New York State has so much to offer and one of my favorite things is exploring small towns from downstate to upstate. I love finding great restaurants, historical sites, boutiques and antique shops tucked away on Main Street, New York.

Recently Smithsonian Magazine identified the 15 best small towns to visit in 2024 and, along with towns in Pennsylvania, New Mexico and Virginia, one New York town made the list.

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Before we reveal Smithsonian Magazine's best small town to visit in New York State here are some other small towns in the Empire State that are a must visit (in no particular order):

  • Bolton Landing, NY - Must visit Lakeview Antiques and Indian Tepee Gift Shop
  • Rhinebeck, NY - Must visit Samuel's Sweet Shop
  • Troy, NY - Must visit the Waterfront Farmers Market
  • Cooperstown, NY - Must visit the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Ommegang Brewery
  • Ballston Spa, NY - Must visit Rose's Repeats and Front Street Social Club.
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According to Smithsonian Magazine Sleepy Hollow, NY ranks among the best small towns to visit in 2024. The town is best known for it's inclusion in the Washington Irving short story "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow" and the Headless Horseman character.

Halloween season is a great time of year to visit Sleepy Hollow. Check out the Great Jack O'Lanter Blaze, Sleepy Hollow Cemetery Tours and the Tarrytown Halloween Parade.

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Other cool things to see in Sleepy Hollow would be the Armour-Stiner Octagon House and the New York catacombs.

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