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Looking for a memorable adventure in New York? We’ve got you covered. From waterfalls to mountain ranges, New York is home to many natural landmarks just waiting to be explored and our top 10 are guaranteed to leave a lasting impression. It’s road trip season and we’ve mapped your itinerary below!

  1. Ausable Chasm: A great gorge running below the earth’s surface, the Ausable Chasm flows more than 175 feet below the surrounding surface in some places. Located along the shores of Lake Champlain, you’ll find the Chasm, as well as Alice Falls and Rainbow Falls.
  2. Chimney Bluffs: Explore Chimney Bluffs State Park along the southern shore of Lake Ontario. These jagged rock formations that jet up into the sky were formed by melting glaciers. Pack a picnic and bring your camera to enjoy sweeping views from leisurely trails through the bluffs.
  3. Green Lakes State Park: New York is home to six of the world’s 36 meromictic lakes, those in which surface and bottoms waters do not mix. Round Lake is just one of two meromictic lakes in the Green Lakes State Park. A haven for scientists and geologists, the undisturbed sediment on the bottom of meromictic lakes leaves a natural record of environmental and aquatic conditions that usually predates the history books.
  4. Howe Caverns: The mystical system of caverns in Schohaire County was formed as underwater streams carved away at the limestone. Opening in the mid-1800s, Howe’s is one of only a handful of commercialized caverns in America. Beyond cavern tours, there’s a lot to do at Howe’s, including a high rope course, glassworks studio and the recently opened escape rooms.
  5. Montauk Point: A picturesque lighthouse sits at the end of Long Island on Montauk Point. This state park offers trails, scenic views of the Atlantic Ocean, bass fishing and glimpses of playful seals enjoying the rocky shoreline.
  6. Niagara Falls: Dropping more than 70 feet, the mighty American Falls is just one of three awe-inspiring waterfalls to experience in Niagara Falls.
  7. Saranac Lakes: This is a great place to take in fall foliage, whether strolling through the downtown streets or paddling the Upper, Middle and Lower Saranac Lakes. Outdoor adventure, quaint accommodations, festivals and more await in Saranac Lake.
  8. Storm King State Park: Unparalleled views of the Catskills and Hudson Valley can be enjoyed from the trails throughout Storm King State Park. You might be lucky enough to spot a Peregrine Falcon. This majestic bird had once disappeared but is now seen regularly in the park.
  9. Watkins Glen: The most notable of the Finger Lakes State Parks, Watkins Glen sits south of Seneca Lake. The spellbinding series of 19 waterfalls course along two miles of trails that take you over, under and behind waterfalls and cascades for pictures you’ll cherish for a lifetime.
  10. Whiteface Mountain: On a clear day, the summit of Whiteface Mountain offers views from Vermont all the way to the skyscrapers of Montreal. The Whiteface Region offers hiking trails for visitors of all abilities. At 4,867 feet above sea level, Whiteface Mountain is the fifth tallest peak in New York.