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

The Rainbow Room made its glamorous return to Manhattan last October, opening in a reimagined space after a five-year hiatus and ushering in a new era of skyward fine dining 800 feet above Rockefeller Center. The new iteration feels of-the-moment:...
Tourists will soon have the opportunity to explore a section of New York’s Howe Caverns that has been shut off to the public since 1900. Starting May 3, the 2.5-hour Signature Rock Discover Tour will guide adventurous visitors through the same pas...
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Maribel Lieberman, owner of the MarieBelle chocolate shops, travels the world scouting the best quality beans for her masterful confections. As she prepares to open her newest shop, Cacao Market, Lieberman talks to T+L about sourcing trips, the in...
If you’ve ever been captivated by the art of glassblowing, it may be time to start planning a trip to Corning, New York. The Corning Museum of Glass—built in 1951 and designed by legendary American architect Wallace K. Harrison—is wrapping up a...
In the midst of empty lots and abandoned buildings, turn-of-the-century factories dwarf a windowless structure nearby. The freshly painted brick building bears no signage—or, for that matter, any indication about what goes on within its walls.  ...
Over the course of its 120-year history, New York’s Waldorf-Astoria has given the world some highly recognizable recipes. The most obvious example, of course, is the Waldorf salad—a dressed mixture of walnuts, celery, apples and grapes, created fo...
Text-based artist Jenny Holzer will design a piece for New York City’s new AIDS Memorial. Already known in the community for her permanent work at 7 World Trade Center, Holzer plans to use lines from Walt Whitman’s “Song of Myself” to create a spi...
A plane ran off the runway at New York’s LaGuardia Airport this morning as it tried to land amid icy conditions. The aircraft, a Delta MD-88 coming from Atlanta, crashed into a fence around 11 a.m., but avoided going into the water that edges LaGu...
When it comes to destination-inspired fragrances, the scent of New York City is probably far from the top of most people's wish list, as its signature smell during the summer could reasonably be described as eau de hot garbage. Fortunately, Che...