Direct Energy loves all our customers across our wide service area, so we decided to take a gander at many of the places you live! With each stop in our Exploring Three Top Attractions in Your City series, we’ll highlight some of best things to do and see in many of the major locales we provide service. It’s a way for us to get to know your city and inform anyone else who may be interested in visiting.
When I think of the state of New York, I automatically think of New York City first, and I have a feeling I’m not alone. However, upstate New York, while overtly less popular, is not to be overlooked as a fantastic tourist destination. From historic castles and plunging falls to opportunities for skiing in the winter and hiking in the summer, there is plenty to do for just about everyone at any time of year.
While upstate New York is a broad area, I had to choose just three places to visit, but I think I found some great locales.
1) Explore Adirondack Park
This beautiful yet expansive park is 6 million acres in size. A portion of the park, 2.6 million acres to be exact, is owned by the State of New York for the purposes of preservation. Yet, while this area is deemed “Forever Wild” to prevent deforestation, it’s also a place where visitors can enjoy plenty of outdoor activities. Within that preserved area, 3,000 lakes and ponds are joined by 30,000 miles of rivers and streams, all of which are perfect for kayaking, canoeing, and fishing.
Also, Adirondack Park has over 2,000 miles of hiking trails that vary in distance and complexity. The remaining 3.4 million acres outside of the preserved area of Adirondack Park are privately owned and made up of towns, villages, farms, and businesses. This is where visitors can find lodging and restaurants to enjoy when they’re not in the park proper.
2) Visit Boldt Castle
Located on Heart Island, Boldt Castle is tucked within the breathtaking 1000 Islands. Since the castle is only accessible by water, plenty of water taxi options exist to take you to the island. Visitors can spend the day touring the 120-room Rhineland-style castle as well as the Powerhouse, Alster Tower, Arch, Dove Cote, Boldt Yacht House and the beautiful gardens.
George C. Boldt built this castle in the early 1900’s as a sign of his love for his wife, but construction was never completed. His wife abruptly died, and he could never bring himself to finish their dream home due to heartbreak. The site was left untouched until the ’70s when the State of New York took over and finished construction.
3) Take in the Sights at Niagara Falls
There is plenty to do around upstate New York, but I feel everyone should see Niagara Falls at least once in their lives. You can see the falls by hopping aboard the famous Maid of the Mist boat tour or get face-to-face with the massive falls at the Cave of the Winds all within Niagara Falls State Park.
In addition to the falls and state park, there are tons of other attractions to visit. Visitors can take part in activities like underground boat rides, helicopter tours, canal tours, vineyards, art galleries, gambling at a casino, and more. There is literally something for everyone!
Next up in our Exploring Three Top Attractions in Your City series: Philadelphia, PA!