New York

New York Travel Guide

No state in America can claim the degree of contrasts that you find in New York. There’s New York City, of course, which pulses with both density and intensity. Then there’s the rest of the Empire State (mostly referred to as “upstate” by folks in the Big Apple), which dwarfs the city in size and sprawls with beautiful countryside, small towns, mountains and wonders such as Niagara Falls. When you visit New York, you can be hailing a cab on Fifth Avenue in the morning, and be at a pastoral winery in Hudson River Valley or stepping onto the sand in the Hamptons by lunch. New York travel options are filled with bucket-list destinations, from the Broadway theatres in Times Square to visiting the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown or skating on Olympic ice in Lake Placid. Read on in this New York travel guide to chart your course through the Empire State:

Things Not to Miss in New York

• Times Square
 • The 9/11 Memorial
 • Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty
 • The Catskills
 • Lake Placid in the Adirondack Mountains
 • The Finger Lakes
 • Hyde Park, home of FDR, in the Hudson Valley
 • The North Fork of Long Island

When to Go to New York

The peak times to travel to New York are the late spring and fall: In the spring, the mountains are awash in vibrant colors of budding flowers, while the classic “Autumn in New York” brings a mosaic of leaves in reds, oranges and gold. New York City can be stifling hot in the summer—but ideal for upstate New York travel options such as hiking, camping and canoeing in the Catskills, Adirondacks or the Finger Lakes.

Articles about New York

Over 700,000 fans will descend on Flushing Meadows for the US Open this year. If you have never been, the grounds host not only epic tennis matches but also amazing food, drinks, shopping and entertainment. Now many sports are upping their food ga...
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The New York City subway system is a magical place—step inside those quick-to-close sliding doors and you never know what you're going to see (or smell). From above (say, a window seat on an airplane), there's no sign of the massive track system&n...
The New York City subway system is a magical place—step inside those quick-to-close sliding doors and you never know what you're going to see (or smell). From above (say, a window seat on an airplane), there's no sign of the massive track system&n...
New York Get 32 percent off from Emerson Spa & Resort, a dairy farm turned mountain lodge in the Catskills. Tee it Easy includes: • Three nights or more at either of the two hotels that comprise the resort, the Inn or the Lodge • Up to thr...
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Nobody’s better at “back in my day” than a New Yorker. The city was better, realer, cooler once upon a time, they love to tell you, before X terrible thing: the Giuliani administration, the proliferation of billionaires' towers, the gentrification...
For two weeks every summer New York City's Govenors Island is thrown back into the 1920s, overtaken with fringe-donned picnickers sipping on St. Germain cocktails. The Jazz Age Lawn Party recently celebrated the second weekend of its 10-year anniv...
For two weeks every summer New York City's Govenors Island is thrown back into the 1920s, overtaken with fringe-donned picnickers sipping on St. Germain cocktails. The Jazz Age Lawn Party recently celebrated the second weekend of its 10-year anniv...
For two weeks every summer New York City's Govenors Island is thrown back into the 1920s, overtaken with fringe-donned picnickers sipping on St. Germain cocktails. The Jazz Age Lawn Party recently celebrated the second weekend of its 10-year anniv...