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What has New York got that no one else does?

Besides the largest city in the nation, New York is home to the U.S. side of Niagara Falls, the Carrier Dome (Syracuse), and the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown. Lake Placid was home to both the 1932 and 1980 Winter Olympics. The Legend of Sleepy Hollow and Rip Van Winkle both take place in New York.

We have two of the (very) few meromictic lakes in the U.S. Ithaca, in Tompkins County, is host to over 150 waterfalls, all of which lie within a 10-mile radius of downtown.

New Yorkers are encouraged to enjoy "Taste of NY": craft beverages, dairy, fruits and vegetables, maple and events.

But you probably knew all those things. So we asked some New Yorkers to tell you what they think is the neatest thing about the state:

"Most people living outside New York State have no idea how beautiful it is -- they think it's been all paved over. My favorite beauty spot is the Adirondack mountain wilderness. But the outdoors environment is spectacular all over the state — and we get four real, no-faking seasons in which to enjoy it, too."
David Shaffer, Albany

“There’s nothing like jumping off a bluff of pink granite into the cool, fresh water of the Saint Lawrence River on a hot summer’s day. The Thousand Islands region has been my family’s favorite place to be for three generations running.”
Skye Heritage, Glenville

"One of the first things that comes to mind is the Western New York restaurant chain Dinosaur Barbeque. That's quintessential New York." Bob Ward, Albany