When most people visit New York, they stay confined to the city limits. But while the Big Apple has its charm -- who doesn't love exploring SoHo or taking in the craziness of Times Square? -- true New Yorkers know that driving upstate results in some of the region's most lovely scenery, great outdoor activities, and interesting historical significance. Whether you want to take a swim in Lake Placid or go hiking in the Catskills, here are some of our favorite hotels in New York State: Located in the heart of Lake Placid, this 133-room lakefront resort manages to feel both central and secluded at the same time. Most rooms offer scenic views over Mirror Lake (don't miss the stunning sunrises), as well as modern amenities and noteworthy bathrooms compared to neighboring properties. Downtown Lake Placid is steps away with plenty of shopping, restaurants and cafes -- and the Olympic Center, site of the 1980 Olympics, is a mere four blocks away.