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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! 

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! 

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:

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. …

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.)