8 Places in New York State you Must See Before you Die

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New York State is historic, iconic, and most of all, beautiful.

From Niagra Falls in the West to the sandy beaches of Long Island in the East. There is no denying that New York is a state that's brimming with beautiful places to see.

Stumped on where to start? Reference this handy guide comprised of bucket list-worthy destinations for some help in planning your next trip or weekend getaway.

Opus 40 | Saugerties, NY

A unique sculpture park and museum located in Upstate New York, Opus 40 is known as one of the largest works of art on the continent. It features 55 acres of meadows, forested paths, and bluestone quarries. Perfect for a scenic day trip, the park is open 5 days a week from April to November. You can buy tickets online here.

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Watkins Glen State Park | Watkins Glen, NY

An absolutely breathtaking state park located in the Finger Lakes Region, Watkins Glen will leave you spellbound with its ethereal scenery. It takes about 2 to 3 hours to walk through the park in its entirety. Hike through caves, around waterfalls, and over bridges, as you enjoy your time outdoors taking in all the beauty that is this iconic natural wonder.

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City Hall Station | Manhattan, NY

This abandoned subway station was the very first to open back in 1904. It closed in 1945. Since then, it has remained pristine despite its abandonment. To see this hidden gem you must ride the downtown 6 train and stay on once it reaches its final stop at the Brooklyn Bridge/City Hall station. The train will then make a u-turn through the abandoned station.

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Ausable Chasm | Ausable Chasm, NY

Known as one of the most popular attractions of the Adirondack Mountains, Ausable is often referred to as the Grand Canyon of New York. There are many different tours offered here. Depending on your preference, you can choose to go rock climbing, rafting, tubing, rappelling, camping, hiking, and so much more.

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Pollelpel Island | Newburgh, NY

Built in the early 1900s, this castle was abandoned back in the 20s and has been decaying ever since. A fascinating place to walk around and explore, walking tours are available from May through October.

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The Hawk's Nest Lookout | Sparrow Bush, NY

Located high above the Deleware River near Port Jervis, Hawk's Nest is a scenic overlook that provides winding roads and breathtaking views of the Deleware River Valley. Fun fact: Marvel movie Dr. Strange was filmed here.

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Niagara Falls | Niagara Falls, NY

Known for its jaw-dropping scenic beauty, Niagra Falls is something every New Yorker should see at least once in their lifetime. Hike the gorge, explore the scenic parkway, or relax on the Niagra Wine Trail while you're there.

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Niagara FallsKalen Emsley

Six Mile Creek | Ithaca, NY

This gorge is a diverse ecological area consisting of streams, gorges, waterfalls, marshland, and forest. Considered a moderately challenging route, it takes an average of 1 h 43 min to complete. Here you will find a gorgeous waterfall and a watermill that is slowly being reclaimed by nature.

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