Every part of our country has something or several things that make it great. Sure you can complain about the lack of some things or that the weather is terrible, but really, there are not many places in the United States that have perfect weather every day of the year. And then again, who is to say what exactly is a perfect weather condition?

I like sunny skies with temperatures in the low 70s. Someone else may prefer cold temperatures and snow. I'm not sure what that person is thinking, but it's what they prefer, so I can respect that.

That all being said (or written), I thought about some famous and world-renowned things that we have in Central, Southern, and Western New York that we should be proud of. There really is a lot to enjoy within a few minutes to a few hours drive in our home state.

I'm sure there are not many parts of our country, outside of the big cities that have so many landmarks and world-renowned accomplishments that we have in our part of New York State.

Whether it's an attraction known around the world, the country, or just something unique to our area, we should be proud of the rich history and accomplishments of the Southern, Central, and Western parts of New York State.

Here are just a sampling of some of the proud honors and great things we have to enjoy in our part of Upstate "New York" that people from all over the world come to visit.

Famous Upstate New York

Seven Major Foods With Upstate New York Roots

Small Towns In the Southern Tier and Central NY

GALLERY: Can You Name These 10 Southern Tier Locations From The Sky? (Answers At The End)