New York Cities and Regions
New York CityThe size and energy of Manhattan keeps even lifelong residents spellbound, while the boroughs of Brooklyn, the Bronx, Queens and Staten Island reveal a diversity found nowhere else in the world. See our New York City Travel Guide and Brooklyn Travel Guide.
Long IslandTake a train or brave the Long Island Expressway (LIE) and explore the sand and sleepy towns of the island’s two forks, from the glamorous Hamptons in the south to wineries in the north. See our Hamptons Travel Guide.
The CatskillsCottages and camps fill up every summer, while skiers flock to slopes like those at Hunter come winter, in the forested mountains where Rip Van Winkle slumbered and Borscht Belt comedians once plied their trade. See our Catskills Travel Guide and Hunter Travel Guide.
The Hudson ValleyNineteenth-century landscape painters, part of The Hudson River School, celebrated the rolling hills where you can now find Revolutionary War monuments and the stately mansions of the Rockefellers and Roosevelts.
Adirondack State Park
Rugged, rustic and bigger than Yellowstone, Yosemite and the Grand Canyon combined, America’s first designated wilderness area is a paradise for campers, kayakers, and hikers alike. Come colder weather, the pretty Adirondacks town of Lake Placid (host to North America’s first Winter Olympics in 1932, a role it repeated in 1980) and its adjacent Olympic Whiteface Mountain, provide plenty of winter fun. See Lake Placid & Whiteface Travel Guide.
The Thousand IslandsNo exaggeration here; literally thousands of islands dot the Saint Lawrence River. Even more pleasure boaters take to the gentle waters. Visit Gilded Age Boldt Castle, go camping or shop at small town flea markets.
Central/LeatherstockingStretching from the capital of Albany past sports-loving Syracuse to the Finger Lakes wine region, the heart of the state has a strong Native American heritage and plenty of outdoor activities.
Greater NiagaraBetween Lake Erie and Lake Ontario, working class Buffalo is home to professional sports teams the Bills and Sabres, a symphony orchestra, and a surprisingly active art scene.
Finger LakesNamed for the elongated shapes of Seneca Lake, Cayuga Lake, and five smaller lakes, upstate New York’s picturesque Finger Lakes region is full of quaint bed-and-breakfasts, top-notch wineries, and stunning lake vistas. The jewels on the fingers are the region’s state parks, eleven of which sit on lakefronts while an additional half-dozen feature water-carved gorges and waterfalls. See our Finger Lakes Travel Guide.
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