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Great Natural Landmarks in New York

by on Jan.08, 2013, under Travel

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Probably known best for its massive buildings and masses of people, NY City is also quite close to some attractive natural landmarks that any visitor to the NYC would wish to experience. From awe-inspiring waterfalls to breathtaking mountain vistas, the Natural Landmarks in New York offer something for every traveler.

The Palisades

Right in the yard of Manhattan, identifiable from the George Washington Bridge, the Palisades, or “Hudson Palisades” of Long Island and New Jersey are a line of steep cliffs that run along the west side of the Hudson River. They rise virtually vertically, from 300ft. To a maximum of 540 ft. In height. These cliffs are basically a delegated natural landmark by the National Park Service.

The Pocono Mountains

Found only 1 and a half hours due west of Manhattan, the Pocono Mountains are found in northeast Pennsylvania and span a 2,400 square mile area of gorgeous mountain peaks. Situated in a four county area that includes some 150 lakes, this area is accented by North Knob, its most impressive and highest peak at 2,693 feet high.

The Finger Lakes

Created by glaciers millions of years ago in geological history, the Finger Lakes are found in Central New York State and are composed of eleven parallel lakes that that cover 9,000 square miles. The deepest and widest of the lakes, Seneca Lake has some over 4 trillion gallons of water, and is an incredible 618 feet at its deepest point! A well known New York natural landmark in its own right, The Finger Lakes area is perhaps best known for the phenomemal wine industry. At 200 miles away, it could be a short break from The Big Apple.

The Adirondack Mountains

Found in the northeast part of New York state, this natural landmark of New York state consists of some 6.1 million acres of land and is located about four hours north of Manhattan. A nature lover’s dream, the region boasts the longest fall foliage viewing season in the whole northeast United States.The areas is host to Lake Placid, the locale of two Winter Olympics, as well as Mt. Marcy, the very highest point available to mountain climbers. Mt. Marcy sits at 5,344 ft. in Adirondack Park, a protected forest reserve of the U. S., covering an amazing 2.3 million acres of public land.

The Catskill Mountains

Located about one hundred miles north east of New York, the Catskill Mountains encompass an area of 4,000 square miles. Technically a “dissected plateau” rather than a mountain range, the highest spot of this natural landmark of Manhattan is Slide Mountain, with an elevation of 4,154 ft. This rugged terrain is famous for its fall foliage, as well as top class fly fishing.

Shawn Pratten has been interested in New York natural landmarks for many years. She has written op-eds and editorial pieces for many online publications. For more information about natural landmarks in New York, please visit her site.

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