Explore New York State

Explore New York State
New York State is home to more than just New York City. Most of the state is covered with farmland, forests, lakes, making it a gorgeous state to explore. There is a wealth of historical buildings and scenic routes that can tell the story of the first French settlers back in 1524. Through major landmarks, you can trace the history through the Dutch occupation, then the English, leading to the American Revolution and all the way to present day. While learning this important US history, there are a ton of outdoor activities, such as hiking, camping, white water rafting, canoeing, picnicking, and more.
Old Westbury
Lake Placid
Middle Falls

Places to Visit in New York State

  • New York City!
  • Niagara Falls
  • Lake Placid
  • Adirondacks
  • Finger Lakes Wine Country

Unique Things to See and Do in New York State

  • Enchanted Water Park
  • Howe Caverns
  • Bethpage Black Golf Course
  • Central Park
  • Madison County

New York State

What most people hear about is New York City, and the coffee shop talk of “going up state,” but for many they don’t realize how big the state of New York really is. It is the third largest states and is distinct for its beautiful countryside (primarily farmlands and forests). Within the Adirondack Park, which is 6.1 million acres, there are literally thousands of streams, lakes and ponds. The most popularly visited lake is Lake Placid. During the summer time the activities are great, anything from boating, hiking, fishing, camping, traversing the country by car, etc.

In Madison country, the scenic drives through farmlands are a great travelling venture with lots of little quaint shops and restaurants along the way. There is also the Niagara Falls area which is an amazing site of three different waterfalls converging into one gorge.

New York State is filled with historical landmarks, many dating back to the late 1800s and some as far back as the 1700s. One example is John D Rockefeller’s Estate in Westchester County. The oil tycoon was the richest man in the world and known for his philanthropic foundations in medicine and education, he also spend most of his retirement time in this estate, called Kykuit.

Getting around New York State

Most people travel to the state by plane. There are three major airports with New York City: John F Kennedy (JFK), La Guardia (LGA), and Newark-Liberty International Airport (EWR).  Since there are so many flights coming in and out of NYC, this is often a cheap way into the state. However, there are several other airports in other cities, such as Buffalo, Albany, Syracuse and others. You may find flying into NYC and then catching a connector flight is the best for time and expense.

Travelling by car during the summer months is the easiest. During the spring and autumn months the road conditions are fairly good depending on when the snow fall starts or melts. The state is much bigger than it first appears, so planning out a route may be in your best interest. There are a lot of lakes to navigate around.

By train, there are quite a few rail lines to choose from. Depending on where you are travelling from, the Amtrak services most of the major US cities. For travelling within the state there are several other companies, such as Metroline, Acela Express, Empire Service, Maple Leaf, Adirondack, Arcade & Attica Railroad, plus several other scenic companies.

Did you know…?

That one New York bagel is the comparable to eating a half a loaf of bread!

New York Bagel

Did you ALSO know…?

That Central Park in New York City has its own app! It will show you all the best spots to visit and gives you an audio tour!

Central Park

Best time of year to travel to New York State

The easiest time to travel to New York State is during the Spring and Autumn months when the weather is neither too hot nor too cold. During this time of year the road conditions and climate are best for travelling between locations, especially if you’re renting a car and touring through the state. During the fall, the rich orange and red colours of the turning leaves as simply stunning and the cooler temperatures are just starting to roll in. Whereas in the spring, you may encounters some slushy period during the winter melt, but after that the roads are clear. The summers are equally fun with warmer conditions, although they can be hot and humid. Typically NYC temperatures are about 5 -6C higher than the rest of the state, and you can expect summer months of 30C and higher. By contrast the winter months are snowy and cold. Snow falls can happen quickly and when they do they tend to be a couple feet deep. During these times there can be major delays with flights and highway transportation.

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