Where you can find some of the best views in NY

This 17 mile long state park is worth all of the hype. Letchworth State Park, also known as the Grand Canyon of the east includes 3 waterfalls, restaurants, hiking trails, and no shortage of spectacular look-outs requiring zero effort to enjoy.

It was named after William Pryor Letchworth who fought until he died to preserve the natural beauty of this land. Before he passed, he gave the land and estate to the State of NY to be used as a public park to ensure its preservation.

For $10/car, I’d say we got our money’s worth. I was lucky enough to spot a double rainbow above middle falls, my personal favorite of the 3 waterfalls.

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Great bend look out was the first spectacular overlook that I remember and looking back at the pictures, I see why it was so memorable. I’d say don’t look down, but then you would miss the view! 😉

 

FOOD AND DRINKS:

There is a restaurant and Inn on site formerly belonging to Mr. William Letchworth himself. His old country estate is now the Glenn Iris Inn. In Greek, Iris actually translates to rainbow. The fact that I witnessed a double rainbow above middle falls, just adds to this already amazing trip.

 

Highly recommend the Almond Joy cold brew cocktail. After hiking over 300 stairs on a 90 degree day, it brought me back to life. There was whipped cream and a cherry on top, but it looks like I consumed it before I decided to snap the pic. The strawberry daiquiri was a little too icy for my taste, I prefer a much smoother blend. The cajun-style burger with bacon was phenomenal. Although there was air conditioning indoors, for some reason we ate outside on the patio (not my decision).

 

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Like this NY adventure? Then you would also like this ADK Island camping experience.

"Appreciating the outdoors is something I think everyone should work on. The natural beauty of the world breeds happiness." -E

Adirondack Island Getaway

 

Did you know you can camp on an island in the Adirondack mountains of NY for $30 through the New York State DEC? Before this trip, I haven’t had much experience in the camping department, but I can honestly say I had a blast learning new things while enjoying some of the best views I have ever seen.

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We got to the campsite by boat. Secret: I’ve never driven a boat before.
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Towing the kayaks behind us, and running out of daylight (rookies.)

At Indian Lake Islands campground, you are secluded from other campers which is cool, but also a bit scary. This is a boat access only campground, but there are also campsites that are not on an island. TIP: You can rent a canoe from the campground or you can work with Indian Lake Marina 7 miles up the road and rent an actual boat (which is what we did). Being that there were no showers, no cell service, we slept in a tent, and used a pit privy (which is essentially a wooden porter potty if you can call it that,) I decided that renting a boat made me feel much safer. Seeing that we ran out of daylight while setting up camp, I’d say it was a good call. LOL. Had we tried kayaking like we originally planned, it would have turned into an episode of survivor.

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Only the essentials. BTW, Long Trail Brewing CO. beer is the perfect outdoor beer.

It was an amazingly unique experience waking up in the woods. Fire first thing, due to the fact that the charcoal we brought for the grill would not light–probably because we left it on the boat overnight (again, rookies).

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Foggy morning view.
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…and spaghettio’s & meatballs for lunch. Don’t judge me.

Feeding the little ducklings was adorable, they came so close to me!

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Bombing around on our little 16 Ft. rental boat was probably my favorite thing besides cooking food on the fire (nothing beats food, absolutely nothing). Gazing at all of the nearby mountains on the water cruising along was so peaceful. Did I mention there is even a little sandy beach? You can picnic there also. So in case camping is not for you, and you don’t want to stay the night in the woods with the bears, you can still go for the day and appreciate the beauty and maybe even snap some Instagram-worthy photos.

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3 words: Ice Cold Brewski. Okay two actual real words.
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The perfect set up. 

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The sunsets were like no other. Steak dinner and a view were a perfect combination making it another highlight of the trip.

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Now I am certainly more of a “glamper” (glamorous camper), but being able to say I legitimately camped and had a blast is a pretty good feeling. Now although I was excited to get back to civilization, I highly recommend this campground—if not just for the sense of accomplishment, for the views. The leaves just starting to change, the fog in the morning, the reflection on the water of the trees, the mountains in the background, the islands, and I could go on. Happy camping and be sure to follow my next journey via Instagram 🙂

Most photos were taken with my Canon EOS Rebel T6 DSLR.

 

-E