The Best Destinations For an Upstate Weekend in New York

Finger Lakes
Finger Lakes. Photo by Brian Tafel on Unsplash

If you’re looking to escape the hustle and noise of New York City for a weekend without going too far, you may want to consider a beautiful escape upstate, where you can enjoy seasonal activities, nature, and time with friends and family.

Catskill Mountains

The Catskills are beautiful any time of year, and offer an escape into fresh air with many activities such as hiking, lake activities, and water sports. Only about 2-3 hours from NYC by car, the Catskills are a perfect mountain escape for you and your friends. The foliage is also gorgeous hear during peak season, in October and November.

Hyde Park

if you’re looking for a touch of history and scenery, visit Hyde Park in the Hudson Valley. This is home to historical landmarks such as Franklin D Roosevelt’s library and the Vanderbilt Mansion. Take the scenic route along the Hudson River for breathtaking views and hike as well.

Saratoga Springs

Widely known for its mineral springs and historic racetrack, and a charming downtown area filled with quaint shops, galleries, and cafes. Whether you’re into nature, art, or history, Saratoga Springs is a must on any Upstate trip.

Finger Lakes Region

Immerse yourself in the wonder of the eleven glacier lakes, and taste your way through the region with award-winning wines from across the region.