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Explore vacation home rentals in Upstate New York

From skiing through paradise and fishing the Great Lakes, to old-fashioned carriage rides and scenic wine tours, Upstate New York has a variety of towns and cities with an abundance of activities for any type of traveler. Whether you want to get out into nature, explore historic sites, or spend your time wandering through quaint villages, vacation home rentals in Upstate New York put you right in the heart of the region.


Rich heritage in Upstate New York

With its long history, Upstate New York has plenty of heritage sites and museums to learn more about the region. Cabin rentals are available near Fort Ticonderoga, an old French fort with a garden, museum, and cannon and musket demonstrations, and the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum in historic Cooperstown, a location celebrating the history of the sport in America and the best to ever play the game. The Strong: National Museum of Play, is a unique attraction with collections of electronic and video games, toys, dolls, and more, all of which examine the role of play in human development. You can also explore the Eleanor Roosevelt and Franklin D. Roosevelt homes, along with the grounds, museum, and presidential library.

Things to do

Recreation and culture near Upstate New York vacation homes

Upstate New York has a long list of amazing locations and attractions for kids and adults alike. Vacation rentals can be found near such sites as the Adirondack State Park, a large parkland with hiking trails, scenic drives, fishing, and kayaking, or Boldt Castle, a 20th-century castle with manicured grounds and a yacht club that’s accessible by boat. The Corning Museum of Glass, which has live glassmaking demonstrations and interactive exhibits, is great for the kids, and High Line of the Forest offers treetop walks to get a unique view of the landscape. The Natural Stone Bridge and Caves have an elaborate cave system and waterfalls with guided tours, gemstone mining, and bouldering walls.


Sightseeing in and around Upstate New York

Are you hoping to find attractions to visit in the city? Venture out of your vacation home and experience everything that makes Upstate New York a one-of-a-kind vacation spot. These are some of the top attractions to explore, all within 30 miles (48.2 km) of the city center:

  • Rosamond Gifford Zoo (26.4 mi / 42.5 km)
  • Airborne Adventures Ballooning (5.3 mi / 8.5 km)
  • Whisper Wind Equestrian Center (10.2 mi / 16.5 km)
  • Sylvan Beach Amusement Park (10.9 mi / 17.6 km)
  • The Wild Animal Park (11.4 mi / 18.4 km)
  • Owera Vineyards (12.4 mi / 19.9 km)
Outdoor activities

Outdoor adventure in Upstate New York

From leisurely nature walks and bird-watching to high-adrenaline skiing and snowboarding from near-vertical drops, Upstate New York has the perfect landscape and distinct seasons to delight the outdoor enthusiast. In summer, popular activities include golfing, hiking, biking, horseback riding, scuba diving, zip-lining, kayaking, white-water rafting, and canoeing, while winter brings skiing, snowboarding, snowshoeing, and snow tubing. Whatever your interest, cabin rentals in Upstate New York can be found across this vast region.

Natural features

Exploring the waterfalls and other natural features in Upstate New York

Travelers enjoy Upstate New York for its lakeside setting and riverfront. Whether you're an adventurous traveler or just want to appreciate the scenery, Upstate New York is a great place to spend some time outside. These are a few of the area's most eye-catching natural features, all within 30 miles (48.2 km) of the city center:

  • Onondaga Lake Park (28 mi / 45.1 km)
  • Oxbow Falls Park (4.5 mi / 7.3 km)
  • Great Swamp Conservancy (8.3 mi / 13.4 km)
  • Verona Beach State Park (9.6 mi / 15.4 km)
  • Chittenango Falls State Park (10.6 mi / 17.1 km)
  • Stone Quarry Hill Art Park (12.9 mi / 20.8 km)
How to get there

How to get to and around Upstate New York

Fly into Rome, NY (RME-Griffiss Intl.), the closest airport, located 17.1 mi (27.6 km) from the city center. If you can't find a flight that works for your travel itinerary, you might consider flying into Syracuse, NY (SYR-Hancock Intl.), which is 23.5 mi (37.9 km) away.

If you're traveling by train, Rome Station, Utica Station and Utica Union Station are the main stations in the area. You can get around Upstate New York by catching a ride on the metro at University Station, Lasalle Station or Amherst Street Station.

Getting around

Transportation in Upstate New York

Upstate New York has several cities and towns, many of which have local airports and mass transit. Shuttles, trains, taxis, and rideshare are options to get to and from your summer rental to nearby towns or landmarks, but if you prefer the flexibility of your own vehicle, rental cars are available. You can also walk or bike to parks and landmarks near the vacation homes in the area.

Food and drink

New dining experiences in Upstate New York

From elevated pub fare and specialty wines in the Adirondacks, to homemade American classics and chef-inspired creations in the Finger Lakes, Upstate New York is filled with cities and towns that boast their own unique flavors, while also sharing in the fresh, local focus of the region. Whether you want to try local wines on a tour, experience craft brews, dine in international restaurants, or enjoy country favorites, the restaurants, wineries, and breweries near Upstate New York vacation homes make dining and drinking an experience all its own.

Can I find a vacation rental around Upstate New York?

Yes, our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 3,580 vacation rentals near Upstate New York. From 1,134 Cabins to 1,724 Houses, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Upstate New York for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

What are the most popular destinations to visit in Upstate New York?

There are many lovely places to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Upstate New York. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular destinations to visit are:

  • Pocono Mountains: 2,818 vacation rentals
  • Toronto: 2,056 vacation rentals
  • Canada: 30,553 vacation rentals
  • Finger Lakes: 1,450 vacation rentals
  • Ontario: 8,428 vacation rentals

And HomeAway offers you the chance to discover many other popular destinations in Upstate New York! Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available in other popular destinations.

What are the main cities to discover in Upstate New York?

Whether you're traveling with family or friends, here are the cities with the largest selection of vacation rentals for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Upstate New York:

  • Toronto: 2,056 rentals
  • Niagara Falls: 658 rentals
  • Niagara Falls: 79 rentals
  • Erie: 268 rentals
  • Watkins Glen: 326 rentals

For other cities, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

Can I find easy-access vacation rentals when traveling by plane to Upstate New York?

Yes of course. Our owners offer a large selection of vacation rentals near airports. The airports with a large selection of vacation rentals in Upstate New York are:

  • Toronto Pearson International Airport (YYZ): 2,051 vacation rentals
  • Niagara District Airport (YCM): 531 vacation rentals
  • Niagara Falls International Airport (IAG): 185 vacation rentals

For other airports, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

Near which points of interest can I spend my holidays in Upstate New York?

HomeAway offers a large selection of rentals near lovely places in Upstate New York. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Sandbanks Provincial Park: 336 rentals
  • Cooperstown All Star Village Fields: 317 rentals
  • Chautauqua Institution: 102 rentals
  • Cooperstown Dreams Park: 364 rentals
  • Niagara Falls, ON (XLV-Niagara Falls Train Station): 639 rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Upstate New York listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Just write your wanted destination in our search bar and have a look at our selection.

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