New York State has endless treasures, from the thrill of parasailing above Lake George to riding by horse along Long Island’s beautiful beaches. Only in New York State can you behold the "Grand Canyon of the East," Letchworth State Park, from a hot-air balloon. Experience the exhilaration of whitewater rafting in the Adirondacks, or sample a delightful vintage at one of the numerous Finger Lakes wineries. From the quiet beauty of the majestic Adirondack Mountains to the awesome grandeur of Niagara Falls, holidaymakers of all ages enjoy the splendour of the Empire State.
New York Highlights
Walk across the Brooklyn Bridge for views of New York Harbor and the City’s skylines, or take a free ride on the Staten Island Ferry for vistas of the Statue of Liberty and Lower Manhattan.
Don’t miss the observation decks atop the Empire State Building and Top of the Rock; a boat ride past the Statue of Liberty; or the bustle and bright lights of Times Square followed by the incomparable spectacle of a Broadway show—all outstanding experiences that you can’t find anywhere but NYC.
Get in the game
New York City has teams in every major American sports league. Whether you go to see the Yankees or Mets (baseball), Knicks or Nets (basketball), Rangers (hockey), Red Bulls (soccer), Giants or Jets (American football), you'll feel the passion in the stands. In 2014 the Super Bowl will take place at MetLife Stadium, home of the Giants and Jets.
History happened here
There's history around every corner in the five boroughs. Highlights include Federal Hall National Memorial, site of George Washington's inauguration, and the National September 11 Memorial, an inspiring tribute to American resilience.
Must see museums
Culture buffs love the magnificent Metropolitan Museum of Art, El Museo del Barrio, the Museum of Modern Art and many others. But don’t miss the numerous institutions outside of Manhattan. The Brooklyn Museum, Queens Museum of Art, the Bronx Museum of the Arts and the Staten Island Museum are all inspiring destinations.
Don't leave without tasting
New York's cuisine reflects the City's diverse cultures. No matter what ethnic food you're looking for, you'll find it in a place where more than half of its residents speak a language other than English at home.
To call New York City a retail capital would be a major understatement. The five boroughs are brimming with department stores, boutiques, showrooms and vintage havens.
Want to stay up late?
It's a cliché to say that New York is the “city that never sleeps,” but it's true. No matter what you’re looking for—karaoke, live music, dancing—you can find it at all hours.
You might be surprised by
How helpful New Yorkers are. If you have questions, locals will generally be glad to lend you a hand. Many visitors are also pleased by how easy it is to navigate NYC. The streets are organized in a grid, and public transit goes pretty much everywhere.
Where locals go to relax
Central Park is an 843-acre oasis of meadows, arches and sculptures. Brooklyn’s Prospect Park also features worthy attractions, as do many other green spaces throughout the City—the largest is Pelham Bay Park, in the Bronx.
Top photo opportunities
- The view of the Adirondack Mountains from Whiteface Mountain in Wilmington
- Cave of the Winds at Niagara Falls, Niagara Falls
- Letchworth State Park, ‘The Grand Canyon of the East’, Castile
- Top of the Rock at Rockefeller Center, New York City
- The Adirondack Balloon Festival, Queensbury.
Classic road trip
Route 9 in the Hudson Valley offers scenic driving and access to a number of historic mansions, such as the Vanderbilt Mansion and Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s home at Hyde Park. Along the way, the villages of Rhinebeck, Hudson, and Tivoli welcome you with antiques shops and restaurants. It’s a perfect drive for enjoying the autumn foliage.
Dine by candlelight at a B&B in the Finger Lakes, a romantic weekend at an Adirondack ski lodge, a horse-drawn hansom cab ride around Central Park in New York City or simply cuddle by the fire at a Catskill mountain hideaway.
Your child will always remember
New York State is home to the only major museum in the entire world devoted to the study and interpretation of play! Rochester’s Strong National Museum of Play is home of to the National Toy Hall of Fame and the world’s most comprehensive collection of toys and play-related artefacts, which delight children and adults of all ages. The museum’s Dancing Wings Butterfly Garden and Reading Adventureland, a gigantic pop-up book, are favourites.
New York State’s factory outlets offer shoppers a great way to find fantastic bargains on name-brand items. In the Hudson Valley, Woodbury Common Premium Outlets offers 220 outlet stores, including Burberry, Coach, J. Crew and Prada. In the Finger Lakes, Waterloo Premium Outlets offers 100 stores. And Fashion Outlets of Niagara Falls features 150 designer and top name-brand outlets.
When the snow starts to melt and the Hudson River Gorge, Black River, and the formidable Moose River begin to churn with class III, IV and V white water, it’s time to plan a rafting adventure. Later in the season, try white-water rafting on Western New York’s Cattaraugus Creek or the Genesee River in Letchworth State Park.
Made in the state
- NBC Studio Tour, New York City
- Corning Museum of Glass, Corning
- Stickley Furniture, Manlius
- FX Matt Brewing Company, Utica.
Just want to indulge?
Originating and still available at Nick Tahou Hots, a Rochester landmark, the Garbage Plate is a combination of one selection of cheeseburger, hamburger, red hots and white hots (hot dogs), Italian sausage, chicken tenders, fish (haddock), fried ham, grilled cheese or eggs; and two sides of either home fries, French fries, baked beans, or macaroni salad. Additions include mustard, onions, and Nick's proprietary hot sauce, which is made with simmered ground beef and spices. And it’s all served with rolls or Italian toast, fresh from the bakery next door.