New York Tourist Attractions

By | January 3, 2023

Special churches, synagogues and mosques

St. Mary’s Church in Albany
The Roman Catholic St. Mary’s Church in the city of Albany is located on Lodge Street and was inaugurated in 1870. The red brick church is built in the neo-Romanesque style. However, this is already the third St. Mary’s church. The foundation of the St. Marys parish dates back to 1796, making it the second oldest Roman Catholic parish in the state of New York., only surpassed by the St. Peter in Lower Manhattan. At the top of the 53 m high bell tower is a weather vane with the Archangel Gabriel. The interior of St. Mary’s Church is decorated with frescoes by Italian artists from 1891 to 1895. St. Mary’s Church has been on the list of Historic Places since 1977.

Contact 10 Lodge Street
Albany, New York 12207

First Church in Albany
The First Church in the city of Albany belongs to the Reformed Church in America and the congregation was founded in 1642. It is the second oldest community in the state of New York. The First Church was built from 1789 to 1798, but this is already the fourth church building. It was designed by the well-known New York architect Philip Hooker. A special feature is hidden inside, the pulpit is the oldest pulpit in the entire United States. It was shipped from Holland in 1656. During his time as governor, the famous US President Theodore Roosevelt (1858-1919, after whom the Tddy Bear was named) attended several services here. The First Church has been on the list of Historic Places since 1974.

Contact 110 N. Pearl Street
Albany, New York 12207

St. Peter’s Church in Albany
The St. Peter’s Church, actually St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, in the city of Albany was built from 1859 to 1876 in the Gothic Revival style. The special features of St. Peter’s Church are the three prominent gargoyles on the outside of the bell tower. Each of them weighs over 3 tons and they tower 2.4 m above the walls of the tower. Overall, the tower comes to a height of 41 m. Inside the church there are works by important contemporary artists. The rosette above the entrance to State Street was designed by the Tiffany company. St. Peter’s Church has been on the list of Historic Places since 1972 and was raised to the National Historic Landmark in 1980.

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Contact 107 State Street
Albany, New York 12207

Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Albany
The Roman Catholic Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception was built from 1848 to 1852 in the Gothic Revival style. This makes the cathedral the second oldest in the state and the third oldest in the United States after St. Patrick’s Cathedral in New York City. However, it is the first cathedral in the United States to be built in the Gothic Revival style. The Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception has been on the list of Historic Places since 1976.

Contact 125 Eagle Street
Albany, New York 12202

St. Patrick’s Cathedral in New York City
on the grounds of Rockefeller Center in Midtown Manhattan; built in the 19th century (completed in 1879); Neo-Gothic architectural style based on French cathedral Gothic of the 13th century, especially the cathedral of Amiens and Cologne Cathedral

Trinity Church,
New York City near Wall Street; formerly Anglican Church, today Episcopal Church; built in 1846 in neo-Gothic style; two previous buildings in 1698 and 1788, respectively, which were destroyed; in the cemetery of Trinity Church tombs of well-known personalities from the founding of the United States, including Alexander Hamilton (1755-1804), William Bradford (1590-1657), Robert Fulton (1765-1815) and Albert Gallatin (1761-1849)

St. John the Divine
Cathedral in Harlem’s New York District, Amsterdam Avenue; Foundation stone laid in 1892; originally planned in the Byzantine-Romanesque style, but built in the neo-Gothic style; largest Anglican church.

Tricentennial Park in Albany
Tricentennial Park is a public park in the city of Albany and was inaugurated in 1986 to celebrate the city’s three hundredth anniversary. In the middle of the park is a statue with Albany’s city seal, which shows the history of trade and commerce in the city. The Tricentennial Park also houses a memorial to the former mayor of Albany, Thomas M Whalen III. The latter also has to install a “time capsule” in the park. In the capsule with the dimensions of 0.3×0.6×0.9 m and a weight of 45 kg there are numerous memorabilia from the three-century celebration. The capsule is to be opened for the four-hundredth anniversary and a comparison of the target and actual status is to take place.

Niagara Falls

The world-famous Niagara Falls, the undoubtedly most popular tourist destination in North America, are not the highest waterfalls on earth, but they still reach an amazing 58 meters. The Niagara Falls are created by the Niagara River, which forms part of the border between the United States and Canada and forms the border between the US state of New York and the Canadian province of Ontario. As the name suggests, this is not one but two waterfalls.

These are divided into American and Canadian, depending on which side of the border they are on. The Canadian part also bears the name Horseshoe Falls due to the pronounced horseshoe shape. The American Niagara Falls are 363 m wide and the Canadian Horseshoe Falls are 792 m wide. It should be noted that the waterfalls cannot be seen very well from the American side and should therefore be viewed from the Canadian side.

However, on the American side there is the Prospect Point Park observation tower, which lets visitors walk a little over the river to see the American Niagara Falls better. On the Canadian side you can get right to the edge of the fall and thus experience the incredible water masses of 4,200 m³ / s on average, of which approx. 90% rush over the Horseshoe Falls. It is only a matter of time before you have to relocate the viewpoint, as the water masses dig into the earth about 1.8 meters per year and “withdraw”. However, much is being done to delay the withdrawal of the cases. For example, the runoff volumes of the Niagara River are regulated and the falling edges reinforced.

In 1969, the American cases were completely drained after a huge amount of rock broke off. The “dry time” was used to increase the stability of the river bed. However, the tourist history of the Niagara Falls goes back much further, even as far back as 1800. Although the Niagara Falls are very impressive and popular, they are not a UNESCO World Heritage Site. However, as one of the almost 30 million visitors to Niagara Falls every year, you can do more than just go to the top. Journeys with the Maid of the Mist boats bring visitors directly to the lower edge of the Niagara Falls and have been doing so since 1846. The Niagara Falls are also worth a visit at night,

Since the Niagara Falls represent an almost indomitable force of nature, people try to conquer them. Many daredevils plunged down the falls in tons or even boats. However, this usually has a tragic ending. The first successful and non-fatal end of these actions, however, was achieved by Annie Taylor in 1901, who plunged the falls into a wooden barrel. Today, however, such actions are illegal. Due to the Niagara Falls, the two sister cities of Niagara Falls, New York and Niagara Falls, Ontario have become popular destinations, although the cities themselves do not have much to offer. The name of the waterfalls comes from the Iroquois language and means something like “thundering water”.

Other natural beauties

Adirondack Park in northeastern New York State
large wilderness area with mountainous Appalachian mountains; highest point in the state of Mount Marcy at 1,629 m

Central Park in New York City
Central Park in New York City is known as “New York’s green lung”. Since 1853 it has been a landscape park with strong tendencies towards the public park. The park has a length of around 4 km, a width of approx. 750 m and extends from 59th to 110th Street between 5th and 8th Avenue. It is the second largest city park in the world after the English Garden in Munich

Hiking and biking trails

Appalachian National Scenic Trail
The Appalachian Trail (officially: Appalachian National Scenic Trail) has a total length of approx. 3,500 km and is therefore one of the longest long-distance hiking trails in the world.
The Appalachian Trail runs from north to south through the 14 states of Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts, Connecticut, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Maryland, West Virginia, Virginia, Tennessee, North Carolina and Georgia. The Appalachian Trail begins in the state of Georgia on the summit of Springer Mountain (1,152 m) and ends on the summit of Mount Katahdin (1,606 m), the highest mountain in the state of Maine.
The Appalachian Trail is managed by the National Park Service of the USA.

The Appalachian Trail, as its name suggests, leads through the Appalachian Mountains, a low mountain range in the east of North America. The trail is classified as a historical hiking trail and leads through many nature reserves, including 6 national parks and 8 national forests. The trail originated in the 1920s. It was founded around people
To offer a change to the working life of the industrialization period The Appalachian Trail was officially opened on August 14, 1937, but at the time it was not very well received by the media. Much media attention was paid to the Appalachian Trail in 1948 when Earl Shaffer ran the entire trail in one season, becoming the first Thru-Hiker. The course of the Appalchian Trail is partly based on other historical routes.
There are over 250 huts and campsites along the trail. Since the trail runs through several cities, it is quite possible to refresh your provisions on the way. Who also plans to run the entire trail in one go (thru-hike) should plan around 5 to 6 months and start in March or April.

If you tackle the Appalachian Trail, you may get to know black bears, white-tailed deer, wapitis or elk on the hike. You should also watch out for snakes, as there are poisonous species on the trail such as the copper head or the northern rattlesnake. There are also ticks, mosquitoes (mosquitoes) and black mosquitoes, which can be very annoying.
The Appalachian Trail was mentioned in literature in Bill Bryson’s work “A walk in the woods”. Every year 3 to 4 million people run at least a small part of the Appalachian Trail.

In the state of New York, approximately 142 km of the trail run. There are no big differences in height to deal with in New York. Most of the hills have heights of around 400 m. The trail runs through Bear Mountain State Park and here is the lowest point of the entire trail at 38 m.


North Country National Scenic Trail
The North Country Trail is a long distance hiking trail approximately 7,400 km in the northern part of the United States. This makes the North Country Trail the longest of the 11 National Scenic Trails in the United States. The North Country Trail was inaugurated in 1980 and to date around 3,400 have been certified as a paved and managed hiking trail. The North Country Trail runs from the small town of Crown Point in northeastern New York to Lake Sakakawea State Park in central North Dakota. On this course, the North Country Trail passes a total of 7 states. From east to west, these are: New York, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Michigan, Wisconsin, Minnesota and North Dakota. When the trail begins in northeastern New York, it initially runs westward, then crosses northwest Pennsylvania. In Ohio, he joins the Buckeye Trail and makes a circular motion that swings him north-west of Ohio. In Michigan, the trail also runs from south to north until after crossing the “Straits of Mackinac” (Mackinac Strait, connects Michigan and Lake Huron) it turns west again, along the southern coast of Lake Superior (Upper Lake) respectively. After crossing Northern Wisconsin, the North Country Trail divides into two sections. One runs north along the coast of Lake Superior and represents a huge “detour”. The other part basically continues in a westerly direction and both reunite northeast of Minnesota. Finally, the trail runs through North Dakota where it ends in the central part of the state. On this trip, 10 National Forests (Finger Lakes, Allegheny, Wayne, Manistee, Hiawatha, Ottawa, Chequamegon, Superior, Chippewa and Sheyenne National Grassland) are hiked. Other highlights include the Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore, Wisconsin’s St. Croix National Scenic Riverway, New York’s Fort Stanwix National Monument and Dayton Aviation Heritage National Historical Park, Tamarac Wildlife Refugee, Audubon Wildlife Refugee. In total, the North Country Trail runs through 57 state parks and 47 state forests. So the trail should offer something for everyone who has enough time.

North Country National Scenic Trail