10 Inspiring Upstate New York Getaways

Although parenting may be the most rewarding job in the world, it is a job and it can be exhausting. As parents, we need to permit ourselves to take an occasional break. A brief escape with your spouse is just what the doctor ordered.

Beyond New York City, the Empire State offers various landscapes, from hilly vineyards to gorgeous lakes and weathered mountains to gushing waterfalls.

Recharge as you relish the natural beauty of your surroundings. Even better, you can customize your getaway to explore your interests, whether you want to relax or seek adventure. Let’s consider your options for inspiring upstate New York getaways.

Watkins Glen

Located at the southern end of Seneca Lake in the Finger Lakes region, Watkins Glen is the perfect spot to recharge. Explore award-winning Seneca Lake wineries on their wine trail.


Nestled along the southern shore of Cayuga Lake in the Finger Lakes region, Ithaca welcomes you with open arms. Cayuga Lake has a wine trail where you can visit local vineyards, experience tastings, and soak up breathtaking views.

Letchworth State Park

Livingston and Wyoming counties in western New York proudly harbor the “Grand Canyon of the East,” Letchworth State Park. Immerse yourself in the natural beauty of a 600-foot-deep gorge carved out by the coursing Genesee River, yielding dozens of cascading waterfalls.

Niagara Falls

The awe-inspiring Niagara Falls astounds with its power and beauty; possibly the most iconic waterfall in North America, straddling the border between Canada and the United States.

Thousand Islands

The St. Lawrence River flows around more than 1,800 scattered islands between New York and Canada. These islands vary dramatically in size. Some are tiny, while others span 40 square miles.

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