Shawangunk Ridge, New York

Just 90 minutes from New York City, The Gunks (as they are often called) are home to some of the best rock climbing in North America. The Sky Top, a prominent stone face with more than 300 different routes to the top, has cliffs up to 350 feet. Check out one or two of The Gunks' ice caves, where the deep rock fissures stay icy cool throughout the summer months.

MF Fantasy: Sleep in a castle. Yes, a castle Mohonk Mountain House is a 267-room Victorian resort that is centrally located to offer easy access to all the fun.

Bonus Tip: Ascend one of National Geographic's top-rated rock climbing cliffs, the 'Gunks, with HighXposure Adventures Inc. Whether you're a novice climber or you've already learned the ropes, HighXposure has a wide range of classes starting at $240 per person. Book your climbing excursion in the fall to witness the ravishing colors of the foliage from above.

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