Central New York really should be a vacation spot.

Let's Apply Some Logic

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The first, and most glaring reason would be, does anyone visit anywhere except New York City? If they do, more than likely they have an ulterior motive like the ideas below.

  • They grew up here.
  • Their family lives here.
  • They want to see the Baseball Hall Of Fame
  • They are a massive Syracuse Orange fan.

New York City to people outside the Empire State is what the whole state is. So why on earth would they venture to the other 99% of New York?

Here Is Why They Should Drive To CNY...

On The Way To Summer
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It isn't just Utica, Rome, and Syracuse. We are more than any city can define. Central New York is really a region, and maybe the only one, that knows how to have fun in every single season. You've seen winter here, we make the best of it. But how come others can't see that?

What Do We Offer?

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Not to brag, but we offer up quite a bit. Sure, we might not have the appeal of Hawaii, but if you're living in the Northeast, this is one hell of a place to visit.

  • Turning Stone Casino
  • Enchanted Forest Water Safari
  • Hiking For DAYS
  • Sylvan Beach (the beach and the amusement park)
  • Museums
  • Winding and scenic back roads
  • Plenty of sports
  • Incredible food
  • Historic sites
  • A PGA tour worthy golf course
  • One of the oldest pizzerias in the United States (O'Scugnizzo)
  • Saranac Brewery

Obviously, there are plenty of reasons someone from outside the Empire State should vacation in Central New York. To be honest, some people do vacation here, but for the most part, they are New Yorkers escaping another one of the regions of the state.

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