Expand your horizons by exploring New York State. Did you know that Adirondack State Park is larger than Yellowstone, Everglades, Glacier and the Grand Canyon combined? With 11 regions filled with historic sites, abundant waters, natural wonders and more, you’ll discover what you LOVE in New York.
Looking for abundant shopping, culture and arts? Head to New York City. Perhaps you’re after breath taking beauty and adventure? Take a trip to the mountains of the Catskills. Maybe you’re keen to sample some of the outstanding cuisine or wines? Don’t miss Saratoga, Chautauqua-Allegheny, or the Hudson Valley!
With no day the same as the next, plan your trip with one of Charitable Travel’s travel experts today and you’ll discover why New York is one of the USA’s more desirable holiday destinations for yourself.
New York City has retained its status as one of the premier cities of the world for good reason. With a mixing pot of diverse cultures, you’ll be hard-pressed to find another city that is as vibrant and dynamic. The city that never sleeps has a huge amount to enjoy and explore from iconic landmarks to lesser-known attractions.
To start your trip off you’ll have to pay a visit to standouts like the Statue of Liberty, the Rockefeller Center and the Empire State Building. From the observation platforms of these majestic monuments, you’ll be able to take in New York’s stunning skyline. Long featured artistically in a variety of mediums, seeing it with your own eyes is an awe-inspiring experience. Architecturally New York is a paradise with its mix of modern and last century styles and influences. Further must-see highlights include the Brooklyn Bridge and the new World Trade Centre.
New York’s diverse streets and neighbourhoods are also their very own attraction. Stroll through Times Square, China Town, the Garment and Diamond districts, Greenwich Village, Little Italy and discover New York’s unique character and feel! New York’s green spaces and parks stand out as cool islands of greenery amidst the concrete, perfect for resting your feet during your explorations. Be sure to also check out New York’s iconic museums and galleries including The American Museum of Natural History, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, The One World Observatory and the Ellis Island Museum.
Niagara Falls is undoubtedly the star of this region. Comprised of the Canadian Falls (aka, Horseshoe Falls), the American Falls, and Bridal Veil Falls, and formed by the Niagara River, the combined falls have the highest flow rate of any waterfalls in North America.
The first State Park in America, Niagara Falls offers visitors unmatched vantage points, a chance to get up-close-and-personal onboard the Maid of the Mist, a challenging but rewarding Cave of the Winds tour, panoramic views from the Top of the Falls Restaurant, and a stunning display of illuminations each evening until midnight.
Buffalo, the closest city to the American side of Niagara Falls, and the second largest in the state, is not to be missed on a trip to this region. Attractions here include the Grammy Award Winning Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, the Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Theodore Roosevelt’s Inaugural site, and more. Take a stroll to Larkin Square and Canalside’s waterfront for a wide range of concerts, events, and tasty food trucks!
Visit the New York State Capital in Albany, get on the water in one of Fulton County’s 44 lakes, hit the shops in downtown Troy, Rensselear County, experience the thrills of thoroughbred racing in Saratoga Springs, jump on the Ale Trail in Schenectady County, and sample incredible locally grown food in Washington County.
Albany is city not to be missed. Here you can tour the magnificent New York State Capitol, explore the exhibits at the New York State Museum, and take a tour on the Hudson with Dutch Apple Cruises.
The entire Capital-Saratoga region is Instagram worthy, but top picks for the ultimate grid, Snowman Ice Cream in Troy, Rensselear County, the undisputed king of homemade ice cream since 1956, the Stockade District in Schenectady for pre-Revolutionary architecture, and Saratoga Spa State Park.
Named one of the world’s top 10 wine regions, and famous for world class fresh local produce and seafood – no trip to New York State would be complete without a visit to Long Island.
Long Island is a year-round destination with easy access to New York City and diverse attractions from the famed beaches of the Hamptons, Fire Island, and Jones Beach to historic Gold Coast Mansions, award-winning vineyards, eclectic dining, boutique shopping and charming downtowns.
Take in breath-taking ocean views from the top of Montauk Lighthouse, tour the halls and gardens of the magnificent Gold Coast mansions, visit Adventureland Amusement Park for fun-filled activities for guests of all ages, or take it easy in the Hamptons.
National Geographic named Hudson Valley one of the Top 20 must-see Destinations, and it’s not hard to see why, with magnificent scenery, historic mansions, cultural treasures, and unique attractions drawing the attention of every type of traveller.
Contemplate nature at Innisfree Garden, rated one of the world’s ten best gardens, visit the iconic Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival at Boscobel, dine in any of the fantastic farm-to-table restaurants, tour the Schuyler Mansion – home of the Revolutionary War General, Philip Schuyler and his family.
Designated as a National Heritage Area, the Hudson Valley is steeped in history, natural beauty, culture, and a burgeoning food and farmers market scene. Among many attributes, it’s the oldest wine-producing area in the United States, and the magnificent scenery inspires artists in every generation.
Between world-famous waterfalls and world-class cities, you’ll find yourself at the centre of it all in Central New York. From picture book Main Streets to limitless outdoor adventures, this region is home to the ultimate rural American experience for families, foodies, and everyone in between.
In Central New York, you’ll never have to look far for something fresh, with loads of brilliant farmers markets filled with locally grown fruits and vegetables just waiting to be picked and devoured. This region is also home to 42 breweries, 19 wineries, 11 distilleries, 6 cideries, and 28 craft pubs, and each one has a story to tell – most of which you can hear direct on a tasting tour.
Central New York is a wonderful place to experience the great outdoors, whether you prefer to fish, bike, or hike, you’ll witness nature and beauty at every turn.
On the peaceful border between northern New York State and south-eastern Ontario you’ll find endless shorelines, rich history and unique culture.
The Thousand Islands region is home to more than 50 miles of waters, once patrolled by pirates and prohibition bootleggers. Now though, the area is cruised by tourists and locals enjoying scenic bays and guided sailing unveiling the area’s incredible history and wildlife.
There’s plenty of luxury waterfront accommodation to rest your travel wearied head in, as well as a range of woodland cottages and campsites with amazing views to wake up to each morning.
The Finger Lakes region is filled with stunning natural landmarks and scenery to refresh and rejuvenate you. They are the perfect place to get lost in the great outdoors by hiking, cycling, fishing, and camping in the fantastic state parks in the area. The Finger Lakes are also renowned for the area’s wine region with ample vineyards to explore. When you aren’t exploring the great outdoors, you’ll be able to pass your time pleasantly in the wonderful towns and cities in the region.
In the Finger Lakes urban centres, you’ll find attractions focused on history, art and culinary delights. Explore fascinating museums like The Strong National Museum of Play (featuring the largest collection of toys in the world), The Women’s Rights National Historical Park and The Seneca Art & Culture Center. For those tempted by more culinary diversions be sure to visit the New York Kitchen (dedicated to informing visitors of the regions culinary heritage), the Finger Lakes Wine Festival and the Windmill Farm & Craft Market.
The Adirondack region is a go-to for incredible views. Head to locations like Whiteface Mountain, the cliff top trails at High Falls Gorge and Ausable Chasm and climb one of the 46 High Peaks to feel like you’re on top of the world.
With no park entry fees, and no gates that close at night, just a boundless natural preserve, the Adirondacks promise enough adventure to last a lifetime.
Whether you choose to camp under the stars or relax in a warm bed, hike to the top of the peaks, or swimming in the pristine lakes, there’s something for every traveller here.
Enchanting mountains, tranquil lakes, bountiful vineyards and gracious hospitality come together to bring you one big adventure that you will want to repeat time and again.
The Allegany and Lake Erie State Parks, huge playgrounds with beaches, hiking trails, and bridle paths with loads of charming cabins and campsites for you to relax in after a day of exploration.
Visit Midway State Park on Chautauqua Lake to visit a century-old amusement park, go trophy fishing on Lake Erie, hike towering rock formations at Panama Rocks Park, or meander around the statures at Griffis Sculpture Park.
The Lake Erie Wine Country trail includes 23 wineries, and Southern Tier and Ellicottville Brewing Companies offer tours and award-winning craft brews, so you’re sure you find a tipple for every taste bud!
Artists, writers and naturalists draw inspiration from its tranquil forests, explorers and families find magic on its high peaks–this is the Catskills, your mountain getaway and next adventure.
The Bethel Woods Center for the Arts sits on the site of the 1969 Woodstock Festival and includes the Museum dedicated to it, with interactive exhibitions and hundreds of artifacts on display – is not to be missed by any music lover.
Discover the natural beauty of the Catskill Park, one of two “Forever Wild” nature preserves in New York State, by hiking, biking, or paddling. Sample amazing cuisine and craft beverages at Catskills restaurants. Extend your adventure by camping or staying at one of the region’s unique hotels or resorts.
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