"Start spreading the news, I'm leaving today..." New York State has drawn visitors by the millions long before Frank Sinatra walked its streets. On one end sits New York City, the largest metropolis in the United States and one of the most famous cities on the planet. A world leader in finance, commerce, culture, and art, walking its streets beneath towering skyscrapers is truly magic. On the other lies Niagara Falls, the most famous waterfall in the United States and a tourist magnet for two centuries. Between those two appear many other worthy sites, from the history of the Hudson River Valley, to the wilderness of the Adirondacks, to the natural beauty and wine of the Finger Lakes.
Highlights from New York
- New York City: One of the most famous cities in the world, with every urban experience a visitor could ever want.
- Niagara Falls: Large, impressive, and famous waterfall viewable from land, water, the air, and tunnels behind.
- Finger Lakes: Natural beauty, wineries, and long thin glacially carved lakes combine here.
- Adirondack Park: Vast wilderness area with long hiking trails to exposed mountain summits, isolated lakes, and white water rivers.
- Long Island: Home of the celebrity filled Hamptons, it also features the state's best beaches, quaint fishing villages, and many historic sites.
- Hudson River Valley: Historic valley filled with Guilded Age mansions, the United States Military Academy at West Point, and so much beauty it inspired a painting movement.
- Buffalo Often viewed as an overnight spot on the way to Niagara Falls, the city that invented Buffalo Wings features impressive historic architecture and museums.
- Cooperstown: The home of the Baseball Hall of Fame, which celebrates the game called "America's Pastime".
Hints and Tips for New York
- New York State has very good transport connections, mostly buses and commuter trains. A private vehicle helps with rural areas
- Major cities have hostels. Everywhere else has budget hotels
- Accommodation in popular areas should be booked three months in advance for summer, and six months in advance for major holidays.
- Except for hostels, accommodation in New York City is the most expensive in the United States. To get cheaper rates, stay in the suburbs near transport stops.
- New York City has three separate airports, with long transport times between them. Check flight details carefully
- New York City highways are some of the most crowded in the United States, and parking costs are unimaginable. If renting a vehicle, pick it up on the way out of the city.
- If visiting wilderness areas, bring insect repellant. Mosquitoes and black flies are merciless.
- To see Niagara Falls from the Canadian side, a passport is required regardless of citizenship (including citizens of the United States)