New York has so much to offer, and it's really not that far from Montreal at all. Not only is New York City one of the biggest most exciting cities in the world, the rest of the state actually has some unbelievable sites as well.
If you've ever thought about what the rest of New York might have going on, then you're in for a treat! So whether you have 5 days off, 10 days off or an entire month off, there's something for everyone to enjoy this summer in the state of New York!
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1. Adirondack Forest
Distance From Montreal: 2 hours 30 mins
Located in the Adirondacks Forest on Tupper Lake, is a magical place called The Wild Center. They've set up a trail across the treetops of the forest equipped with speakers playing music, a chance to see rare animals in the park, stairwells within tree trunks, and a spider's web net so you can be suspended above the forest floor!
2. Watkins Glen
Distance From Montreal: 5 hours 37 mins
This magical state park located in New York is one you definitely shouldn't miss. This park is filled with hidden gems along the hiking trails like flowing waterfalls, secret underground caves and sparkling streams!
3. Skaneateles Lake
Distance From Montreal: 4 hours 43 mins
This lake located in Skaneateles, New York looks like the water in Caribbean, it's so clear and turquoise. It's almost impossible to believe it's a lake! This waterfront town is filled with cute shops, restaurants and places for tourists to explore and stay a while.
4. Shelving Rock Falls
Distance From Montreal: 3 hours 22 mins
This secluded spot is perfect if you're looking to chase some waterfalls this summer. Hike from the road into the middle of the forest to find this secluded spot for a refreshing dip and if you want to continue hiking down the path you'll run into Lake George!
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Distance From Montreal: 4 hours 24 mins
Woodstock is full of cool and hip things for visitors to enjoy. Enjoy their main strip Tinker Street full of shops selling classic Woodstock-y things like tie dye shirts, and galleries filled with art and pottery. You can also find hiking trails up to Plateau Mountain for breathtaking views of the lush green forest below!
2. Ausable Chasm
Distance From Montreal: 1 hour 26 mins
One of the coolest natural lazy river's is less than 2 hours away from Montreal! Float down the refreshing water in a big floaty raft with your friends and family and enjoy the nature surrounding you. You can also hike through the surrounding woods!
3. Bannerman Island
Distance From Montreal: 5 hours
Bannerman Island is a tiny island located on New York's Hudson River and is home to the ruins of Bannerman Castle. The castle was built in 1901 to store ammunition, but experienced an unfortunate explosion in 1918 causing the damage to the castle. Now, this island is available for kayak tours and walking tours of the grounds!
4. Oneida Lake
Distance From Montreal: 4 hours 13 mins
If you're looking for the ultimate cottage weekend escape, this lake is the one to visit. You can go camping at Verona Beach State Park, go kayaking or boating on the clear blue waters, or bring your family to Sylvan Beach Amusement Park!
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1. New York City
Distance From Montreal: 6 hours
I bet you were all wondering when NYC would pop up on this list, well here it is! If you're going to NYC you've definitely got to give yourself a month to explore it because there's just so much to see. The city is sprawling and it's packed full with amazing museums, restaurants, music and activities!
2. Lake Placid
Distance From Montreal: 2 hours 6 mins
Located in the Adirondacks, Lake Placid is a dream come true for nature lovers. The water is peaceful and clear, there's tons of activities to indulge in like hiking, paddling, mountain biking, and white water rafting!
Distance From Montreal: 4 hours 8 mins
Syracuse, New York has tons to offer visitors. There's clear blue lakes with hidden waterfalls, the city is full of great restaurants and music venues, and you can go on a wine-tasting tour!
4. Finger Lakes
Distance From Montreal: 5 hours 5 mins
This area of New York gets its name from the multiple long thin lakes, looking like fingers. This area is filled with cute vineyards to go on wine-tasting tours. They also have museums, farmers markets, zipling, hiking trips and tons of scenic areas to explore!