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Five things to do in upstate New York


New York is one of the world’s most famous cities. Millions from around the globe travel there every single year to experience the hustle and bustle of the city, its skyscrapers, shopping malls and historic attractions. But how many actually travel outside the city and head north?

There are many beautiful landscapes and cities to be seen. Pick up rental car at New York Airport and make your way to Upstate New York.

Here are five things to see and do while you’re there.
Tour Strawberry Fields
The gorgeous, small town of Skaneateles is a four and a half hour drive north of New York City. Surrounding the area are dozens of berry farms, where you can pick your own. Take along your biggest basket and head out with the family to spend hours picking the sweetest looking strawberries. Most of the farms open in June, when the strawberries begin to ripen.

Thousand Islands
Just over six hours north west of New York City sit the beautiful natural phenomenon known as the Thousand Islands. Take a guided diving tour to explore the underwater depths of the area or go kayaking on the water. There are also may historic sites to visit,, such as Boldt Castle. There are even quaint restaurants where you can dine in style and boutique shops at villages scattered throughout the region.

Hike the Adirondack Mountains (pictured)
These mountains are often described as an “outdoor paradise” with more than 2,000 miles of hiking trails and more than 3,000 lakes and ponds.  With a seemingly endless view of surrounding mountains, there are more than 40 with summits above 4,000 feet above sea level. The highest and one of the most distinctive is Mount Marcy, at 5,344 feet. Here you’ll also find the state’s highest lake, called Lake Tear, which flows into the Hudson River.
Finger Lakes Wine tour
With nearly 10,000 acres of vineyards on sloping hillsides at more than 120 different wineries, it’s no wonder thousands of visitors choose to flock to the Finger Lakes region. The area’s specialties include sparkling wines, pinot noir and Riesling. There are many great wine trails to choose from, including the Cayuga Lake Wine Trail or the historic Keuka Lake Wine Trail, where wine growing dates back to the 1860s.

National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum
This Cooperstown museum is touted as the “home of baseball” and a place to honour one of America’s greatest games. At this site you’ll learn about baseball’s early years and how it has evolved over the generations. But perhaps the most interesting section of the museum is where you learn about some of the greatest men and women to ever take to the field. Of course, this includes exploring the early days and post careers of famous names such as the one and only Babe Ruth.


Brianna Piazza is an Australian television reporter and part-time travel blogger. Originally from Melbourne, she's currently living in Cairns where she works for WIN News and spends her weekends exploring the outdoors Far North Queensland.

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