Best & top Hidden visiting Places in New York, Top Family Secret Vacation spots & Destination in New York, Most Beautiful gems Traveling Wallpapers & Popular Pictures HD resorts images for Desktop backgrounds, Sometimes the best travel destinations to go and visit are the least well known. Take, for example, the state of New York. Sure, it is famous throughout the world for its eponymous city. You’d be surprised at how many other wonderful, out of the way places there are to see, however.
Here is a list of 9 ‘secret locations’ that will offer you a wide variety of exciting and interesting things to do. From high end shopping, to hiking and interactive museums, these relatively unknown travel spots have everything you want, and more. You’ll find you can have a wonderful time, without the irritations of traffic congestion, overpriced parking lots, and overly long waiting lines.
The Empire Brewing Company
Located in Syracuse, this is a great spot for good food, music and a range of award-winning, locally produced beers. Referring to themselves as a brewpub, the brewers pride themselves on using only the freshest local ingredients in their food; and you can savor a delicious Sunday brunch to the sounds of local musicians. Of course, there is an amazing range of different hand-crafted beers, and you’ll be spoiled for choice when it comes to selecting what you want to drink. This list really does go on and on, but there are a few that stand out: there’s Black Magic Stout, which won the World Beer Cup Gold Award and the multiple award winning, Skinny Atlas Kolsch, named after Skaneateles Lake from which the water for the beer comes. The Empire Brewing Company is a delightful place to enjoy friends, food, music and a great glass of beer.
The Strong National Museum of Play
Now here is a place that is one of New York’s truly magical destinations. Situated in Rochester, the museum is one of a few in the world that is entirely devoted to play, toys and all things fun and has the largest collection of toys and artifacts in the world. The idea for the museum came from Margaret Woodbury Strong, whose own personal collection of toys and toy memorabilia served as the starting point for the hundreds of thousands items now housed under its roof. The museum has an unimaginable number of things to do, and it has been modernized to include exhibits involving video games, television shows and comic books. Visitors can immerse themselves in Sesame Street, eGameRevolution and the ever-delightful Dancing Wings Butterfly Garden, which boasts the largest number of butterflies for an indoor garden in New York.
The Westchester Mall
Situated in White Plains, this is an ideal secret spot for those people who want a little bit of retail therapy. Perhaps it’s not surprising that in an area where the likes of the Rockefellers had estates you’ll find a shopping mecca, filled with over 150 stores and restaurants. The Mall has a range of shops to suit all pocketbooks, but if you’re after high-end merchandise, you can’t do better than The Mall. It is renowned for housing luxury retailers such as Tiffany’s & Co, Louis Vuitton, Hugo Boss, Salvatore Ferragamo, Gucci, Neiman Marcus, Nordstrom’s, to name only a few. The service is impeccable, and you’ll be delighted with all the customer amenities that are available. After you’ve shopped til your heart’s content, you can recharge yourself at any of the wonderful eating places and restaurants, making it an ideal place to spend the day.
Darwin Martin House
This has to be on any list of top secret places, and is an architectural wonder by any standards. It was designed by Frank Lloyd Wright as a family home for Darwin D. Martin in 1903-1905; and is considered by many scholars to be the best example of Wright’s Prairie period. Six interlocked and interconnected buildings were constructed so as to appear as one, unified complex; and visitors are treated to hundreds of specimens of art glass created by the architect himself, including the notable, “Tree of Life” window. The gardens—subdued and simple–perfectly compliment the overall ambiance and feel. The original buildings in the complex suffered extensive damage over the years. In the early 1990’s a corporation was formed to ensure the complete renovation of the complex to its original state, however. The restoration continues today, but does not detract from the visitor’s enjoyment of the buildings.
Sure, you’ve heard of Niagara Falls, but New York has many waterfalls, in fact. Triphammer Falls, located in Cornell University, Ithaca, is one of the most breathtaking; and well worth the trip to see. The university was developed by Ezra Cornell, who was enchanted by the natural splendor of the Fall River and its gorge. Triphammer Falls is one of several in the area, but its central location makes it an easy spot to reach for tourists. The best views can be seen from the East Avenue Bridge or Triphammer Foot Bridge. Immediately next to the Falls is the Hydraulic Lab. The building, which was used for scientific purposes, used materials so similar to the surrounding stones that it looks like it was built out of the gorge itself. Tourists from around the world visit this little secret spot to revel in its exquisite beauty.
Albany is the capital of New York; and as is befitting of a capital, it is an architectural gem. Of the historic buildings, the Capitol Building is one of the most beautiful and majestic. It is located on the oldest street in Albany, the first “main street”, and construction took over 3 decades and the efforts of 5 architects to complete. Finished in 1899, the style is described as Romanesque, and offers a visual array of arches, massive walls, and towers; at its peak, the building is roughly 200ft (about 67m) high. The building cost a whopping $25 million dollars, but once you stand in front of its white granite and marble façade, you’ll be suitably impressed. An interesting fact about the building is that it was originally designed to have a dome, but there wasn’t enough money to complete that plan.
This New York location, 13 minutes away from Lake Placid, has been one of the best kept secrets of the rich and famous since the late 19th century. It is the 5th highest mountain in the continental United States, and when visibility is good, its summit affords you a spectacular view of the surrounding Adirondack Mountains, Vermont and even Montreal. Whiteface was the site of the Winter Olympics in 1932 and again in 1980, so if you’re interested in skiing for the day, you can’t get better than its east slope, although it does has a range of slopes for skiers of different skills. During the summer there are gondola rides that allow you to dangle over the 3,166ft (965m) drop; and exhilarating mountain bike routes. If you’re a bit less adventurous, you can park at Whiteface Castle, constructed entirely from granite; and take footpaths or tunnels to the top.
The Fenimore Art Museum
Located in Cooperstown, the Fenimore Art Museum is one of the leading art museums in the country. It has an unbelievable collection of early American Folk art and Native American art, offering permanent as well as limited exhibitions. The Thaw Collection of American Indian Art was donated to the museum by Eugene and Clare Thaw, who privately had collected over 250 objects d’art, before deciding that these pieces needed to have a wider viewing audience. After considering a number of different locations, the Thaws felt that the Cooperstown museum was the ideal place. The pieces—which include clothing, baskets, bags, pottery and jewelry–offer examples of crafts from widely diverse geographic locations, including tribes from the Plains, the Woodlands, the Southwest and California, to mention only a few. Nowhere else will you be able to see such an extensive collection of rare pieces of Native American art.
Amberg Wine Cellars
Once you visit this private winery located in Seneca Castle, you’ll agree that it’s one of the best secret locations New York has to offer. On the Finger Lakes Winery tour, the Amberg Wine Cellar is one of 120 wineries in the area. It is family owned and run, and the proprietors regularly hold themed events which make the wine tasting even more fun. It’s a year-round destination, but during the winter or spring, you’ll get a much more intimate experience. You should always check for opening hours, and make sure to eat breakfast before you sample the bevvy of wines that are available. Top of the list to try is The Red Baron, especially if you’re fond of red, semi-sweet wines. No hassle, no traffic, no crime, Amberg Wine Cellars offer a great New York experience without any of the worry. Just make sure you have a designated driver.