When you think of the top spots to visit in the world, several places come to mind. Greece, Australia, Japan, Madagascar, Mongolia, and New Zealand are among the best. But Upstate, New York?

Sometimes you take things for granted. Ask any New Yorker where they'd most like to travel to in the world, Upstate probably isn't one of them. But it's among the best places to go for 2024.

Conde Nest Traveler put together the 24 best vacation destinations in the world for 2024 and Upstate, New York is among them.

Sought out year-round for its vibrant small towns, nature preserves, culinary hot spots—and its proximity to New York City—the region is humming with new opportunities for travelers to surrender themselves to its legendary landscapes in 2024.

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Catskills to Adirondacks

From the Catskill Mountains to the Adirondacks, there's plenty to offer visitors in 2024.

The Storm King Art Center debuts with new hospitality pavilions and the 160-acre Klocke Estates opens its doors in the Hudson Valley in the new year. There are plenty of places to stay too.

From the aesthetic delight that is Habitas-on-Hudson, near Rhinebeck, to Inness, the chic all-in-one getaway in Accord, to Wildflower Farms, Auberge Resorts Collection, a bucolic escape in the shadow of the iconic Shawangunk Mountains, the region has gone from being a New Yorker-favorite to a top draw for travelers from further afield.

The Front Boutique Hotel in Port Jervis will open in May with a new restaurant and access to 50 miles of trails. The Ranch will also open its first East Coast property in the new year.

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Solar Eclipse in Adirondacks

The Adirondacks is home to majestic forests, farmlands, and meadows, where you can walk, bike, snowshoe, or snowmobile along the Adirondack Rail Trail. Spend a day on the slopes of Whiteface Mountain and a night in one of several hotels, lodges, or inns.

Stay at the Lodge at Schroon Lake, which reopened in June 2023 after an extensive $21 million renovation, or NewVida Preserve, a new members club meets traveler’s oasis on 2,000 acres with 360-degree mountaintop views.

The Adirondacks are also one of the best places for fall foliage and it's in the path of April’s solar eclipse, making it a hot spot for 2024.

See all 24 of the Best Places to Go in 2024 and start planning your next vacation now.

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