New York and Beyond Overview
Whether you are looking for a city sights, mountain trails or golden beaches, New York and Beyond really does offer something for everyone. If you’re looking for a weekend break or a spectacular fly-drive holiday, an itinerary in this part of America can be purely cosmopolitan, historically fascinating or both! Tell us how much time you’ve got and we’ll put together your own memorable New York and Beyond adventure. There is no shortage of destinations and attractions to choose from; Your New York and Beyond holiday can include the soaring skyscrapers of New York City, the historical gems of Philadelphia and the amazing beaches, boardwalks and exciting casinos of Atlantic City. How about exploring the Amish Country or the civil war battlefields? You won’t believe how much there is to discover in this fascinating region, which is made up of New York State, New Jersey and Pennsylvania.
New York City and New York State
New York City, affectionately known as The ‘Big Apple’, is home to the instantly recognisable Statue of Liberty, the Empire State Building, Central Park and Times Square, is the melting pot of the nation and one of the world’s most stimulating and eclectic cities. It is a city overflowing with exciting activities such as Broadway shows and concerts, world-renowned art galleries, museums, restaurants and iconic stores such as Macy’s, Saks Fifth Avenue, Bloomingdale’s and Barneys New York. Explore this thriving metropolis by riding the subway with the locals or crossing the Hudson by water taxi while enjoying the Manhattan skyline. Enjoy a slice of real New York Pizza, hop into a diner for a milkshake or alternatively simply sip your coffee al fresco on the lawns of Bryant Park.
As exciting and exceptional as the Big Apple may be, there’s a whole lot more to New York State. Leave the city that never sleeps behind and you’ll find yourself in another world, with a pace that beats to an entirely different drum. From the beaches of Long Island all the way up to the breathtaking Niagara Falls, there’s a whole state waiting to be discovered beyond New York City.
Head to the sandy beaches of the Hamptons and you’ll meet the sparkling waters of the Atlantic Ocean. Venture into the Finger Lakes region and you’ll find glittering expanses fringed by wineries. Cruise along the Erie Canal to get a feel for the mighty stretch that previously ran all the way from Albany to Lake Erie; or meander along the Hudson River Valley for gorgeous views and charming towns.
Out and about in New York State there’s some spectacular scenery on offer. The Adirondack Mountains are where some of New York’s big-hitters built their ‘Great Camps’ to escape the city heat. It’s a place of mountains, primeval forests, and more than 2,500 lakes and ponds, where you can spend idyllic days canoeing, fishing, or exploring the many trails. Likewise, there’s great hiking among the peaks and stony ridges of the Catskills.
With its prime position between New York and the Great Lakes, Pennsylvania is the perfect choice for fly drive and escorted tours in the East Coast region. It’s also a richly diverse state offering everything from the rugged scenery of the Appalachian Mountains to the vibrant urban jungles of Philadelphia and Pittsburgh. Linking these attractions are some stunning scenic byways with bucolic names like Brandywine Valley and Gateway to the Endless Mountains. Take the Lebanon Cornwall Scenic Byway and you’ll drive through the rolling rural scenery of Pennsylvania Dutch Country.
Outdoor adventurers will love the varied activities available on Pennsylvania holidays. Lace up your boots and take a hike through the Allegheny State Forest or up to Pine Creek Gorge. Choose from around 700 golf courses or 23 ski areas in the winter months. Or, if water based sports are more your thing, how about white water rafting in the striking scenery of the Ponocos or fishing in one of the state’s abundant rivers and lakes?
Back in the city, you can indulge yourself in endless retail therapy in the birthplace of the factory outlet, enjoy thriving music, performance and art scenes in Philly, Pittsburgh and state capital Harrisburg, take a factory tour courtesy of such famous manufacturers as Harley Davidson, Hershey’s Chocolate and Crayola. There are also over 80 breweries to visit. It’s possible that on holidays to historic Pennsylvania, you may just lose track of time.