Many people that come to NY for the first time or that dream about coming to visit this beautiful concrete jungle, and even people that have been here countless times, do not know about the beauty and nature scene in Upstate New York.
The drive is breathtaking with a surprising view (so different from the City) and places are not as far as you might initially think. You can hike, bike, practice for your upcoming marathon, picnic, do kayaking, camp and a huge list of other activities.
Renting a car is far from being a hassle, since it’s quite easy with rates as low as $50-$60/day, or even rates of $150/day (not bad at all!) for cars like Range Rovers and Porche Cayenne, with our Partners, to drive in great style!
One of our Contributors, Marcela Brasil, decided to go Upstate (border with Vermont), for a thrilling and adventurous experience: Skydiving!
Take a look at what she thought about it:
“Door is open,” the pilot said. From the tiny airplane window all I could see was clouds. It was cold and windy, and I am not going to lie: I wanted to give up. But…it was too late as I could hear the clicking of the hooks that would hold the instructor and I together - each click making the latches tighter.
I was already high up in the sky, wearing a bulky skydiving suit and getting ready for the big jump into Champlain Valley, in Upstate New York.
Suddenly I was free falling from 12,000 feet above the ground; it lasted nearly a minute, but it definitely felt longer. Back flips and a few 360-degree free-fall turns to spicy it up a bit…as if skydiving itself wasn’t radical enough.
The fear of the free fall disappeared as I started appreciating the mind-blowing view of the North Country and its picturesque and beautiful landscapes. All I could feel up there was an inexpressible sensation of peace and freedom as I felt fully isolated from the World.
New York State is way bigger than the crazy Big Apple, with its endless skyscrapers and overcrowded touristic spots. Whoever desires to see breathtaking landscapes, a quick drive to places located in Upstate New York is essential.
I lived for many years in Plattsburgh, a four-hour drive from New York City, and located nearby the Canadian border. Upstate New York was the place I chose to skydive, and I couldn’t be more right about this choice. The North Country’s scenic views definitely knows how to impress anyone.
Driving upstate is so far the most beautiful drive I ever did — and I’ve driven in the West coast before! It doesn’t matter which season it is, I am sure you will be as impressed as I always am. My favorite season to enjoy the driving view is the Fall since you can experience the colorful fall foliage, too.
Talking about seasons, skydiving is a different experience depending on the season as well – due to super low temperatures is usually closed during the Winter and early Spring. When I skydived, it was during the first weeks of Fall, and the leaves were still pretty green. I am planning on doing it again, but this time as soon as the leaves starts falling — I am sure it will be a thrilling experience, too!
Whenever I get overwhelmed from the busy New Yorker life, I get a car and drive North to clear up my mind or to just breathe some fresh air — and I’m sure I’m not alone on these needs!
If that doesn’t work, I’ll put on a bulky flight suit, pretend I’m not afraid of the height and simply jump out of an airplane from 12,000 feet above the ground to disconnect with the world and reconnect with my inner self.
Below are a few places you can contact to Skydive Upstate, but the one I went to was Malone Parachute Club. I paid $220 for the jump and it was worth every Dollar! There are other prices/options too.
Malone Parachute Club
629 Airport Rd
Highgate Center, VT 05459
The Blue Sky Ranch
55 Sand Hill Road
Gardiner, NY 12525
Saratoga Skydiving Adventures
288 Brownville Rd
Gansevoort, NY 12831
Western New York Skydiving
Pine Hill Airport
4906 Pine Hill Road
Albion, NY 14411
Photo Credits: DoNorth - donorthmag.com and William Klein for Harpers Bazaar