Ellis Island, the Statue of Liberty and lower Manhattan in New York City
Night sets in at historic Saugerties Lighthouse
A charming retreat on Long Lake
An aerial view of Mohonk Mountain House in the Hudson Valley
Fort Ticonderoga on the banks of Lake Champlain
Boating past Dark Island’s Singer Castle
A fall kayak trip on Second Pond, part of the Saranac Lake chain
Glass-like surface of Franklin Falls Pond
Strolling the leafy grounds of Vanderbilt Mansion National Historic Site
Sky speckled with hot air balloons during the Adirondack Balloon Festival
Discover the best things to do in New York, come city or state
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 discover underground caverns in Central New York. 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 America’s oldest sports venue, the Saratoga Race Course. Cruise to two island castles in the Thousand Islands, or experience artistic performances in a lakeside Victorian village in Chautauqua-Allegheny.
In New York City, catch a Broadway show, view the famous skyline from a skyscraper observation deck or visit the National September 11 Memorial, an inspiring tribute to American resilience. For the ultimate road trip, drive through the scenic Hudson Valley, stopping to sample delicious cuisine at the renowned Culinary Institute of America. Tour West Point, America’s oldest Military academy, and visit historic estates like the Vanderbilt Mansion and President Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s home. Whatever you choose to do, New York delights — there’s something for everyone.