Lifestyle, Travel

What To See in Upstate NY

Upstate New York offers a wide range of activities and attractions if you’re looking for a weekend getaway or a longer trip. For example, cities such as Saratoga Springs and Albany offer their share of plentiful activities. Other great upstate attractions include the Adirondack Mountains, Niagara Falls, and Letchworth State Park.


Saratoga Springs

Saratoga Spa State Park is beautiful and can be restorative with its walking trails, mineral springs, and historic Roosevelt Baths and Spa. Other attractions in the city include thoroughbred racing, the Saratoga Performing Arts Center, where you can enjoy concerts and ballet performances, and downtown.

The downtown area is charming and features unique boutiques, art galleries, and restaurants. If you’re considering a move to the area, check out the apartments downtown, including those that Angelo Ingrassia real estate developer may create. Other sights to consider checking out include these:

  • Saratoga Casino Hotel
  • Saratoga Automobile Museum
  • National Museum of Dance and Hall of Fame
  • Yaddo Gardens
  • Saratoga Farmers’ Market


The capital of New York features a blend of historical sites, cultural attractions, and outdoor activities. The Capitol is an example of impressive 19th-century architecture, and you can learn more about architecture, culture, and New York’s history and natural world at the New York State Museum and the Albany Institute of History & Art. Other places to see in Albany include 

  • Empire State Plaza
  • Washington Park
  • Albany Pine Bush Preserve
  • USS Slater
  • Albany Rural Cemetery
  • Albany Riverfront Park

For a variety of dining, art, and shopping options, head to Lark Street.

Adirondack Mountains

Year-round, you can enjoy outdoor activities such as hiking, camping, skiing, and fishing in the Adirondack Mountains. Lake Placid, well-known for hosting the Winter Olympics twice, is a popular destination.

Niagara Falls

Don’t miss the chance to see one of the most famous natural wonders in the world. You can take a boat tour to get up close to the falls.

Finger Lakes Region

This region includes charming towns such as Ithaca and is a great destination for all four seasons. Attractions include the natural scenic beauty and boat rides (including boat tours and dinner cruises).

In Corning, be sure to check out the Corning Museum of Glass and make your own glass creations. Wine lovers may especially enjoy the wine tastings in the Finger Lakes region.

Hudson Valley

Draws in the Hudson Valley include Kykuit (the Rockefeller estate), the Culinary Institute of America, and the Walkway Over the Hudson. The latter is the world’s largest elevated pedestrian bridge and spans 1.28 miles over the Hudson River.

Letchworth State Park

The “Grand Canyon of the East” is a must-see for its gorges, waterfalls, and hiking trails. You can drive through, stay in a cabin, or camp in a tent or trailer.

There’s plenty to do in upstate New York no matter the season. Whether you want to head to Saratoga Springs or Albany for a weekend trip or drive through the entire upstate on an extended tour, you should be able to make long-lasting memories.