We’ve been lucky enough to live within a quick drive of western New York for 10+ years now. There are so many great places to visit in New York that it is difficult to choose a favorite. It really depends on what kind of adventure you are looking for!

The Finger Lakes region is well-known for wine, but the towns along the 11 lakes are beautiful places to explore. As waterfall enthusiasts ourselves, the Finger Lakes is one of our most highly recommended waterfall destinations. The unique water features through those gorges are stunning, especially in the late spring and the fall.

We wouldn’t want you to forget about the Adirondacks, either. While we haven’t become Adirondack 46’ers yet, we’re working on it! The Adirondacks are one of our favorite spots for hiking getaways.

National Parks Sites

Finger Lakes National Forest

State Parks

Letchworth State Park
Letchworth State Park in Winter
Stony Brook State Park
Taughannock Falls State Park
Watkins Glen State Park
Western New York State Parks

Finger Lakes Region

Canandaigua Lake
Things to do in Watkins Glen
Waterfalls near Watkins Glen
Exploring the Cascadilla Gorge in Ithaca
Winter Getaways in the Finger Lakes

the Adirondacks

High Falls Gorge
Adirondack Mountain Reserve (AMR): Indian Head & Fish Hawk Cliffs
Lake Placid
Mount Marcy
Whiteface Mountain

Western New York

Ellicottville, New York
Panama Rocks Scenic Park