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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.

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!

Ice Bikes at Canalside

New York State is a winter wonderland all season long—and not just because of classic outdoor activities like skiing and snowboarding. It’s home to a number of extraordinary and memorable experiences that are perfect for helping you get through—and dare we say it, enjoy—the chilly weather. So why not reclaim the icy months by trying something new and exciting you can only do during winter? Try these unique New York activities and you’ll find yourself warming up to the cold before you know it.

Beautiful Destinations - Windham Mountain - Catskills - Winter - Photo by Beautiful Destinations

Whether you’re a certified ski bunny or just down to get cozy, New York State’s Catskill Mountains have what you need to après-ski. If you’re not familiar with the French term, it translates to “after ski” and describes all the fun social activities that take place after hitting the slopes. From refueling at a farm-to-table restaurant to celebrating the number of runs you crushed that day at a local pub to  unwinding with a soothing massage, there’s no wrong way to après-ski. 

Roxbury Motel

Whether you're looking for a quick getaway without the kids or planning a dreamy Valentine's Day trip, New York State has got you covered. Fall in love with these cozy and romantic winter getaways that offer breathtaking scenery, swoon-worthy accommodations, and fresh adventures—many with discount packages to make your stay even more affordable!

Howe Caverns - Photo Courtesy of Howe Caverns

If you've been to the I LOVE NEW YORK blog recently, you know we're excited about all of the road trip opportunities in the state this summer! So far, we've given you itineraries for families who want to see ALL of the sights, families who love to be outdoors, and families who like a mix of city and nature. This next road trip is perfect for families who need a quick vacation!

View of North South Lake and Round Top, Kaaterskill High Peak from Sunset Rock on Escapement trail, North South Lake DEC Campground

Why are the Catskills one of the hottest destinations in the US right now? Stylish resorts, acclaimed farm-to-table restaurants, and country-chic boutiques are the recently added attractions, but the region’s beauty is the template. There’s no better way to experience the Catskills than with a hike on its trails, which offer something for every type of outdoor adventurer, from those looking to get their heart rates up to those in search of a tranquil stroll in the woods.