Here is another article in our series about things going on around Rochester.

It was no April Fool’s joke.

On Wednesday, April 1, USA Today readers named Letchworth State Park the best state park in the nation, drawing nationwide attention to the Rochester area’s natural beauty and the variety of outdoor recreation it offers.

According to 13 WHAM News, voters from across the country were able to vote for 20 finalists in this year’s USA Today Readers Choice Best State Park competition for a month leading up to the announcement. The state park at Watkins Glen was also voted to third place.

“Letchworth State Park has a loyal following and they let their voices be heard,” Meghan Nulty, V.P. of Tourism and Marketing for the Wyoming County Chamber & Tourism, said in a statement following the announcement. “The exposure for the Park has been tremendous and will introduce this great natural asset to countless visitors and encourage them to visit our area.”

As the spring weather bathes Western New York in sunshine, it’s certain that plenty of out-of-towners will be visiting Letchworth — and the nearby Rochester area — in the weeks to come.

Letchworth State Park, with its gorgeous gorges and stunning waterfalls, is obviously a top destination for visitors — and it’s just a 35-mile drive out of the city. Hiking is one of the most popular camping activities; 42.5 million people went camping in 2011. Letchworth offers 66 miles of prime hiking trails to its visitors.

Another great way for visitors and locals alike to get outside? Taking a visit to the Rochester Museum and Science Center’s Cumming Nature Center, a 900-acre nature preserve that’s about 40 minutes south of the city. In addition to its six miles of hiking trails, the Visitors Center will also be showing its “Beasts to Botanicals: Natural Science Illustration” exhibit through May 1.

No matter where you and your family choose to take your springtime hiking or camping trip, it’s guaranteed to be filled with plenty of Rochester’s authentic natural beauty.