High Falls Gorge
The Adirondacks offer a bunch of great waterfalls, but this one offers walkways all around the rock cliffs, so if you don’t suffer from vertigo, it’s kind of jaw-dropping. Plus, you can mine for gemstones, if that’s a thing you’re into. And they’ll serve you a beer at the connected restaurant, which is definitely a go.
How to get there: It's a 5.5-hour road trip, or you can take a similarly timed bus to nearby Lake Placid.
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