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Travel Cheats: Escape the City and Head to Upstate NY

New York State offers so many types of places to visit – including cities, beaches, lakes, mountains, state parks, and more. There are hidden gems scattered all over New York; some located just a couple hours away from you that you might not know about! If you’re looking to escape NYC for a weekend, consider heading to Upstate NY! Here are five destinations in Upstate NY to visit this summer.

Lake George, NY

Explore Lake George and its popular lakeside village with museums, arcades, shops, and more! Take a boat ride on the famous ‘Minne Ha Ha,’ relax at Million Dollar Beach, ride some roller coasters at Six Flags Great Escape, go shopping at the Factory Outlets of Lake George, spend the weekend camping, or hike the Prospect Mountain trail. Here’s a full guide to Lake George Hiking.

Saratoga, NY

Mark your calendars and head to Saratoga for New York horse racing! Starting early this summer on July 11th, Saratoga horse racing will run until Labor Day weekend at Saratoga Race Course. Watch (and hopefully win) a few horse races in the day, and then explore beautiful Downtown Saratoga at night. Make sure you also take a look at Saratoga Performing Arts Center’s (SPAC) concert lineup for this summer. Saratoga, NY, is an excellent upstate summer destination!

Albany, NY

Located about 30 miles south of Saratoga is the capital of New York State: Albany, NY. Experience the Capital Region! Walk around downtown, visit the New York State Capitol building, check out some of Albany’s many museums, and learn more about the rich history of your state capital! If you’re in the mood to hike, stop by John Boyd Thacher State Park.

The Adirondacks, NY

Lake George is just one part of the Adirondacks in Upstate NY, so check out other regions that the Adirondacks has to offer! These include Adirondack Tug Hill, Lake Placid, Saranac Lake, Schroon Lake, Tupper Lake, and others. Go as far upstate as you can, and explore all of the Adirondacks this summer!

Watkins Glen State Park, NY

Although located close to the Pennsylvania border, many New Yorkers consider Watkins Glen State Parkpart of Upstate NY. Watkins Glen is arguably the most famous state park in the Finger Lakes Region due to its breathtaking 200-foot cliffs and 19 waterfalls. Wherever you consider Upstate NY to start from, just make sure you find time to visit Watkins Glen this summer!

Plan Your Trip to Upstate NY!

Start planning your trip to Upstate NY today. Here are a few more Weekend Getaways in New York to consider.

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