When you think of New York most people think of New York City. Well, it might make up the largest of the state’s population, it doesn’t hold its beauty. So when you’re looking for the Best New York State Parks most New Yorkers look upstate.
With 180 New York state parks, one is more beautiful than the next. However, some stand out more than others, that’s where this list of the best New York State parks helps you determine where to plan your next vacation.
Note: There are no “state parks” in the Catskills and Adirondacks as recreational areas are run by the Department of Environmental Protection in these areas. These preserved areas are stunning with 6 million acres in the Adirondack Park and 700,000 acres in Catskill Park. The parks in this article are within New York’s other regions.
Best New York State Parks
Letchworth State Park
New York’s gem of a state park nestled in what is called the “Grand Canyon of the East”. This park also has been voted one the top 10 state parks in the United States.
Looking for things to do in Pennsylvania with kids? Well, look no farther.
Pennsylvania is filled with educational landmarks but your kids are not looking for that during a vacation. History can be boring and will make for long days and cranky kids.
This list of the 10 things to do in Pennsylvania are things your kids will love and will make for a vacation of Happy Kids and after all that will make Happy Parents too.
I’m not implying that you shouldn’t go to historical sites and educational places, I’m just saying we’ve all been cooped up in the house too long and are ready to have some fun!
The following attractions in Pennsylvania for families will have your kids wanting to experience more. Take them to Hershey, Sesame Street, Dutch Wonderland, and Crayola but also take them to see the elk and Amish Country.
Take the family to the Crayola Experience in Easton PA to discover everything there is to know about crayons. Do you know how many crayons are in the world? How about how many different colors of crayons exist? Do you want to make your own color crayon and even a label for it? Want to see the world’s largest crayon? You can see and learn all about crayons at the Crayola Experience PA.
Although you are maybe expecting a crayon factory tour, this is not what you will be seeing. You will find a fun-filled day for the whole family at the Crayola Experience.
Instead of touring a factory, Crayola has put together 23 one-of-a-kind attractions designed to inspire imagination through play to your children. Your kids will learn by playing, all about color chemistry and magic combined to make the whole Crayola Experience.
You will be able to see how crayons are made as Crayola has moved some of their machinery to the experience to demonstrate the exact procedures of crayon making in a safe environment. You will get to see the color mixing and melting and finally the forming into crayons. They will also show you commercials and how they advertised their products through the years.
Welcome to Long Island North Fork. The east end of Long Island is divided into the north fork and the south fork. Although both are special places to visit and very different from the rest of Long Island, the north fork is the most rural, simply beautiful place to experience. You will never believe you are only 90 miles from New York City as you ride through “the country” and see all the vineyards and local farms.
Nestled along the Long Island Sound (the waterway between Long Island and Connecticut) there is one main road, Sound Avenue, where most of the north fork attractions can be found. From wineries and breweries, a fun day in Greenport, the best seafood and pie you can find anywhere in New York, museums, and history, and of course beaches and beautiful scenery, Long Island North Fork is a pleasant day trip or weekend getaway from NYC and other tri-state areas.
Here is a list of the best 23 things to do in Hershey PA. This list has everything going on in Hershey from family activities, places to go for a girl’s weekend or even a couples getaway.
The best things to do in Hershey include Hersheypark, Chocolate World, 4D Chocolate movies, Create your own Chocolate Bar, Hershey Unwrapped, Chocolate Lab, The Hershey Story Museum, Hershey Trolley Show, Zoo America, Hershey Gardens, the Falconry Experience, Hersheypark Stadium and the Spa at Hotel Hershey.
More things to do not chocolate related include Hershey Derry Township, Shank Park, Antique Automobile Club of America Museum, Echo Dell Indian Caverns, Cassel Vineyards, the Vineyards at Hershey, Troegs Brewing, golf and of course shopping.
There are so many things to see in South Dakota that you could probably spend months there without doing them all. Let’s face it, South Dakota wouldn’t really be on most people got to see list but you would be wrong to think that. From outdoor recreation, family attractions several with an old west vibe, and an abundance of wildlife South Dakota offers so much to explore. After all, where else can you see a 12-foot-tall prairie dog!
Love outdoor recreations, well you will love South Dakota. With 2 national parks and several national monuments, most people would think of the Badlands and Mount Rushmore. And of course, Sturgis we all have seen pictures of the famous bike week held each August, but South Dakota is so much more. So here is a list of 101 things to see in South Dakota. What are you waiting for, let’s take that road trip!
Are you looking for an Airbnb near Yellowstone National Park? Well, look no further as this list will help you find the perfect cabins near Yellowstone that fits your needs.
Yellowstone National Park is a popular destination however their choices of where to stay during your visit are limited. The park’s facilities have few amenities including wifi and cell phone cover which most of us need. Also, some of the places don’t even have private bathrooms, and most book up a year in advance.
There are many choices for Airbnb near Yellowstone that offer accommodations for larger groups as well as many with hot tubs, TV, wifi and cell service, and beautiful views.
This list includes (except one listing) Airbnb near Yellowstone that are within 30 miles (minutes) to one of the park entrances. So you can enjoy all the park has to offer , not have a long drive to get into the park and still have amenities that you are looking for while on vacation.
For tourist information visit the park’s website here.
Are you looking for Airbnbs in the Upper Peninsula Michigan? It’s beautiful with lots to explore and staying in a cabin rental in the Upper Peninsula will just add to your vacation fun.
With over 200 waterfalls, the gateway to a national park, hot springs, a huge national forest, a national lakeshore and surrounded by three of the five Great Lakes, the Upper Peninsula offers outdoor recreation at its best. Nestled between quaint towns, many lighthouses, casinos, and museums you will want to spend weeks there exploring.
Are you looking for a family vacation, a romantic getaway, or even a weekend away with friends, there is something for you in this list of Airbnbs in the Upper Peninsula. And since it’s surrounded by water, it’s no surprise that many are lakeside vacation rentals.
Rail Trails in New York have become very popular and an economic boost to many of the areas. With over 50 trails and many more proposed these trails are opening up all over the state including several upcoming trails in downstate New York.
Here is a list of the Best Rail Trails in New York list be region:
Looking for the best Airbnb in the White Mountains of New Hampshire is the first step in planning a relaxing and fun-filled vacation in the mountains.
The White Mountains is a hikers paradise with 700 named mountains with the highest being Mount Washington at 6288 ft., the highest peak in the Northeast. Along with the lush forests, pristine lakes, and rivers this area one of the best places to vacation in New England.
There is so much to see and do in the area from hiking, boating, climbing, paddling, and biking in the warmer months and skiing, snow tubing, and snowmobiling during the winter. But my favorite time is fall when the landscape comes alive with vivid colors of reds, oranges, and yellows.
For more information on things to do in the area check out this vacation guide.
Also, check out the Cog Railway for a must-do, once in a lifetime, experience.
Here is a list of the best and unique Airbnb in the White Mountains. These are affordable options (especially when priced out per person) with a few luxury homes as well.
Some have hot tubs, some have stunning views, some offer game rooms and some are near water (lake or river). Some have fireplaces for a cold winter night and most have outside fire pits for toasting smores and more. But all have great reviews so families, couples, and friends can relax and enjoy all that New Hampshire’s White Mountains have to offer.
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