Buttermilk Falls State Park
Located in the appropriately named Buttermilk Falls State Park, this waterfall froths and foams enough to earn its kind of weirdly icky name. But it’s pretty freaking breathtaking, largely due to the fact that it’s a waterfall, and therefore looks like unicorns are going to spring from it at any moment, or whatever. Bonus: there are nine lesser waterfalls in the same park. There are different hiking options to get to them, rated from “oh my god, hiking is awful, make it stop, thanx” to “I enjoy pain.”
How to get there: It’s about a four hour drive from the city, or you can take the Amtrak to Syracuse and then the Ithaca Airline Limousine to Ithaca if you’re super broke, or just rent a car there.