Welcome to Fifty Grande’s Best of the U.S. Bucket List series. This is your one-stop travel guide to the best, most unique and quintessential experiences of a city, state or event. Want to know how to “do” New York State? We’ve got you covered. Curated by experts, vetted by in-the-know locals, this is all you need to have the best trip ever. If we’ve written a Bucket List, we recommend you go. If it’s on this list, it’s the best the city has to offer right now. Consider this your one-stop answer to “What are the best things to do in New York State?”
Simultaneously a haven for perennially unsatisfied thrill-seekers and a refuge for those yearning for unencumbered calm, New York is a state of complementary contrasts. Broadly divided into ten regions, the state’s geography is as diverse as its citizenry: folks living in Western New York barely resemble New York City residents in temperament, cultural pursuits and even political leanings — a fact most acutely noticeable within the roster of pursuits offered in each area. Of the regions, New York City is the most recognized, of course. But New Yorkers also reside in Long Island, Hudson Valley, Capital District, Mohawk Valley, Western New York, Finger Lakes, Southern Tier, Central New York and North Country.
From exciting hiking trails to an archipelago of more than 1,800 islands straddling the Canadian border and, of course, a deep dive into New York City, consider this your guide to the very best things to do in New York state right now.