Arizona is home to the jaw-dropping Grand Canyon, crazy desert wildlife, and very hot summers.
#1 E. M. Mills Memorial Rose Garden
This century-old Syracuse rose garden has all the wonderment of Alice and Wonderland…minus a sultry pipe-smoking caterpillar. The garden, located inside of Thornden Park, holds 368 varieties of roses, totaling nearly 4000 plants. How could it be better? You can get married there.
#2 Whiteface Mountain
As New York’s fifth highest peak, Whiteface Mountain offers a truly unique experience. From atop this Adirondack mountain you can gaze upon hundreds of square miles of pure nature, which spans as far east as Vermont and as far north as Canada. Probably the best part is the elevator that runs deep inside of the mountain. And yes, there is even a stone castle at the top.
#3 Boldt Castle
Boldt Castle was commissioned in the turn of the 20th century by George C. Boldt as a sort of gift to his wife, Louis. Modeled after 16th century Rhineland castles (thousand year-old German castles), the castle boasts 120 rooms, large plate glass windows, terra cotta-decorated granite walls, an indoor swimming pool, and an underground passageway to the water. The Boldt manner also consists of a playhouse, a clocktower, and a yacht house, which features several of the original boats used by the family. All of the structures have been converted into museums; meaning almost everything is able to viewed, from the the decadently beautiful to the richly historical.
#4 Chimney Bluffs
These steep and daunting (but somehow so beautiful…) mud cliffs are located on the south bank of Lake Ontario. Inland lay forest, swamps, and a myriad of wildlife untouched by developers and the modern world. The Bluffs are a formation of glacial drumlin (that is, mud, sand and stone that has essentially been ‘snowballed’ together by glacial movement) and over time has been eroded by the tide, rain, snow and wind. Unfortunately swimming is not allowed, but when you go be sure to take a scenic hike. And definitely bring your camera.
#5 Watkins Glen State Park
It’s hard to believe Watkins Glen State Park is a real place and not a set out of Lord of The Rings. Located on the Southern tip of Seneca Lake, and only two miles long, the Glen is home to beautiful natural pools, cascading gorges, stone bridges and passageways, and 19 waterfalls (some as high as 60 feet). The surrounding town of Seneca Lake is known for it’s wine, so grab a bottle and head to the Glen for a picnic.