Summer is here and so are the outdoor adventures! Outside Magazine recently released the top 36 best places to visit in the United States for adventure and, luckily for us New Yorkers, we made the list!

The Travel Award categories include best beach adventure, best river adventure, best road trip adventure and many more. New York State has been singled out as the location with the best mountain adventure in the nation, but which mountain range exactly?

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According to PeakVisor, New York State has 3849 named mountains across 3 major mountain ranges, Adirondack, Catskill and part of the Appalachian Mountains. Each range offers a variety of adventure with hiking, skiing and family fun.

Now that we have narrowed it down, which was named best in the Nation for outdoor mountain adventure? I can tell you this, the decision appears to be based in large part due to the newly available lodging in the region. Of course hiking, mountain-biking, fishing and boating were also key factors.

Photo by Thomas Loizeau on Unsplash
Photo by Thomas Loizeau on Unsplash

The Catskill Mountains were named the Best Mountain Adventure in the Country 2023! Along with a variety of activities, Outside Magazine identified the Chatwal Lodge and the De Bruce all-inclusive culinary stay as just 2 fine examples of what the area has to offer. Here are some other Catskill attractions to explore;

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Lainie Rae

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Stacker compiled a list of the best places to live in New York using data from Niche. Niche ranks places to live based on a variety of factors including cost of living, schools, health care, recreation, and weather. Cities, suburbs, and towns were included. Listings and images are from

On the list, there's a robust mix of offerings from great schools and nightlife to high walkability and public parks. Some areas have enjoyed rapid growth thanks to new businesses moving to the area, while others offer glimpses into area history with well-preserved architecture and museums. Keep reading to see if your hometown made the list.

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Many of the included towns jump out at the casual observer as popular summer-rental spots--the Ozarks' Branson, Missouri, or Arizona's Lake Havasu--it might surprise you to dive deeper into some quality-of-life offerings beyond the beach and vacation homes. You'll likely pick up some knowledge from a wide range of Americana: one of the last remaining 1950s-style drive-ins in the Midwest; a Florida town that started as a Civil War veteran retirement area; an island boasting some of the country's top public schools and wealth-earners right in the middle of a lake between Seattle and Bellevue; and even a California town containing much more than Johnny Cash's prison blues.

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