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New York is a state that’s both familiar and full of surprises. From the thrill of Atlantic Ocean deep-sea fishing off the shores of Long Island to tranquil hiking and paddling in the Adirondack Mountains, there are treasures waiting to be discovered.

Only here can you glide over the “Grand Canyon of the East,” Letchworth State Park, on a hot-air balloon ride, participate in live glass blowing demonstrations at the Corning Museum of Glass and sample vintages from award-winning wineries along the Finger Lakes. Ride the Maid of the Mist at Niagara Falls and experience up close one of the natural wonders of the world. Explore a museum in the Catskills at the site of the 1960s Woodstock music festival. Cruise the longest canal system in the country, tour a craft brewery and discover underground caverns in Central New York. Relive American colonial and Revolutionary War history in the Capital Region surrounding Albany, and watch a thrilling race as the world’s best thoroughbreds compete at America’s oldest sports venue, the Saratoga Race Course. Cruise to two island castles in the Thousand Islands, or experience artistic performances in a lakeside Victorian village in Chautauqua-Allegheny.

In New York City, catch a Broadway show, view the famous skyline from a skyscraper observation deck or visit the National September 11 Memorial, an inspiring tribute to American resilience. For the ultimate road trip, drive through the scenic Hudson Valley, stopping to sample delicious cuisine at the renowned Culinary Institute of America. Tour West Point, America’s oldest Military academy, and visit historic estates like the Vanderbilt Mansion and President Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s home. Whatever you choose to do, New York delights — there’s something for everyone.

New York Highlights

Breathtaking scenery

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...

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.

Shopping heaven

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.

Feeling romantic

Kutschfahrt durch den Central Park

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.

Best bargains

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.

Outdoor excitement

Rafting durch die Hudson River Gorge

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.

Official New York Travel Site

New York State Division of Tourism

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