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Metropolitan Museum of Art showing a city, city views and a high-rise building

The Empire State is a region rich with history, full of breathtaking landscapes and home of the thriving and always exhilarating New York City.

New York is a state that has become synonymous with its largest city, the “Big Apple.” A visit to this shining metropolis is near compulsory, but the rest of the state is equally filled with the promise of adventure. Venture north of New York City to discover dramatic waterfalls, tranquil lakes and mountains covered in hiking trails.

New York State played a crucial role in the formation of the new United States, as it was the home of multiple revolutionary battles and the first banks. Visit places such as the National Museum of the American Indian and the Iroquois Indian Museum to learn about the long and storied history of the state before Europeans arrived.

Gaze in wonder at the bright lights and glistening skyscrapers of New York City. Wander around historic neighborhoods such as iconic Manhattan and creative Brooklyn and catch a show in world-famous Broadway. Central Park, the Empire State Building and Grand Central Station are just a few of the instantly recognizable landmarks in this awe-inspiring metropolis.

Travel directly north of NYC into the Hudson Valley to visit historic houses and charming towns. Explore the stately homes of Olana State Historic Site and the Vanderbilt Mansion.

Trek through the Catskill Mountains in the center of the state or summit the peaks of the Adirondacks in the far north. Ride the Catskill Mountain Railroad or mountain bike across numerous trails. Hike up Mount Marcy, the highest point in the state, for unparalleled views of the region.

Western New York is equally full of alluring destinations. Cruise along the Saint Lawrence River between the Thousand Islands or visit the vineyards that line the Finger Lakes. The town of Ithaca is famed for its waterfalls, wineries and universities. In the far west, visit the city of Buffalo, your gateway to the spectacular Niagara Falls.

JFK International Airport offers flights to hundreds of destinations around the world, making New York accessible from almost anywhere on the globe. Visit New York City in winter for magical celebrations and upstate New York in fall for stunning foliage.

Popular cities in New York

One World Trade Center featuring a sunset, a city and skyline
New York
Known for Shopping, Theatre and Urban
Come to the “Big Apple” for a taste of many different types of urban culture in the heart of this world-famous metropolis.

Reasons to visit

  • Central Park
  • 5th Avenue
  • Times Square
Syracuse which includes a city and flowers
Known for Shopping, University and Sport
This city in Central New York’s Finger Lakes region offers college sports, summer sunshine and plentiful winter snow for year-round indoor and outdoor activities.

Reasons to visit

  • Carrier Dome
  • Landmark Theatre
  • Armory Square
Lake George showing autumn leaves, touring and forest scenes
Lake George
Known for Small Town, Shopping and Theme Park
 With its pristine water, wooded shoreline and more than 300 islands, this New York destination earns its nickname, the “Queen of American Lakes.”

Reasons to visit

  • Lake Champlain
  • Fort Ticonderoga
  • Million Dollar Beach
Poughkeepsie featuring a river or creek and autumn colours
Known for Seafood, Family-friendly and University
Enjoy the charms of the Hudson Valley in this city with a college-town feel. Tour one of the many wealthy estates in the area or enjoy an event at Vassar College.

Reasons to visit

  • Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum
Buffalo which includes a city and city views
Known for Waterfall, Theatre and Live Music
Tour Frank Lloyd Wright’s “opus,” the cemetery where Millard Fillmore is buried and the house where Theodore Roosevelt was inaugurated.
Sleepy Hollow showing a river or creek, a bridge and a lighthouse
White Plains
Known for Seafood, Family-friendly and Shopping
This city offers popular suburban attractions of luxury malls, theaters, parks and shopping centers.  It is located just 30 minutes outside New York City.