Ontario is undeniably beautiful, but there are a lot of incredible places just south of its border as well. Secluded coves, hidden waterfalls, towering mountains and breathtaking canyons can all be found in the US.

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The best part? Many of them lie along a path from Toronto to New York City. If you're looking to visit the Big Apple, skip your usual route for the one below: It may add a few extra hours to your trip, but if you're up for an adventure, it'll surely satisfy your wanderlust:



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Chimney Bluffs

The Chimney Bluffs are a dramatic landscape along the Lake Ontario shore. A quaint pebble beach is lined by towering mud cliffs that feature a set of uniquely-shaped spires. It's a perfect place to stop for a quick break off the road.


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Robert H Treman State Park

Robert H Treman State Park is home to Lucifer Falls, a hidden gem that stretches 115 feet into the sky. Paved stone trails and staircases will take you in and around the park where you'll come across variety of scenic spots.


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Kaaterskill Falls

Kaaterskill Falls is a two-stage waterfall in the eastern Catskill Mountains of New York. The 260-foot waterfall has been one of the region's most treasured sites, with its base being a popular local swimming hole in the warmer months.


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Peekamoose Blue Hole

The Peekamoose Blue Hole is a "secret" swimming hole in the Catskills forest that offers an escape from the hustle and bustle of city life. Known for its rich blue waters, the hole is a great place to cool off in the heat of the summer.


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Pollepel Island

Pollepel Island features the massive ruins of a historic Scottish Castle. The island, which was once uninhabited, is rumoured to be haunted by native spirits, making it a particularly interesting place to explore. The island is accessible by boat or kayak.


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