Lake Placid - June/July

Lake Placid offers some unique scenery and adventures. There are fun things to do that are modeled and repurposed from the days that Lake Placid hosted the Olympics. You can ride the Cliffside Coaster. It runs alongside the actual 1980s Olympic bobsled track. It's the longest mountain coaster in the United States.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZluS8p5-bSE

There is more to Lake Placid than the Olympics. Mirror Lake is located in the village and there are no motorized vehicles allowed. You can take out a kayak or a canoe to enjoy the peacefulness. There is a 2.7-mile walking path around the entire lake.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ua2auwrXsWM

You can also take the whole family on an adventure to High Falls Gorge. There are four gigantic waterfalls and a trail to the gorge that takes you over bridges, glass floor walkways, and groomed trails.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6H4MRdOVsqs

East End of Long Island - July/August

You may be thinking that there is no way you could afford to visit. There is. If you stay in Riverhead, which is the city before the island splits into the North and South Forks, you can make the twenty-minute drive to the East End locations. But be warned, you may be stuck in traffic at times. The East End of Long Island, and not just the Hamptons is one of the most beautiful parts of New York State.

It's not all hobnobbing with the rich, it's actually quite relaxing. The beaches are pristine and there are many public beaches to enjoy. Coopers Beach in Southampton has a small stretch of road that leads you to oceanside mansions and a beautiful ocean beach.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eLXr_DugpSM

The East End of Long Island also boasts nearly twenty vineyards. These are mostly located on the North Fork of the island. This getaway would be more of a couples weekend as opposed to a family summer trip.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=avBGIfh8q2g

If you are going to head to the East End, you must go all the way to The End also known as Montauk Point. This is the tip of the island and it is a quaint old fishing village with a beautiful Montauk Lighthouse. This is the oldest lighthouse in New York State. You can take a tour.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xm_YA5VSOTI

Niagara Falls - August

Niagara Falls is one of the natural wonders of the world. There is so much to do. Get on "The Maid of The Mist". This gets you up close and literally next to the falls. Plus you get a cool poncho that not only keeps you dry but you can have as a souvenir.

Photo by Marcelo Cidrack on Unsplash

You can also get very close to the American side of Niagara Falls by doing the Cave of The Winds walk. There are steps and decks that take you next to the roaring falls. When you snap a picture, it's like you are in the falls. Definitely, a must-do if you head out to Niagara Falls this summer. Plus with the dog days of summer in August, this is a very refreshing walk.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wBQdk3MiaJ0

LOOK: Here are the 50 best beach towns in America

Every beach town has its share of pluses and minuses, which got us thinking about what makes a beach town the best one to live in. To find out, Stacker consulted data from WalletHub, released June 17, 2020, that compares U.S. beach towns. Ratings are based on six categories: affordability, weather, safety, economy, education and health, and quality of life. The cities ranged in population from 10,000 to 150,000, but they had to have at least one local beach listed on TripAdvisor. Read the full methodology here. From those rankings, we selected the top 50. Readers who live in California and Florida will be unsurprised to learn that many of towns featured here are in one of those two states.

Keep reading to see if your favorite beach town made the cut.