With breathtaking waterfalls, pristine lakes, and sandy beaches, New York State features many spectacular, scenic locations. Whether you’re working remotely, learning from home, or enjoying more screen time these days, download your favorite photo from the list below. Simply click on the links to video conference– and mobile-friendly version of each photo and right click to download the image, then go to your favorite video conferencing tool that allows for backgrounds, and look for a "virtual background" option under the Preferences tab (remember to uncheck the "mirror my screen" option so the image isn't reversed). Now set the photo you select as your video conferencing background, or as the home screen image for your desktop computer or mobile device, to remind you, friends, and colleagues of the beauty of New York, and to inspire future travel ideas! 

Ausable Chasm (Adirondacks) 

Kayakers in Ausable Chasm

Known as the "Grand Canyon of the Adirondacks," this historic attraction dates back to the 1870s and features trails, scenic vistas, water activities, and more! Click here for video conference– or desktop-friendly photo size, or click here for a mobile version. 

New York State Capitol (Capital-Saratoga)

The Capitol Building in Albany at Dusk

Sitting majestically atop Albany's State Street hill, the New York State Capitol has served as the seat of government for New York since the 1880s. The building is a marvel of late 19th-century architectural grandeur, built by hand of solid masonry over a period of 32 years. Click here for video conference– or desktop-friendly photo size, or click here for a mobile version. 

North-South Lake Campground (Catskills)

View of North-South Campground

North-South Lake Campground in the Catskills showcases the area's natural beauty, with trails, scenic views, lakes, and more. Click here for video conference– or desktop-friendly photo size, or click here for a mobile version. 

Chittenango Falls State Park (Central New York)

A photo of Chittenango Falls State Park on a sunny day

Chittenango Falls State Park features glacially sculpted rocks and the main attraction, a 167-foot waterfall! Click here for video conference– or desktop-friendly photo size, or click here for a mobile version. 

Panama Rocks (Chautauqua-Allegheny)

Moss-covered boulders form a crevice at Panama Rocks Scenic Park

Panama Rocks Scenic Park features caves, massive rocks forming crevices, and beautiful ancient forest, offering Lord of the Rings–type scenery in the heart of Chautauqua County. Click here for video conference– or desktop-friendly photo size, or click here for a mobile version. 

Canandaigua Lake (Finger Lakes) 

A sunset view of Canandaigue Lake with Finger Lakes vineyard in foreground

The fourth largest of the Finger Lakes, Canandaigua Lake features world-class wineries, scenic views, and more! Click here for video conference– or desktop-friendly photo size, or click here for a mobile version. 

Cave of the Winds at Niagara Falls State Park (Greater Niagara) 

Looking up at Niagara Falls from Cave of the Winds

Cave of the Winds takes its name from a natural overhang that created a cave-like structure for visitors to take in the magnificence of Niagara Falls. The "cave" collapsed in 1954, but the name stuck for this favorite New York attraction. Click here for video conference– or desktop-friendly photo size, or click here for a mobile version. 

Walkway Over the Hudson (Hudson Valley) 

A view of the river from the Walkway Over the Hudson

One of the best places in all New York State to take in a view of the Hudson River is from Walkway Over the Hudson State Historic Park. Click here for video conference– or desktop-friendly photo size, or click here for a mobile version.

Montauk Point Lighthouse (Long Island)

Montauk Point Lighthouse

Approved for construction by President George Washington, the Montauk Point Lighthouse is not only historical but amazingly scenic as well. It's set at the very end of Long Island, looking out at the Atlantic Ocean, with pathways down to surrounding beaches. Click here for video conference– or desktop-friendly photo size, or click here for a mobile version. 

Brooklyn Bridge (New York City)

A view from the pedestrian walkway of the Brooklyn Bridge

One of the most iconic bridges in the world, the Brooklyn Bridge connects Manhattan to Brooklyn, with cars on either side of a pedestrian and bike path. Click here for video conference– or desktop-friendly photo size, or click here for a mobile version. 

Boldt Castle (Thousand Islands-Seaway) 

Boldt Castle

Turn-of-the-20th century business mogul George Boldt commissioned this stunning Rhineland-style castle to show his love for his wife, on an island a short boat-ride away from Alexandria Bay in the picturesque Thousand Islands region. Click here for video conference– or desktop-friendly photo size, or click here for a mobile version.