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

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What's the best place to grab a cheap meal near Lincoln Center? Blossom du Jour has been my favorite place to grab a salad or wrap before a performance. It's a 100% Vegan fast food, so they have a nice grab-n-go section. The area around Lincoln...
A recent tourist snapshot at the Brooklyn Bridge has raised concerns over the city's security measures. This wasn't just any photo op: selfie stick in hand, Chatanoogo resident David Karnauch scaled the landmark on Monday in search of the perfect ...
While Disney World is busy banning selfie sticks, Times Square is welcoming them to its tourist-congested streets with open arms. Selfie on a Stick—possibly the best store name ever—recently took up shop to sell their photo-taking accessories, whi...
Broad Museum, Los Angeles Downtown L.A.’s much-anticipated Diller, Scofidio & Renfro–designed building is making news for both its stellar contemporary art collection and Otium, from chef Timothy Hollingsworth and hot-shot restaurateur Bill Cha...
Broad Museum, Los Angeles Downtown L.A.’s much-anticipated Diller, Scofidio & Renfro–designed building is making news for both its stellar contemporary art collection and Otium, from chef Timothy Hollingsworth and hot-shot restaurateur Bill Cha...
Broad Museum, Los Angeles Downtown L.A.’s much-anticipated Diller, Scofidio & Renfro–designed building is making news for both its stellar contemporary art collection and Otium, from chef Timothy Hollingsworth and hot-shot restaurateur Bill Cha...
The July 4th holiday is one of the most popular in New York City, with millions of people turning out to celebrate from near and far. No surprise, then, that the city’s rich in options for Independence Day celebrations. The iconic Macy’s 4th of...
As rents continue to skyrocket in Manhattan and Brooklyn, residents and travelers are compelled to look outside New York City’s dominant boroughs for places to live and stay. Their current solution: Long Island City, where the chic, new Boro Ho...
Growing up in Harlem, my mother used to tell stories of the all the old haunts she and my aunts and uncles visit every Friday and Saturday night. Back then, jazz clubs were a staple in Harlem, and none attracted musicians quite like Minton's Pl...