New York is known for a lot of things: delicious pizza, professional sports, tall buildings, old museums, and millions of pedestrians. There is still more to New York, however, and these are 5 of the spots in New York you don’t want to miss.
This century-old Syracuse rose garden has all the wonderment of Alice and Wonderland – minus a sultry pipe-smoking caterpillar. The garden, which is located inside of Thornden Park, holds 368 varieties of roses. There is a total of nearly 4000 plants. How could it be better? You can even get married there.
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.
Boldt Castle was commissioned at 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, which means almost everything is able to view, from the decadently beautiful to the richly historical.
These steep and daunting spots in New York (but somehow so beautiful), are mud cliffs are located on the south bank of Lake Ontario. Inland lay forest, swamps, and a myriad of other wildlife completely untouched by developers and the modern world. The Bluffs are a formation of a 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.
It’s hard to believe Watkins Glen State Park is a real spot in New York 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).