Explore New York State: Spots that will take your breath away – New York News

Sometimes it’s easy to forget that Long Island and New York City make up only a tiny fraction of the state we call home.

Sure, the city has impressive views and lovely parks and Long Island’s got some great beaches, but its the rest of New York that will take your breath away.

Head north for incredible mountain ranges; west for spectacular waterfalls and gorges; east for bluffs overlooking the ocean.

We have glaciers (and thousands of years) to thank for stunning landscapes just hours away by car, bus or train. Pick a spot and go explore!

Mount Marcy

(Credit: LakePlacid.com)

At 5,343 feet, Mount Marcy is the highest point in New York State. Hikes to the summit are not easy, but can be done in a day. This immense Adirondack peak is in the town of Keene, south of Lake Placid. (lakeplacid.com)

Watkins Glen State Park

Over the course of just two miles, the

(Credit: J. Rozell / NYS Parks)

Over the course of just two miles, the stream in Watkins Glen State Park descends 400 feet past 200-foot cliffs, creating 19 waterfalls. Enjoy fairly easy hikes through the gorge, under waterfalls and over rock bridges. The park is near Watkins Glen in the Finger Lakes Region. Visit nysparks.com/parks/142 for more details.

Chimney Bluffs State Park

These breathtaking pinnacles and cliffs on the shore

(Credit: J. Rozell / NYS Parks)

These breathtaking pinnacles and cliffs on the shore of Lake Ontario were formed thousands of years ago by glaciers. Some parts of the bluffs tower 150 feet over the lake….

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