When you think of New York State, you probably picture New York City. That's at least what people who don't live here imagine. When it's not New York City, it's usually something to do with the snow and cold.

New York State is not just city skylines, gray, cold and unfriendly. Every state has those things, but too much of New York goes unnoticed and doesn't get the recognition it deserves.

The spring, summer, and fall are stunning in New York. From Western New York to the Hudson Valley and up to the north country region, this state has a lot to offer.

Scattered about are some real hidden gems that you should visit. Some of these places are famous but for whatever reason, have gotten a bad rep over the years.

Access to water, friendly people, more to do than you think, sights and the food are all reasons these places are fantastic. Sure, they aren't as big as New York City and don't have the number of attractions that huge cities have, but they deserve a visit in the not-so-distant future.

Here are some absolutely beautiful places in New York State that are underrated.

9 Most Underrated Places in New York State

The most underrated places in New York State.

Most Overrated Places In New York State

The most overrated towns and cities in New York State.

LOOK: Here is the richest town in each state

Just saying the names of these towns immediately conjures up images of grand mansions, luxury cars, and ritzy restaurants. Read on to see which town in your home state took the title of the richest location and which place had the highest median income in the country. Who knows—your hometown might even be on this list.

LOOK: Here are the pets banned in each state

Because the regulation of exotic animals is left to states, some organizations, including The Humane Society of the United States, advocate for federal, standardized legislation that would ban owning large cats, bears, primates, and large poisonous snakes as pets.

Read on to see which pets are banned in your home state, as well as across the nation.

READ ON: See the States Where People Live the Longest

Stacker used data from the 2020 County Health Rankings to rank every state's average life expectancy from lowest to highest. The 2020 County Health Rankings values were calculated using mortality counts from the 2016-2018 National Center for Health Statistics. The U.S. Census 2019 American Community Survey and America's Health Rankings Senior Report 2019 data were also used to provide demographics on the senior population of each state and the state's rank on senior health care, respectively.

Read on to learn the average life expectancy in each state.

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