The Hudson Valley surrounds the Hudson River between its end points in New York City and the Albany area. This gorgeous stretch of fertile ground contains hiking trails, rock climbing, whitewater rafting, fishing,as well as shopping and museums detailing the stories of the region. There is something to do in the valley all year round, with autumn being a particular favorite because of the changing of the leaves. World class restaurants specializing in locally sourced farm to table cuisine line the valley and beckon tourists to immerse themselves in their Hudson Valley experience.
Also known as the "Grand Canyon of the East," Letchworth State Park sits on the Genesee River and several of its tributaries. The river carved a deep gorge out of the rocks, and the result is breathtaking natural beauty for miles. Waterfalls dot the river and its creeks, with the highest waterfall in New York State, Inspiration Falls, residing here. People come to the park to enjoy hiking, hunting, fishing, whitewater rafting, snowmobiling, cross country skiing, camping, and whatever else can be done when the weather's right.
This curious mountain range does not follow a tectonic path like the Rockies or the Cascades in the West. These mountains are actually parts of one large dome that was raised due to geological unrest underneath. Their beauty is unique, and it attracts outdoor enthusiasts of all kinds. Canoers and kayakers have multiple bodies of water to choose from. Hunting and fishing, though strictly regulated, are enjoyed by many. Rock climbers, bird watchers, and snowmobilers can all find happiness here. The Wild Center in Tupper Lake provides a wealth of information about the natural history of the surrounding area, and is open year round.
This collection of islands in the St. Lawrence River actually numbers closer to 2,000, although some of them are just barely big enough to support a single tree. Some islands belong to Canada and some to the United States, New York specifically. In addition to the beautiful scenery of the area, there are a number of attractions here, including Boldt Castle on Heart Island, which was built by one man out of adoration for his wife. The Antique Boat Museum gives history of the area by way of boats that were built or sailed here. For those who scuba dive, the wreck diving here is purported to be some of the best in the world.
The Finger Lakes are so called because they are a series of long, thin bodies of water with a north-south alignment, resembling fingers. The two longest, Seneca and Cayuga, are almost 40 miles long. The area is well suited for winemaking, and wineries are in abundance. There are also museums dedicated to the rich history of the region, including the Womens Rights Natural Historic Park in Seneca Falls, where the women's suffrage movement began. The Corning Museum of Glass, the Strong National Museum of Play, the Museum of the Earth, and the Seward House, named for President Lincoln's secretary of state, can all be found here.