New York City is certainly nothing to sneeze at, but there’s more to the Empire State than the Big Apple. Once you’ve had your fill of Rockefeller Center, Fifth Avenue, Radio City Music Hall and Central Park, head north in your diesel RV or Class A motorhome. There’s a whole different world awaiting you, and motorhomes are ideal for getting there without hassles or unnecessary expense.
The Catskill Mountains
Take a breath of fresh air just two hours from the city in the Catskills. The region boasts wildlife preserves, ski resorts, alpine forests, and waterfalls. The hiking trails can’t be beaten, and their scenic views have inspired many renowned landscape painters.
If that sounds a little too tame for you, try an aerial view from a zip line that’s 600 feet above the ground. Fifty miles per hour all on your own at that elevation feels a lot faster than it does in a Class A toy hauler or RUV.
The Catskill Mountains are a great destination for families, couples or outdoor adventure clubs. Keep an eye out for Rip Van Winkle, the legendary local hero, and power-napper, and be sure to try the outstanding regional wines.
The Buffalo Niagara Region
Sixteen million visitors per year, many of them honeymooners, can’t be wrong.
In addition to the splendid Niagara Falls, Buffalo has undergone a remarkable transformation over the last several years. The vibrant waterfront scene, outdoor music festivals, unique art galleries, and stunning new architecture exist in perfect harmony with Buffalo’s historical roots.
There’s always something going on. The Canalside area hosts more than 1,000 events per year. Science museums offer immersive learning events for the whole family. Biking, boating, kayaking, whitewater rafting, and ice skating are favorite pastimes. Wait until you’re positively famished to visit the Anchor Bar, home of the original Buffalo wings.
The Falls are just 30 minutes north of Buffalo in your gas RV. The famous Maid of the Mist boat tours, which take a turn in Ontario, leave every 15 minutes. If you can work up the nerve, take a jet-boat tour to get closer to the roaring falls than you ever dreamed possible.
Essex County is one of the oldest vacation destinations in the U.S. It has twice hosted the Winter Olympics, and it continues to attract those who like to ski, sail, fish, hike, golf, bird-watch or watch the sunset over Mirror Lake or Lake Placid. Lake Placid is still a training ground for each new generation of athletes.
Community festivals, free summer concerts, biking, golf, a thriving arts scene and unique winter sports events make this a diverse destination with something for everyone. Don’t miss the challenging hiking opportunities in the Adirondack High Peaks.
Motorhomes and RVs flock to this lovely, eclectic town for all kinds of entertainment.
It’s a hub for thoroughbred horse racing and home to the Saratoga Race Course. History buffs will appreciate the Saratoga National Historic Park, which is devoted to the Revolutionary War. There’s an impressive automobile museum in town, and Saratoga Spa State Park features mineral pools and dozens of species of migratory songbirds. The Saratoga Performing Arts Center is respected around the world.
Whether you see it from a Class C motorhome or another Thor Motor Coach RV, New York is well worth seeing.