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Upstate New York

What lies north of New York Metropolitan Area and Long Island in the state is usually considered as the Upstate New York region. Subregions of Western New York, Central New York, Hudson Valley, and North Country are part of Upstate New York. With the opening of the Erie Canal in 1825, Upstate New York became a hotbed for manufacturing and by 20th century, it was a part of the industrial Rust Belt.

Today, the region comprises many rural communities and thus having a rich agriculture industry. Buffalo, Rochester, Syracuse, and the state capital Albany are major cities in Upstate New York. While the Western New York cultural ties to the nearest Great Lakes states, the Mohawk Valley and the Capital District have affinity with New England than Downstate New York.

The Niagara Falls, the Adirondack and Catskill Mountains, Finger Lakes region, Baseball Hall of Fame, Letchworth State Park, Lake George, and the Thousand Islands are famous tourist attractions in Upstate New York. The headwaters of the Hudson, Delaware, Susquehanna, and Allegheny rivers are located in the region.

The Buffalo Niagara International Airport (BUF) is the busiest airport in the region. The New York State Thruway, I-81, I-87, and I-90 are major highways in Upstate New York.

Last Updated on: May 26, 2017