When you hear about New York, you automatically think of New York City. But New York is so much more than it’s amazing city. There are many amazing activities and some gorgeous site seeing to be had just a few hours north of the city oh what’s considered ‘Upstate New York’!

Adirondack 46 peaks

Cascade Mountain Summit (Photo Credit: Sandra FoyteΒ )

If you’re an outdoor adventure lover like myself, hiking is definitely on your hobby list and Upstate New York doesn’t fall short on hiking mountains. There is what’s called the Adirondack 46 Peaks. Consisting of just that- 46 mountain peaks that will challenge even the most physically fit with the highest peak, Marcy Mountain at 5,344(ft) Elevation. But not all of the peaks are only for the hiking junkies, there are plenty that are doable for the average bear and provide some spectacular views! Meet Cascade Mountain, a 4.8mile route that has a beautiful 360 degree view summit! Bring your family, your pets, your walking stick and especially a camera. This hike will take approx. 2-3hours so keep a yummy CliffBar handy.

Believe it or not, it doesn’t stop there. There are way more hiking trails than the Adirondack 46 peaks. You can find some for just views, waterfalls, swimming holes and pet and family friendly! Take a look here: Adirondack Hiking

Saratoga Race Track

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Saratoga Race Track (Photo Credit: Ashley Dingeman)

Saratoga, NY actually hosts the oldest race track in the country! This is not your average race track where you place some bets and call it a day. Saratoga Race Track envelops trendy fashion, iconic history and delightful dining all in one and is a gem to explore.

Grab a Β Derby hat and attend the tracks Hat Day where you will see some stunning and some funky hats during your visit.

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Annual Track Hat Day (Photo Credit: Gail M Stein)

Tip: Make sure to reserve a table at Turf Terrace for perfect track side dining.

Boldt Castle


Front of Boldt Castle (Photo Credit: Rich)

The Boldt Castle nestled on 1000 Islands is definitely a unique attraction and with a heart warming story behind it! You see, Mr.Β George C. Boldt constructed this million dollar castle in 1900 as a summer home in honor of his beloved wifeΒ Louise. Boldt.

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Boldt Castle (Photo Credit: glycine_E)

However, only a few months before completion, sadly Louise passed away leaving George to completely stop construction and the beautiful castle vacant for over seventy years.

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Inside Stairway (Photo Credit: Janette)

Now this beautiful mansion is open for site seeing, take a tour boat and visit the many structures this castle has to offer!

Ausable Chasm

Adventure Trail (Photo Credit: Ausable Chasm)

There couldn’t be a better one stop destination for adventure, views and escape from the world. Just an hour from Montreal, Canada, there’s something for everyone to be found at what’s also called The Grand Canyon of the Adirondacks. From a relaxing tube ride to rock climbing and rappelling, there’s just so much to conquer and explore here, making it a must do in upstate New York!

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Rushing River (Photo Credit:Annie Stoltie)




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