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Whether it’s whitewater rafting, kayaking, or simply walking across the Walkway Over the Hudson – the world’s longest pedestrian bridge – to enjoy the gorgeous view, the Hudson River has something for everyone all along its trail from Albany to New York City. Enjoy whitewater rafting in the Adirondack Mountains, or go kayaking in Hudson River Park.
The Thousand Islands, scattered across both American and Canadian waters, are a haven for water enthusiasts. In addition to landmarks like the Antique Boat Museum and Boldt Castle on Alexandria Bay, visitors can enjoy a variety of seaside activities including boating, fishing, and scuba diving to explore the wrecks of the St. Lawrence River.
The Catskill Mountains in the southeast corner of the state span approximately 111 miles (178.6 kilometers), and much of the state-owned grounds of the 700,000-acre Catskill Park is open to campers, as well as “glampers.” Stake your spot along the various hiking trails, including the 26-mile (41.8-kilometer) Catskill Scenic Trail – which you can walk, cycle, ski, or ride through on horseback.
In the northern part of the state, the Adirondack Mountains are home to numerous ski resorts offering a host of winter activities, including skiing, snowboarding, and snowmobiling. Additional winter activities are also available, such as ice fishing, dog sledding, and ice climbing. The Cascade Ski Center even holds a Full Moon Party each year, complete with bonfires and live music. You’ll find no better outdoor destination in the colder months.
Explore the famous waterfall from the American side by visiting the stunning Niagara Falls State Park, whose landscape architect, Frederick Law Olmsted, also designed Central Park in New York City. Hiking trails are available along the Gorge and the Rapids, to be selected according to the level of challenge. You can also explore the Erie Canal by boat or bike.