Bliss out for a day by taking a tour of the northern Catskills' trippy roadside attractions. From Hunter, start out west on Route 23A to the St. John the Baptist Ukrainian Catholic Church (Route 23A/Ukraine Road, Hunter, N.Y.; 518-263-3862), a pagoda-shaped cedar church topped with tall octagonal lanterns and bizarre green obelisks. In the summer months, tour the ornate, wood-carved panels and alter of the interior, open from Tuesday through Sunday, from noon to 4 p.m., and for special concerts. Then take Route 28 a few miles east, past the Emerson Resort to the World's Largest Kaleidoscope (5340 Route 28, Mount Tremper, N.Y.; 877-688-2828), a psychedelic light show inside an old grain silo. Three mind-bending ten-minute shows cost $5. On the way out, choose one of over 300 kaleidoscopes, including handcrafted, one-of-a-kind pieces that fetch $4,000.
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