Upstate New York's Finest Places You Must Visit

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Conesus Lake

Conesus Lake is the westernmost Finger Lake. Its July 3rd Ring of Fire, when 10,000 flares are lit around its edge and fireworks go off above, draws a lot of people. Nearby, the tiny village of Lakeville is home to the Little Lake Brewing Brewery.

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Niagara Falls

The Niagara Falls Underground Railroad Heritage Center is a good place to stop and learn about the history of the Underground Railroad, which often ended at the Canadian border. Learn about neighborhood heroes like John Morrison and Harriet Tubman.

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Ithaca is not only a great college town, but it is also a natural wonderland with beautiful valleys, parks, and waterfalls. There are also many things to do in and around the city, such as a botanical park, boat tours, wine trails, and a self-guided Discovery Trail.

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Seneca Falls

This famous place is at the north end of Cayuga Lake. It is thought to be where Frank Capra got the idea for the town of Bedford Falls in "It's a Wonderful Life." The most important thing about it, though, is that it was the site of the first Women's Rights Convention in 1848.

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About an hour south of Buffalo, in the foothills of the Allegheny Mountains, is a charming town with homes and buildings from the 19th century that have been well-kept and fixed up.

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Lake George

Few lakes in New York State are known for scuba diving, so visitors are often shocked to learn that certified divers can explore shipwrecks from the 18th century, including the oldest warship still in one piece in North America, at the bottom of Lake George.

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Thousand of Islands

The line between the U.S. and Canada winds through the St. Lawrence River and the beautiful Thousand Islands archipelago, where the river meets Lake Ontario. About 1,800 islands make up the group. They range from small and rocky to big and green.

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