New York has been a top travel destination for decades, but there are way more things to do in the state than just visit New York City! This year, skip the tourist traps and go off the beaten track. From the vibrant hub of Manhattan to the often-overlooked boroughs of New York City, the Big Apple is full of hip bars, intriguing art, and unique cultures. Farther upstate and west towards Canada lie tranquil lakes, expansive hiking trails, and breathtaking waterfalls. The natural beauty of New York is a well-kept secret that's worth taking the time to explore.

01Indulge in nature at Lake Placid

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Nestled in the Adirondack Mountains, you'll find the quaint village of Lake Placid. The town hosted two Winter Olympics, but its breathtaking natural beauty makes it the perfect place to visit in any season. Although the area is small and tranquil, the town itself is full of contemporary art galleries, luxurious spas, high-end shops, and tasty restaurant options. If you want to spend your time in nature, Lake Placid is home to miles of trails to hike, bike, or run along. When you need a rest, set up camp along one of the nearby lakes or head into the mountains for a more secluded spot.