New York State
When anyone hears New York, they instantly think of the city of New York, the Statue of Liberty, Ground Zero and shopping!! But New York State is more than just a city. So much more. The state of New York covers an area of 141,300 km² and borders the states of Connecticut, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Vermont in the north.
It is also home to the US side of Niagra falls and some award-winning wines from the vineyards in the Finger Lakes area as well as some really cool ski areas.
With flight prices as low as they have ever been, It is really worth extending your stay and renting a car to explore the area. Read on to find out why you should consider venturing out of the city of New York.
Where to visit in New York State?
Take a trip out to Long Island,
The Hampshire’s and the now famous coastal beach resort of Montauk (Boxset series The affair) this part of the state is home to many of the rich and famous and their mansions, think of the film “the Woolf of Wall Street” add to these awesome vineyards and great restaurants and you will understand why room rates are so high in peak season.
It’s the equivalent to the Cotswolds in the UK, not many buildings are over two stories tall, ranging from traditional clapboard to old red brick. You could think you were in leafy England but the many American flags are an instant reminder
Long Island offers a beach escape, state parks with many walking and biking trails, a pull for keen fishermen, high-end boutiques for the larger purse and a public golf course for those avid golfers.
The beaches and chill out areas in hotels and bars will have you reaching for your book and finding a quiet spot to relax.
Head north out of New York City
- To Saratoga Springs area and home of horse racing enthusiasts, this town is as famous for its horse racing as it’s mineral baths.
- A visit to the finger lakes will not disappoint with its many villages and waterfalls around a selection of lakes all on the doorstep of Letchworth Park, they say it’s the Grand Canyon of the East, with a feel of the Lake District in the UK.
- The area gets its name from the long, thin lakes, which on a map look like the fingers of a hand.
- The city of Ithaca is home to Cornell University and its Johnson Museum of Art.
- In and around the area of the fingers look out for the many stunning gorges and waterfalls that can be found.
Is it worth driving to Niagara Falls from New York?
The drive from New York to Niagara Falls is roughly 8 hours. It’s not a scenic route and would only be worth considering with a stop off in the Finger Lakes or Catskills area. Skaneateles is a lovely town to stop off on the northeast of the Finger Lakes as is Ithaca in the South and Penn Yan in the south West.
When visiting Niagara on the American side the choice of hotels is mainly Casino hotels which are large and brash. For smaller cosier options look at the many bed and breakfasts available down by the shore. If you have time drop down to Niagara on the Lake and spend a couple of days exploring this beautiful town on the lake. Spring and summer in particular in Niagara on the Lake as it is in full bloom of its floral displays.
New York City, so good they named it twice.
New York, what can we say, this city has so much to offer and everyone that visits agrees that once is never enough. Too much to do and see in just one visit which makes it one of the top cities for visitors in the US.
What to see in New York City?
The best thing you can pack is comfortable shoes, a map and get out and explore. There are so many sights to see in this fabulous city from that iconic landmark, the Statue of Liberty, Central Park and Times Square to the newer buildings of The Rock and Ground Zero.
Don’t miss out on a walk over the Brooklyn Bridge to DUMBO and take in the view of the city from the other side and the view of the Hudson down to Staten Island, home of the Empire State Building.
New York is a shoppers paradise full of so many shops for all budgets from Designer to outlets, there really is something for everyone. If you have time include a visit to one of the many outlet malls where you can pick up so bargains on brand names in their reduced price stores.
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