Condé Nast Traveler, the authority on worldwide travel trends, has released their highly anticipated list of the Best Places To Go In North America and the Caribbean in 2024. If you’re looking for a quick getaway from the NYC and want to travel in style, you’re in luck!
Upstate New York made CNTraveler’s list, and for good reason.
While New Yorkers (from NYC) are known for turning our noses at our neighbors from Upstate, we’ve got to admit that it is quite the hidden gem.
Robin Catalano of Condé Nast marks Upstate as the best place to travel for bucolic lodging, winter adventures, and exceptional stargazing.
“Exceptional new lodgings like Wildflower Farms and Augerge Resprts Collection make the Hudson Valley a top draw for travelers from further afield.”
Where in Upstate New York should you travel to in 2024?
Hudson Valley is a perennial favorite known for its vibrant small towns, nature preserves, culinary hotspots, and convenient proximity to the bustling city. In 2024, the region is set to unveil exciting opportunities for travelers to immerse themselves in its legendary landscapes.
In addition to the Hudson Valley’s attractions, New York State Parks will celebrate its centennial in 2024 with a host of engaging events, special performances, discounted admission fees, and volunteer initiatives. The renowned Storm King Art Center will introduce new enhancements, including hospitality pavilions, a cutting-edge conservation facility, and ADA-accessible pathways. Additionally, this summer marks the grand opening of Klocke Estates, offering artisanal brandy and spectacular views of the Catskills.
The Hudson Valley’s hospitality scene has undergone a remarkable transformation since 2020, making it a must-see destination for travelers worldwide. From the chic retreat Inness in Accord to Wildflower Farms, a part of the prestigious Auberge Resorts Collection, the region has become a top choice for global wanderers. The opening of The Front Boutique Hotel in Port Jervis will feature a 120-seat restaurant and convenient trail access, and the inauguration of The Ranch’s first East Coast property will be in spring.
If you venture just three hours away to the Adirondacks, you’ll find towering peaks replacing the Hudson River valleys. This vast region represents a fifth of the state, encompassing majestic forests, farmlands, mountains, and meadows. Experience the awe of April’s solar eclipse from the path of totality, stargazing at the Adirondack Sky Center, or explore the 34-mile Adirondack Rail Trail, set for completion by 2025.
Whiteface Mountain, one of the Adirondack High Peaks, will enhance your winter experience with a new detachable quad lift, granting access to more slopes. You can enjoy a peaceful retreat at the freshly renovated Lodge at Schroon Lake, reopened in June 2023 after a substantial $21 million renovation, or opt for NewVida Preserve—a members club turned traveler’s oasis spanning 2,000 acres with breathtaking 360-degree mountaintop views.
Embrace the tranquility and adventure that await in the Hudson Valley and Adirondacks in 2024!