When you add the fact that there are more than 7,000 lakes and ponds, plus the Adirondack, Catskill and (a good chunk of) the Appalachian mountain ranges, you get the picture that it is get-out-and-smell-the-pine-trees camping and glamping wonderland. It’s hard for us to say where the best camping in upstate New York is, but, luckily, there are hundreds of Tentrr campsites to choose from.
The Catskill region not only has jaw-dropping views from your campsite, but also some of the best hiking, kayaking, trail running, mountain biking, zip-lining and fishing around. Roscoe, NY (“Trout Town, USA”) is one of the top fly-fishing destinations in the country. There is a reason that people are calling it the “Camptons”. It’s because the Catskills also has some of the coolest farm-to-table restaurants, craft breweries/distilleries, curated vintage shops, and killer coffee spots.
Picture a wooden canoe gliding across a pristine lake in the morning mist and a stunning mountain ridge rising out of the valley. This pretty much sums it up. Larger than Yosemite, Yellowstone, Grand Canyon, Glacier, and the Great Smokies National Parks combined, it is simply some of the most beautiful land in the world and has a ton to offer. While Lake George is a popular summer-fun destination, there are near-limitless ways to enjoy and explore. The 46 Adirondack peaks offer some of the best hiking in the country, with options for all levels and abilities. And with 3,000 lakes, it’s not hard to find a good spot to go for a spin in your canoe (don’t worry…there are lots of canoe and kayak rental outposts). This is a place that reconnects you with nature. Especially if you’re tent camping.
The Hudson River Valley inspired a whole school of painters, and with very good reason. It’s spectacular. And as if that weren’t enough of a reason to make the pretty drive up the Taconic Parkway, towns like Hudson, Beacon, Kingston, Catskill and Tivoli are in the midst of a re-awakening, attracting talented creatives who are opening restaurants, studios and shops of all kinds. It’s also highly productive farmland, with hundreds of family farms raising outstanding produce, meats and fowl. Apples in particular. New York State is the second-largest producer of apples in the country and about one quarter of them are grown in the Hudson Valley. Stop at a roadside farm stand and get ready for a heavenly meal under the stars.