit the galleries, restaurants, and bars that have helped make this such a lively community. While a trip up to Beacon is easily doable in a day from New York City, there’s so much more to enjoy, so why not plan your visit over a weekend (especially so you can leave time for a brewpub crawl)?

Building at Ganondagan State Historic Site
Credit: @heatherjordanlarson on Instagram

In recognition of November’s Native American Heritage Month, we’ve put together some of the top places in New York State to learn about the traditions, culture, and contributions of Native Americans. From wampum belts and hand-woven baskets to detailed clothing and authentic log cabins, you’ll discover the fascinating work of the state’s first inhabitants. With interactive exhibits, walking trails, and seasonal events, there’s much to be explored! 

Animal Adventure Park

With a diverse food scene best known for its “Spiedie” sandwiches, a history of technological innovation that shines through today in many of its attractions, and charming carousels that make you feel all of the nostalgia, Binghamton is a happening place that fosters creativity and exploration. “Bing” is also a convenient base to visit the intensely popular Animal Adventure Park! The city is home to two signature annual summer events, the Spiedie Fest and Balloon Rally and LUMA, a citywide projection arts festival. Read on for a jam-packed family weekend getaway.