New York State holidays

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Empire State has it all: the celebrated New York City, a natural wonder of the world, and beautiful countryside. Contrast the breakneck pace of New York City with the slow, easy-going rural life of Upstate New York. Unplug from the bright lights of Times Square and venture upstate; reconnect with nature and take in the amazing scenery, from the wild Catskills and Adirondacks regions to the stunning Finger Lakes and majestic Niagara Falls.

Things to do

There are a vast number of things to do in New York State aside from the city there are 2,000 miles of hiking and biking trails, 215 state and national parks, and countless cultural and historical institutions. Stroll along Manhattan’s High Line or through Central Park, and power-walk through Fifth Avenue and Wall Street like a native. Slow your city stride to a country meander and take in the upstate fresh air, and the glorious scenery of the rugged Catskills or neighbouring Adirondacks regions. Niagara State Park offers nature trails, swimming pools and bike trails.

Map of New York State

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Best time to visit New York State: There's a reason to love every season in New York State. Whether it's fresh snowfall in the ski resorts, a day of catching the rays on the beach or capturing the magnificent fall foliage.

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The main airports for New York City are John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK), which is 24km southeast of Manhattan; Newark International Airport (EWR), which is 22.5km west of Manhattan and LaGuardia Airport (LGA) in Queens, which is 13km from Manhattan.

New York State is best for...

SHOWBIZ FANS:
Grab a hot ticket to a Broadway show, and see iconic film and TV locations, from Grand Central Station to Times Square.

THRILL-SEEKERS:
Get your adrenaline fix at Lake George or in the Adirondacks, where you can take part in some amazing activities

CULTURE LOVERS:
Be inspired by the many art galleries, museums, theatres and the timeless architecture. 

Fast facts for New York State

Language: The language spoken in the USA is English.

Currency: The currency used in the USA is the American Dollar ($).

Local time: New York State is five hours behind GMT/UK time.

Fly to: The main airports for New York City are John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK), which is 24km southeast of Manhattan; Newark International Airport (EWR), which is 22.5km west of Manhattan and LaGuardia Airport (LGA) in Queens, which is 13km from Manhattan. Buffalo Niagara International Airport (BUF) is about 39km from Niagara Falls.

Flight time from UK: 7.5 hours.

Tourist information: Further New York State tourist information can be found here.

Visa / health: Before you travel, click here for recommendations and advice on visas and health for your holiday to New York State.

Getting around New York State

By bus and train: Ride NYC’s buses and 24-hour subway train system and feel like a native New Yorker.

By taxi: Take one of NYC’s famous yellow metered taxis. Don’t forget to add a 15%-20% tip onto the fare, plus an extra $1 (weekdays, 4pm to 8pm).

By car or RV (motor home): A great option if you’re upstate and want to live out your road trip dream. Just ask your car rental company what you’ll need to get started.

By bike: Bikes are perfect for upstate treks and days out, and for whizzing around the city.  

Events in New York State

Fly away: For sky high fun, check out the Adirondack Balloon Festival in September with one hundred hot air balloons.

Cook out: Barbeque lovers will not want to miss the Hudson Valley Ribfest (August) or the National Buffalo Wing Festival (September).

Peak time: Held every August in Syracuse, The Great New York State fair hosts animals, exhibits, food and music over 12 days of pure fun.

The Great Jack O'Lantern Blaze: Head to the Hudson Valley in October for this sell out event! Stroll through the historic riverside setting and discover thousands of hand-carved jack o'lanterns.

New York State weather

Temperature: 16-24°C in September.

Best time to visit New York State: Autumn is the perfect season for a scenic drive through New York State, viewing nature and all its beauty.

Whether you're tasting the season's harvest at craft cideries and fall festivals or discovering Halloween thrills, the autumn air is full of excitemnet in New York State.

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