New York State Overview
New York is a state that’s both familiar and full of surprises. From the thrill of deep-sea fishing off the shores of Long Island to tranquil hiking and paddling in the Adirondack Mountains, there are four seasons of attractions here, whether you’re indoors or out.
Only here can you glide over the “Grand Canyon of the East,” Letchworth State Park, on a hot-air balloon ride, participate in live glass-blowing demonstrations at the Corning Museum of Glass and sample vintages from award-winning wineries along the Finger Lakes. Ride the Maid of the Mist at Niagara Falls and experience up close one of the natural wonders of the world. Explore a museum in the Catskills at the site of the 1960s Woodstock music festival. Cruise the longest canal system in the country, tour a craft brewery, and go underground at Howe Caverns. Relive American colonial and Revolutionary War history in the Capital Region surrounding Albany, and watch a thrilling race as the world’s best thoroughbreds compete at the USA’s oldest sports venue, the Saratoga Race Course.
Visitors to New York State who venture both downstate and upstate have an array of options unequaled elsewhere in the country. Besides the urban allure, culture, and shopping of Manhattan, much of New York State is still, in many ways, waiting to be discovered on a grand scale. The state is endowed with outstanding beauty and diversity of scenery from one end to the other. Visit the historic Hudson Valley, a majestic river lined with elegant estates. Visit the great wilderness of the Adirondack and Catskill mountains for outdoor and sporting activities, whilst immersing yourself in the easygoing charms of small towns. The pristine glacial-lake beauty and outstanding wineries of the Finger Lakes make it one of the state’s most spectacular, yet lesser-known destinations. And Long Island is home to splendid sandy Atlantic Ocean beaches and New Yorkers palatial summer homes in the Hamptons.
If you’re looking for Mother Nature, look no further – it’s obvious she loves New York State!