12. Walkway over the Hudson

Walkway Over the Hudson in Upstate New York

One of New York’s most scenic destination is the Walkway Over the Hudson, a mile+ long path over the Hudson River. This year-round pedestrian path happens to be the longest elevated bridge in the world. It’s quite a sight during any season, but even more amazing during the region’s prime fall foliage season. The walkway provides the perfect setting for a refreshing walk, along with some great photography opportunities. Take a break from your computer and phone and enjoy the wonders of nature in a breathtaking setting.

Wonderful bridge and mountain views from the walkway.

Wonderful bridge and mountain views from the walkway.

More relaxing water views from the walkway.

More relaxing water views from the walkway.

Because the Walkway is open year-round, you have the opportunity to check out how the scenery changes magnificently with each passing season. A fall visit is recommended as upstate New York is well known for its’ amazing autumn season. Nevertheless, whenever you decide to visit, you will be treated to a picturesque setting.

13. Newport Mansions/10 Mile Drive

The Breakers, the largest of the extravagant Newport Mansions.

The Breakers, the largest of the extravagant Newport Mansions.

Newport, Rhode Island is one of the most charming, picturesque coastal towns in all of New England. The historic waterfront city is home to a handful of desirable features: a quaint downtown, several scenic beaches, great seafood and Italian restaurants, Cliffwalk (a fabulous 3 mile walk along the coast), and the most amazing water views.

Castle Hill Lighthouse

Castle Hill Lighthouse

The lavish Newport Mansions, especially the 65,000 square foot Vanderbilt Breakers estate, are definitely worth of a visit. You will get to explore the extravagant interiors of these beautiful Gilded Age masterpieces, along with taking in some gorgeous coastal views from the outdoor terraces.

Ocean Drive, also known as Ten Mile Drive, will take you on a scenic trek past the mansions. Other beautiful sights along the way include views of beaches and elegant waterfront homes, along with gorgeous trees and fantastic views of the ocean.  Along the way, there are plenty of places to get out take photos, relax with a good book, sit on a beach and listen to the waves, and so on. There are several interesting places to check out during your drive; Goosebury Beach (amazing scenery), Fort Adams State Park, and the Castle Hill Lighthouse are all worthy of a stop.

Goosebury Beach on an overcast day.

Goosebury Beach on an overcast day.

14. The beaches of Rhode Island

A beautiful, overcast spring day at Narragansett's Scarborough Town Beach.

A beautiful, overcast spring day at Narragansett’s Scarborough Town Beach.

Rhode Island, aptly nicknamed “The Ocean State,” has its’ fair share of beautiful beaches. Scarborough Town Beach in Narragansett is amazing; it’s wide and features smooth sand and gorgeous quaint views. Goosebury Beach and Second Beach in Newport are also worthy of a visit. If you are a fan of collecting seaglass, head over to Teddy’s Beach in Portsmouth for an abundance of new pieces to add to your collection. In addition, all of these beaches provide a wonderful setting for taking a long, relaxing stroll. Scarsborough is perfect for summer swimming and sunbathing, while Goosebury is great for photography.

Newport's Second Beach is a perfect place for summer relaxation.

Newport’s Second Beach is a perfect place for summer relaxation.

Beautiful wide & sandy Scarborough Town Beach in Narragansett.

Beautiful wide & sandy Scarborough Town Beach in Narragansett.

Goosebury Beach is an amazingly secluded beach for the majority of the year.

Goosebury Beach is an amazingly secluded beach for the majority of the year.

The best aspect of Rhode Island beaches is that they typically only get busy during the prime summer months. Fall and winter, if you can bare the cold, are actually ideal times to take a solitary walk. There are many benefits to the cold climate, namely the fact that the beaches do not stay busy all year like California and Florida beaches. Although many complain of the short summer season and cold,long winter season, perhaps, the greatest treasure of all is having a magnificent beach all to yourself.