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Jul 21, 2023

6 Places to Watch the Sun Rise and Set in New York State

Whether you enjoy watching an early sunrise or prefer an evening sunset from your front porch, there is no doubt that New York State is home to many beautiful landscapes. If you’re ready for your next adventure, checking out these six places will only elevate the view. Continue reading to discover our six favorite places in New York to kick back and watch the sun.

Alexandria Bay

Located in the Thousand Islands region on the coast of the St. Lawrence River, Alexandria Bay offers breathtaking sites that you won't want to miss during the sunrise or sunset. Consider making it a fun trip with your family! You can take a boat tour on the river, stroll through Boldt Castle, and even travel back in time at the Cornwall Brothers Museum. If you’re a nature lover, consider visiting the state parks nearby where you can enjoy a hike and some scenery


Lake George 

Nicknamed the “Queen of American Lakes” for its beauty, Lake George provides many sites to observe the sunrise and sunset. Located southeast of the Adirondacks, the area has numerous places to see the breathtaking views. You may want to visit Prospect Mountain, a three-mile trek, or visit Sleeping Beauty Mountain, offering a rewarding hike between five and seven and a half miles depending on the trail. Another option is Pilot Knob Preserve, a 20 minute walk to reach a gazebo where you can take in the views.


Green Lakes State Park  

You can find this state park east of Syracuse in Fayetteville, NY. Not only does this park give you the chance to see stunning scenery of the rising and setting sun, but this park also offers fishing, kayaking, swimming, a sandy beach, and various hiking trails. The park also has an 18-hole golf course that is nearby.

Lake Ontario

You will not be disappointed with the sunsets and sunrises when visiting Lake Ontario. This body of water is located between the shores of Canada and New York and is one of the five Great Lakes (the most eastern to be exact!). A few notable spots you may want to catch some rays are the Chimney Bluffs State Park or Durand Eastman Beach.


Saranac Lake

Saranac Lake, located in the northern Adirondack mountains, offers great scenery and adventures. Catch the sunrise or the sunset at Baker Mountain Trail Head, where you get to see various views that overlook the lake. Get on the water by kayaking, canoeing, or riding jet skis and cruisers. If boating doesn’t suit you, there are plenty of opportunities on land. Travel back in time at the Saranac Laboratory Museum, go mountain bike riding at Dewey Mountain Recreation Center, or visit the Adirondack Artists Guild Gallery to view art pieces.

Ashokan Reservoir 

The Ashokan Reservoir is located east of the Catskills in the city of Kingston, NY. This beautiful spot is perfect for a peaceful walk or a bike ride. You and your family can also enjoy swimming and fishing. Fun fact: Ashokan actually means “place of fish!” Common fish that live in this body of water include Rainbow trout, Brown trout, Largemouth bass, Walleye, and Yellow perch.


No matter where you go to chase the sun, you’ll want to make sure you’re protected along the way. Checking your insurance policy  will ensure that you have the proper coverage whether you decide to hop into your vehicle for a road trip, stay home, or go out on the water to catch the views. Knowing that you are protected will provide you with peace of mind while admiring the sun in the beautiful places that New York State has to offer. Check out the link below to find a local insurance agent near you!