Are you looking for a getaway (day trip or weekend trip) from the city? These are the best places to visit and things to do upstate New York.

Popular areas or regions in upstate New York include Central New York, the Catskills, the Hudson Valley, the Adirondacks, the Finger Lakes, Thousand Islands, Niagara Frontier, and Chautauqua-Allegheny. The exact definition of upstate is still up to debate and depending on who you ask. For most people who live in New York City, upstate is north of us or above NYC.

Note that I can only share places I’ve been and things I’ve done or want to do. I tend to often opt for day trips since I live in Brooklyn. For places that are further than 3 hour drive, I’d recommend doing it over the weekend. I have a lot of day trip/road trip ideas, so be sure to read to the end for links.



  1. Haines Falls – Kaaterskill Falls 
  2. Beacon – Dia: Beacon
  3. Hudson – must-visit shops & must-try restraurants on Warren Street
  4. Pine Plains – Stissing House
  5. Phoenicia – Pheonicia Diner
  6. Catskill – Piaule
  7. Ghent – Art Omi
  8. Lake George
  9. Keene – Indian Head, Adirondack Mountain Reserve 
  10. High Falls – Table Rocks, Mohonk Preserve
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1. Kaaterskill Falls, Haines Falls

Kaaterskill Falls trail is rated as easy with a moderate climb if you decide to hike to the bottom of the falls. It’s kid and family friendly and takes about 2 hours to finish.

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Kaaterskill Falls – fall 2023 – BLOG POST HERE

2. Dia: Beacon, Beacon

Contemporary art museum (many large scale pieces), opened in 2003 and operated in a former Nabisco box printing factory.

3 Beekman Street, Beacon, New York

Friday–Monday, 10 am–5 pm 

Arrive before 4 pm for admission. BOOK TICKETS HERE!

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3. Hudson



  • Kitty’s Market Café – amazing rotisserie chicken & chicken sandwich. It’s right across the street from the train station if you’re taking the Amtrak. Stop by early because they tend to close down early. 

  • Feast & Floret – Italian inspired food, wine, local flowers and more

  • Cafe Mutton – the most aesthetically pleasing shop with amazing and delicious brunch menu

  • Talbott and Arding – more than a cheese shop

  • The Maker – It’s a hotel, but come to the cafe to grab a coffee and pastries.

  • Culture Cream – ice cream that’s good for the gut


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Warren Street – Hudson, NY on the first day of snow in 2022
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Red Chair on Warren – Hudson, NY
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Kitty’s – Hudson, NY

Check out Olana, a castle with Moorish accents atop the mountain. It’s built by Frederic Edwin Church, a major figure in the Hudson River School of painting. 

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Olana State Historic Site – Hudson, NY

4. Stissing House, Pine Plains

One of the oldeast taverns in the US. Built in 1782! Read about its history HERE.

Clare de Boer is the chef/proprietor.

7801 S Main St, Pine Plains, NY 12567


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Stissing House’s ambiance

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5. Phoenicia Diner, Phoenicia

Must-stop diner serving fresh food sourced from Catskills and Hudson Valley farmsBuilt in 1962!

5681 NY-28, Phoenicia, NY 12464

Walk-in, no reservations!

6. Piaule Catskill

Staying at Piaule is on my bucket list! Built in 2015!

333 Mossy Hill Rd, Catskill, NY 12414


7. Art Omi

Arts center ft. a 120-acre Sculpture & Architecture Park, contemporary art gallery with residency and art programs. Formely known as Omi International Center.

1405 Co Rte 22, Ghent, NY 12075

It is free to the public and open daily.


8. Lake George

The popular vacation destination in the Adirondacks, New York.

I stayed at a hotel here overnight in order to make it to Indian Head hike early the next day last fall (fall 2022). Highly recommend a night stay and wander the town in the morning!

Check out Lake George’s official travel page here!

9. Indian Head, Keene

Preview the trail on Alltrails here!

This is one of the best hikign trail I’ve done upstate New York thus far. I did it in the fall of 2022, and I’d say timing it to be at peak fall foliage was the most challenging part. And as you can see from the very yellow and brown foliage photos, it’s a couple of days past peak. It’s the parking reservation system that they’ve been doing that makes it a bit more difficult to get to. So please plan ahead & RESERVE HERE!


10. Table Rocks Trail (Mohonk Preserve), High Falls

I did this trail with a group of people hosted by the team at The Northface – Instagram post here.

Trail is pretty easy and flat, 3.4 miles, and it takes about 1 hours and 30 minutes out and back.

Preview the trail on Alltrails here!



  • Watkins Glen – Watkins Glen State Park & town

  • Letchworth State Park

  • Buttermilk Falls State Park

  • Finger Lakes

  • Au Sable – Ausable Chasm

  • Green Lakes State Park

  • Chittenango Falls 

  • Niagara Falls & Buffalo

  • Cooperstown

  • Sleepy Hollow

  • Woodstock

  • Lake Placid

  • Saratoga Springs

  • Corning
  • Ithaca