Rather than an escape, I prefer to think of these as transcending places, or transformative places, that help us to become more mindful people. When I think of “transcendence” as it relates to travel, I think of destinations that move us into a reality that differs from daily life. I look for places that encourage us to transcend space, time, and state of mind, and also to be present and immersed in the experience at the same time.
These destinations have been described as other-worldly, Narnia, Terabithia, Oz (or “not in Kansas anymore”), and hidden gems. You can’t go wrong with a place that has the word “glen” in its name!
Corbett’s Glen 1. Corbett’s Glen Explore Grimes Glen 2. Grimes Glen Explore Watkins Glen State Park 3. Watkins Glen Explore Little Rock City 4. Little Rock City in Rock City State Forest Explore Turning Point Park 5. Turning Point Park Explore Chimney Bluffs State Park 6. Chimney Bluffs Explore The Hidden Sidewalk 7. Rochester’s Hidden Sidewalk Explore Eternal Flame Trail in Chestnut Ridge Park 8. Eternal Flame Explore Warner Castle’s Sunken Garden in shadow 9. Sunken Garden Explore Tinker Nature Park fairy houses 10. Tinker Nature Park Explore One of the many themed spaces at ARTISANworks 11. ARTISANworks Explore 12. RMSC’s Strasenburgh Planetarium Explore
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These destinations transport you into the past to appreciate and to learn about how we developed the culture, values, and amenities we have today. Stepping inside is like entering a time machine.
Genesee Country Village Museum 13. Genesee Country Village & Museum Explore American Hotel in Lima on US-5-and-20 14. Historic Inns Explore The Old Country Store and More – est. 1849 15. Country Stores Explore The Strand 16. Historic Movie Theaters Explore Mount Hope Cemetery Tour, Susan B. Anthony grave site 17. Mount Hope Cemetery Explore Penn Dixie Fossil Park and Nature Reserve 18. Penn Dixie Fossil Park and Nature Reserve Explore Museum of the Earth 19. Museum of the Earth Explore New York Museum of Transportation trolley ride 20. New York Museum of Transportation Explore Rochester & Genesee Valley Railroad Museum 21. Rochester & Genesee Valley Railroad Museum Explore Arcade & Attica Railroad 22. Arcade & Attica Railroad Explore Sam Patch Packet Boat 23. Sam Patch Explore Lockport Flight of Five on the Erie Canal 24. Erie Canal Towns & Villages Explore Landmark Society Home and Garden 2016 25. House & Garden Tours Explore
73 Trails That Are Not Just a Walk in the Park Transcending State of Mind
I find that these places demand that you become absorbed in your surroundings. They have a way of closing off the world behind you as you explore. They convey peacefulness, serenity, beauty, and connection with nature.
Channing H Philbrick Park PKA Linear Park 26. Channing H. Philbrick Explore Magnolias at Highland Park in May 27. Highland Park Explore Lamberton Conservatory 28. Lamberton Conservatory Explore Inspiration Point at Letchworth 29. Letchworth Explore Japanese Tea House at Sonnenberg Gardens 30. Sonnenberg Gardens Explore George Eastman estate garden 31. Public gardens Explore Autumn lift rides at Bristol Mountain 32. Bristol Mountain Explore Jump Off Trail on Gannet Hill in Ontario County Park 33. The Jump Off Explore Honeoye Lake from Harriet Hollister 34. Harriet Hollister Explore Lily Dale Assembly 35. Lily Dale Explore Niagara Falls: The Crows Nest at Prospect Point, view from the Observation Tower 36. Niagara Falls Explore Taughannock Falls 37. Taughannock Falls Explore Where are your favorite transcending places around Rochester?