Golden rock formations at Chimney Bluffs
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
- The Empire State
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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. Cruise to two castles in the Thousand Islands, walk across the Adirondack treetops at the Wild Center, 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, the country’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.
With over 84,000 kilometers of rivers and streams, nearly 200 kilometers of Atlantic Ocean coastline and 928 kilometers of Great Lakes shoreline, New York is steeped in water.
Combine Yellowstone, Yosemite, Grand Canyon, Glacier and Olympic national parks, and Adirondack Park is larger than all of them put together.
Niagara Falls State Park was the USA’s first state park.