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.
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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.