25 Reasons Why I Love New York More Than Any Other State

Lake Ontario

The shores of Lake Ontario
The shores of Lake Ontario | Source

The Saint Lawrence River

The Saint Lawrence Seaway looking out to Wolfe Island, Ontario, Canada
The Saint Lawrence Seaway looking out to Wolfe Island, Ontario, Canada | Source

The Thousand Islands

The French Festival Cape Vincent
The French Festival Cape Vincent | Source

The New York State Fair

The butter sculpture at the NYS Fair.
The butter sculpture at the NYS Fair. | Source

New York State Southern Tier

My backyard
My backyard | Source

New York State Lakes and Rivers

Lake Ontario
Lake Ontario | Source


It has been said we eat with our eyes and my eyes have spent a lifetime feasting on a cornucopia of beauty within the great state of New York. I relish in a feeding frenzy of a state that fills a banquet table with a smorgasbord of lakes, rivers, mountains, waterfalls, luscious valleys, gorges, pristine pastures, and palatable forests. Never have I hungered for more than the abundant serving in front of me.

According to the U.S. Census Bureau New York State covers 47,126.40 square miles and New York City only takes up 302.64 square miles. Consequently, one can understand why we New Yorkers who do not reside in New York City get so upset when others try to lump us with the “Big Apple.” We refer to our geographical locations by saying we are from Western, Central, Northern, Upstate or Downstate New York. This is a large state and one that offers a veritable plethora of activities. There is absolutely no reason why anyone who resides here should ever say, “We’re bored.”

MY TOP 25 PICKS OF PLACES TO GO AND THINGS TO DO IN NEW YORK

  1. The Thousand Islands are situated on the Saint Lawrence River between Canada and the United States. In reality, there are over 1,800 islands. http://www.1000islands.com/
  2. Boldt Castle sits on Heart Island and is a fairy tale romance about the tycoon who owned the Waldorf Astoria and the castle he was building for his wife. It is a must see for every visitor to Alexandria Bay and the Saint Lawrence Seaway. http://www.boldtcastle.com/visitorinfo/
  3. The village of Sackets Harbor is a quaint little place to visit packed with the history surrounding the War of 1812. http://www.boldtcastle.com/visitorinfo/
  4. Lake Ontario is one of the 5 Great Lakes and via the Saint Lawrence Seaway serves as a shipping route to the Atlantic Ocean.There are too many sites on the web to list them here with a URL.
  5. Skaneateles Lake is so clear and pure that the city of Syracuse uses its unfiltered drinking water. The Village is filled with wonderful shops and dining with some of the buildings dating back to the late 1790s. http://www.villageofskaneateles.com/
  6. Ithaca is “Gorges” is a famous saying due to the fact there are more than 100 waterfalls within 10 miles of the downtown area. Ithaca is also home to Cornell University. http://www.visitithaca.com/visitor-info/the-ithaca-experience.html
  7. The wineries of New York keep growing by leaps and bounds. For instance, just within the Finger Lakes Region alone there are now 100 wineries. http://www.newyorkwines.org/
  8. Howe Caverns is located near Cobleskill, New York and the adventure of exploring the caverns begin with a 16 story downward elevator ride to a constant temperature of 52 degrees (F) and 11 degrees (C). http://howecaverns.com/
  9. Cooperstown home of the Baseball Hall of Fame is rich in history, wonderful scenery and nostalgia. It is also home to the Fenimore Art Museum, Glimmerglass Opera, and the Farmers’ Museum. http://www.thisiscooperstown.com/
  10. The Syracuse Scottish Games hold a special place in my heart. I am a proud member of the House of Gordon Clan and the ceremonies, food and atmosphere are a joy to be a part of. http://cnyscottishgames.org/CNY_Scottish_Games/Welcome.html
  11. The Taste of Syracuse is one of my favorite 3-day festivals with just under 100 restaurants and food vendors selling samples for only $1.00. There are beer and wine tents, along with 3 stages playing various types of music. http://www.tasteofsyracuse.com/
  12. The Great New York State Fair, located in Syracuse, runs for 12 days from the end of August until Labor Day and usually draws almost 1,000,000 visitors per year. http://www.nysfair.org/
  13. Sylvan Beach is situated at the eastern end of Oneida Lake. It is a resort area and has been referred to as the Coney Island of Central New York. http://www.sylvanbeach.org/
  14. Saratoga Racetrack is a flat track established nearly 150 years ago and is a marvel to behold. http://www.saratogaracetrack.com/schedule/
  15. Saratoga Performing Arts Center is a place to witness the best entertainment the world has to offer as it sits framed on a canvas of 2,400 acres. http://spac.org/
  16. Cape Vincent and the French Festival is an event which takes place on the weekend before Bastille Day to remember how the residents had hoped Napoleon would settle in their area. http://capevincent.org/frenchfestival.asp
  17. The Adirondack Mountains boasts over 100 summits, on 6 million acres in the Adirondack Park. http://visitadirondacks.com/
  18. The Catskill Mountains are in the southeastern part of the state and approximately 100 miles from New York City. http://www.visitthecatskills.com/
  19. The Finger Lakes are comprised of 11 lakes and tourists flock to them every year. http://www.fingerlakes.org/
  20. Watkins Glen Gorge was formed from glaciers during the Ice Age and has a trail that takes the hikers under waterfalls. http://nyfalls.com/watkinsglensp.html
  21. Corning Museum of Glass highlights the history of glass and glassmaking and has a studio that allows visitors an opportunity to attend workshops and classes. http://www.cmog.org/
  22. Lake George is definitely one of the best family destination resorts around, with beaches, boat rides, Fort William Henry and amusement parks. http://www.visitlakegeorge.com/home
  23. Niagara Falls is excitement and amazement all rolled into one. http://www.niagara-usa.com/
  24. Lake Placid was the former home to both the 1932 and the 1980 winter Olympics and it still ranks as a hot spot for those who relish the activity of winter sports. http://www.lakeplacid.com/
  25. New York State Parks are plentiful as well as magnificent in all they afford the visitor. http://nysparks.com/


I could have easily listed several other reasons and places why I adore my life in the “Empire State.” Interestingly, no one really knows why we are even called the “Empire State” except maybe because of our trade routes, wealth, and natural resources. However, we have also been referred to as the “Knickerbocker State” which was a German term used to describe the pants of the early Dutch settlers. For me, the state motto that is my pick would have to be “The Excelsior State” which simply put means ever upward.

So there you have it. This was my take on loyalty to the state I love. Yet, more importantly than my own opinion is the sincere fact that there are those who have the same feelings for the areas where they reside. Unlike our political differences, this is one topic that has no right or wrong answers. May you ask…why do I love New York? My answer would most likely be the same as yours…and for the same reasons you love your home state and the wonderment of awe you witness every day.

WRITTEN BY: DENNIS L. PAGE



Watkins Glen, New York

Watkins Glen
Watkins Glen | Source

Lighthouse

Tibbetts Point lighthouse where Lake Ontario meets the Saint Lawrence River
Tibbetts Point lighthouse where Lake Ontario meets the Saint Lawrence River | Source

Southern Tier Foliage

The hills by my home
The hills by my home | Source

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Outbound Dan 4 years ago from Niagara Falls, NY

As a fellow New Yorker ...New York Stater that is .... this is a pretty good list of some of the highlights of our State. Of course, living just minutes from Niagara Falls and visiting the Adirondacks often for paddling, backpacking, and climbing - NYS has been pretty good to me.


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pagesvoice 4 years ago from New York/Pennsylvania border Author

@ Outbound Dan...Thank you so much for reading and commenting on my article. You also live in a part of the state that has many great places to visit. There is something about Niagara Falls that never gets old looking at. My parents had a 1950 wedding picture taken there on a rock ledge that has since fallen into the great abyss. You are not too far from the breathtaking "Grand Canyon of the East," Letchworth State Park. Personally, I think we pretty much have it all here in the Empire State...right down to our competitions for the most snowfall.


Ginger Ruffles 4 years ago

LOL, spiedi's would have topped my list but your list rocked!


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pagesvoice 4 years ago from New York/Pennsylvania border Author

@ Ginger Ruffles...Thanks for the comment...maybe I had better do an amendment. However, I know many IBMers who have ventured down to Triangle Park with the hopes of hitting it big with our famous speidies and alas have failed miserably. I guess if it ain't dried pull pork it just isn't going to make it in N.C.


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Ronna Pennington 4 years ago from Arkansas

Thank you for the pics! It's nice to see what you get to see :D (especially the butter sculpture)


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pagesvoice 4 years ago from New York/Pennsylvania border Author

@ Ronna Pennington - Thank you so much for stopping by and reading my somewhat biased article. I am glad you enjoyed the pics. All kidding aside, I am so blessed to have the mountains, hills, valleys, rivers, streams and lakes. If you love nature and its bounty, this is the place to be. Thank you again.


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ImKarn23 4 years ago

Awesome tribute to your home state, D. The pics ain't bad neither. Between you and me - new york is one of 10 states i have never visited - and - i'm kind of intimidated by the size and scope of it..

i figure 'what's the use'? to go to NY for a week, ya know?

my OCD would go off the radar...LOL

hmmmm...maybe i just need a good tour guide?


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Trinity M 4 years ago

Beautifully written and very inspiring. I haven’t been to the USA yet but I am definitely putting New York on my list. Loved the pics and am definitely keeping a copy of your list of places to visit. Voted up and interesting.


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always exploring 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

I have always wanted to visit New York and see all the sites. I especially would love to see a broadway show. You're a lucky man Dennis..Cheers


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pagesvoice 4 years ago from New York/Pennsylvania border Author

@ImKarn23 - As always, thank you Ms. L for your comment. I don't know why, but I am surprised you have never visited New York. We really do have a little something for everyone. Just yesterday, Bambi showed up by my back patio with her spotted fawn. It was a sight to behold. Also, when my girls were kids, every year my mom would take them to NYC at Christmas, to see the Rockettes. Now my oldest has carried that tradition forward and takes her daughter during the holiday's to the "Big Apple."


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pagesvoice 4 years ago from New York/Pennsylvania border Author

@ Trinity M - I appreciate you reading and commenting on my article. The links I provided are a gateway to things one can see and do while visiting. Seriously, I can not envision myself living anywhere else.


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pagesvoice 4 years ago from New York/Pennsylvania border Author

@ always exploring - It was so nice of you to review and reply to my article. Even though I am only 31/2 hours from New York City, I must confess, it has been over 11 years since I have been there.


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A K Turner 4 years ago from West Yorkshire

nice article, reposted to my wall, well done!


Jessica 4 years ago

Oh Dennis, I love this! I may be in Tennessee now, but I will forever and always be a New York Girl at heart! I saw this post and knew I had to check it out. All of your 25 reasons are great, and as you said, just the tip of the iceberg into the beauty that New York holds. I share your sentiment for our great state! Thanks for sharing :)


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pagesvoice 4 years ago from New York/Pennsylvania border Author

@ A K Turner - Thank you for re-posting and commenting. This was a somewhat time consuming article, but one I believe in. I most definitely will return the favor.


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pagesvoice 4 years ago from New York/Pennsylvania border Author

@ Jessica - I am glad you enjoyed a trip down New York's memory lane. From our diverse terrain, to the melting pot of various nationalities and ethnicity and in the winter our snowfall, one should never be bored living here.


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mperrottet 4 years ago from Pennsauken, NJ

I've been to every state in the U.S except Alaska, and I agree with you - New York is a beautiful state. I've seen Lake George and Lake Placid, camped in the Adirondack and Catskill mountains and been to Saratoga Springs, but this article reminds me that I still have so much more to see. I'm putting New York on my list of future camping trips!


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pagesvoice 4 years ago from New York/Pennsylvania border Author

@ mperrottet - I'm glad you stopped in and visited my article. You certainly have seen some of my favorite spots. I would highly recommend (during the summer months) a visit to the Thousand Islands, Alexandria Bay and a boat ride to Boldt Castle. In addition, the shores of Lake Ontario are the closest you can get to finding a fresh water ocean and they are dotted with a plethora of places to camp.


corascollection 4 years ago

Great list you have going, I grew up in New York State, moved away when I was 21 but it is always good to be reminded of how beautiful the scenery is up there and I hope others read this and venture upstate!


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pagesvoice 4 years ago from New York/Pennsylvania border Author

@ corascollection - Thank you for reading and commenting on my article. You are 100% correct about the beauty of our state. After all of these years I am still surprised at some of the places I have yet to visit.


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tillsontitan 4 years ago from New York

Ah Pagesvoice, being a fellow New Yorker I can only say BRAVO! We are certainly not all NYC residents and NY has so much more to offer than NYC (though NYC is a great place to visit). I live in Ulster County, historical and beautiful. Home to the first capital of New York State, where the four seasons show their glory!

Beautiful pictures and descriptions. Voted up, useful, and interesting.


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Ruby H Rose 4 years ago from Northwest Washington on an Island

Wow, New York has a wonderful view of so many beautiful places. I have always wanted to go there. Now it is like I have a map to go on a treasure hunt! Great hub, thanks!


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pagesvoice 4 years ago from New York/Pennsylvania border Author

@ tillsontitan - Thank you for taking time to read and comment on my article and also for your vote. It is amazing how many people equate New York with New York City. My entire county has a population of under 200,000 people and we're 3.5 hours from New York City. We are fortunate to live where there is so much beauty in all four seasons and now that autumn is just around the corner we will be exposed to a pallet of bright and vibrant colors. Yes, I do love New York.


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pagesvoice 4 years ago from New York/Pennsylvania border Author

@ Ruby H Rose - I was so glad to see that you stopped by and left your footprint on my story. It is always nice to see different areas and what they have to offer. The northwest is grand and beautiful and the northeast is almost a mirror image. Currently it is apple picking time here and the crop this year is sweet and delicious.


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grandmapearl 4 years ago from Southern Tier New York State

pagesvoice, this is an awesome tribute to the best that New York State has to offer. Having grown up just 3 miles outside of Watkins Glen, I can attest to its absolutely breathtaking gorge. Ithaca is superb for its gorges and for the Sapsucker Woods that showcases so many of our native songbirds. Corning Museum of Glass is one of my favorite places to visit, along with Cooperstown and Cobleskill. There are so many wonderful historic villages and towns to explore in this great Empire State!

You have done a great job with your list. Voted way Up!


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zulumuscle 4 years ago

Wow when I hear New York I always think of the city(the concrete jungle), I never knew there were other awesome natural places in New York. My excuse is that I am not american, but I found this post useful nonetheless .


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TIMETRAVELER2 3 years ago

My husband is from upstate NY...near Rochester. He grew up in the country in a small town near Letchworth State Park. I agree, New York is a truly beautiful and varied states. Loved the article and loved the pix.


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pagesvoice 3 years ago from New York/Pennsylvania border Author

@ TIMETRAVELER2 - Thank you for reading and commenting. Letchworth is absolutely beautiful. I grew up just north of Syracuse, but now live the the Southern Tier. I will admit I'm partial to the Finger Lakes and Lake Ontario. Lake Ontario can act like a fresh water ocean at times. Does your husband miss the area?

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