Planning a trip to New York? Here are three places you will want to add to your itinerary. Each of the these attractions are about 1.5 hours of driving from each other. We’ll start at the one furthest east and work our way toward the west.
Watkins Glen State Park
Many visitors say Watkins Glen has the most beautiful scenery they have every laid eyes on. The main trail is about a mile and half long, and it winds it’s way through a narrow canyon. The trail takes visitor up and down stairs, through caves, and past 19 waterfalls. In fact, on a few occasions, the trail takes you behind the water fall. Once you reach the other end, you can retrace your steps to see it all again, or you can use an alternate, less rugged trail to get back to your vehicle.
Letchworth State Park
This park is sometimes called the “Grand Canyon” of the east. Here a river flows between rock walls of up to 600 feet high. There are three large water falls, known as the upper falls, the middle falls, and the lower falls. Most of these falls can be viewed with a short walk from one of the parking lots, but if you’re into hiking, biking, or running, you can leave the vehicle behind and explore 66 miles of trails in the park. You can also go kayaking, white water rafting, or even take a ride in a hot air balloon and see the sights from the air.
Travel another 80 miles to the northwest, and you’ll be at Niagara Falls. You’ve probably seen the pictures, but there is nothing like experiencing this in real life. Niagara falls consists of three waterfalls. These are Horseshoe Falls (also known as the Canadian Falls), American Falls and Bridal Veil Falls. These can be viewed from one of several different observation points. For a better view, you can pay a small fee to view them from the observation deck, or even take a ride on Maid of Mist – a boat tour that offers great views of all three of the falls.
Check out the video below to see a few sights from each of these scenic places.