The Adirondacks in New York
New York's Most Beautiful National and State Parks
In an area known as Finger Lakes in central New York, this park is a massive draw for visitors to hike trails, admire waterfalls, and see the wetlands.
Buttermilk Falls State Park
Waterfalls cascade down terraced rock layers, create curved gorges, and make frothing torrents. Some of the pools that the falls empty into are perfect for swimming.
Set in the St. Lawrence River near Canada, this park takes up half the island and is a paradise of solitude, boating, fishing, and walks in the woods.
Cedar Island State Park
Campers can enjoy the serene surroundings for extended periods and should make time to visit nearby Singer Castle, a giant granite mansion situated on the nearby Dark Island.
On the shores of Lake Ontario, this park's jagged coastline is a realm of sculptural beauty, with eroded rocks along bluffs that meet the water's edge.
Chimney Bluffs State Park
There is a fantastic contrast between the sharp, elevated features and the flat, blue water. Try to visit them later in the day to see the sunset's glow on their haunting contours.
Loaded with immense power, Devil's Hole Rapids are heavy and dangerous, best viewed from a distance or on a jet-boat tour.
Devil's Hole State Park
At this national park just off Long Island, you will find 26 miles of shore and some of the finest beaches along the U.S. East Coast.
Fire Island National Seashore
Stop at the lighthouse, stroll through old forests, and see the homes of key people in American history, like William Floyd, one of the signers of the Declaration of Independence.
This park can only be reached by boat and has no paved roads. As such, waterfront areas aren't crowded like you would find at many other Long Island beaches.