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Holidays in New York State

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.

28-32 °C

Best time to visit New York State: During the pleasant high summer, or snow-laden winter.

5 hours

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.

Book a Thomas Cook holiday to New York State and experience everything from the wild style of New York City to the wildlife of the Catskills.

Self Drive Holidays

New York Self Drive

New York City | Saratoga Springs

Hotel highlights
  • 6 nights, flights included
  • 4 days car hire included
  • Pick-up downtown New York & drop-off Newark airport
  • Gray Line New York All Loops Tour 48hr Pass included

What is included?

New England & Niagara

Boston | White Mountains | Green Mountains | Lake Placid | Niagara Falls | Finger Lakes Region | Berkshire Hills Area | Newport | Cape Cod

Hotel highlights
  • 15 days car hire included
  • Pick-up & drop-off in Boston
  • Flights included

What is included?

New York State Self Drive

New York City | Poughkeepsie/Fishskill

Hotel highlights
  • 5 nights, flights included
  • 3 days car hire included
  • Top of The Rock included
  • New York TV and Movie Sites City Tour included

What is included?

New York State Self Drive

New York City | Catskills | Syracuse | Binghampton

Hotel highlights
  • 9 nights, flights included
  • 6 days car hire included
  • Pick-up Downtown NYC & drop-off Syracuse Airport

What is included?

Recommended Holidays in New York State

Roadway Inn and Suites


Hotel highlights
  • 3 nights
  • Flight included
  • 12 miles from Niagara Falls and a short drive from Downtown Buffalo
  • Free wireless high speed internet access

What is included?

Belvedere Hotel

New York

Hotel highlights
Hotel highlights
  • 4 nights, flights with Thomas Cook Airlines
  • Located on West 48th Street in Midtown Manhattan
  • In the heart of the Theater District this boutique hotel is ideal for those seeking something a bit special

What is included?

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Wellington Hotel

New York

Hotel highlights
  • 3 nights
  • Flights included
  • The Big Apple by Liberty Helicopter Tour included
  • Award-winning Mediterranean restaurant

What is included?

Immerse yourself in bustling New York City by staying in the glamorous Theater District or the authentic Union Square; in central Midtown you’ll be close to the iconic Chrysler and Empire State skyscrapers. Head north of Manhattan to the Catskills for a more rustic experience: think log cabins, castles, even a Native American-style tepee. If that’s not your style, there are plenty of spas and resorts. Out west is Niagara Falls, where you can pick a prime hotel room with a view, find a campsite to pitch a tent or roll up in an RV, or stay in a quaint little cottage.

The array of hotels in Niagara Falls gives you plenty of options: stay close enough to see the falls from your window, camp out and admire the stars on a summer’s evening, or put your feet up in a fabulous spa. The city of Buffalo isn’t far away if you miss the fast-paced city vibe.

Home of the legendary Woodstock Festival, the Catskills is rural, untamed, and mountainous. Its four regions (Ulster, Sullivan, Delaware and Greene) are popular with city dwellers and perfect for recharging your batteries. Stay in a secluded log cabin or tepee to get the real flavour of the outdoors.

Prime New York City spots include central Midtown, for the world-famous skyscrapers, Grand Central Terminal, the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), and the Fifth Avenue stores. The historic Union Square is right in the middle of Broadway and Fourth Avenue, and the Theater District puts you right by the famous Times Square lights.

There are a vast number of things to do in New York State: aside from the city there are 22 national parks, 27 natural landmarks, 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.

Niagara Falls is the jewel in New York State’s crown. Grab the binoculars for a closer view at the sidelines where you can feel the fine spray, or sail close to the falls on ‘The Maid of the Mist’. The mountainous Adirondacks are a great place to admire the view and soak up the tranquillity, or take to the beaches and waterways for sports. Catch the train or drive out to Long Island from New York City and relax on its beautiful white-sand beaches, or venture up to the Hamptons or Thousand Islands for a romantic getaway.

Take a road trip along the 726km New York State Seaway Trail in the Thousand Islands region, or the Catskills Scenic Trail (in the west of the region), which ambles through miles of spectacular mountain views and quaint villages. Head to beautiful Niagara Falls and stop by the Daredevil Museum to see the barrels and contraptions used by various thrill-seekers to tackle the crashing force of the waters. Experience the exhilarating atmosphere in a much safer way with a guided walk behind the falls.

Central Park and its Zoo are New York City must-sees. Hop on a free ferry to Governors Island, just seven minutes from Lower Manhattan. Enjoy a picnic, and then rent a bike (free on Fridays) and cycle on the island’s 2-mile perimeter path. Ride out to Coney Island in southern Brooklyn to ride the Wonder Wheel, a nearly 100 year old wooden rollercoaster. Long Island in the outer New York area has soft white sand beaches; east of Manhattan is Thousand Islands-Seaway, which is actually a group of nearly 2000 islands, with 28 state parks and magnificent views of Lake Ontario.

Why choose Thomas Cook

With hotels available to suit every person and every budget look no further than Thomas Cook for your getaway this year!

  • Thousands of hotels to choose from
  • Dedicated online customer service
  • Over 170 years of travel experience
  • Award winning travel company
  • Thousands of destinations worldwide


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

Get your adrenaline fix ziplining through the Windham Mountains, or on the thrilling rides at the iconic Coney Island.

Camp under the stars in summer, take to the Catskills’ slopes in winter, and hear the roar of the Niagara Falls.


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 5 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.


Temperature: 28-32°C in July.

Best time to visit New York State: During the pleasant high summer, or snow-laden winter.

City summers can top 28-32°C in July, and its winters plunge into minus figures (like -18°C!) in January. Pack a few extra layers in spring or autumn in case of a surprise blast of cold or heat. Upstate is milder; there are wetter springs, cooler summers, and plenty of snow in the winter.


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.  


Fly away: Wrap up the summer at Central New York’s Balloon Rally (August).

Cook out: The New York Botanical Gardens in the Bronx hosts the Big Backyard BBQ and Music Festival in June.

Peak time: The Catskill Mountain Culture Festival (July) offers family fun: crafts, music, film and a slice of rural New York life.

Cooler than cool: Among the many winter festivals are the jazzy Long Island Winterfest (Feb-March) the sporty Winter Jam in NYC (January), or family-orientated Raquette Lake Winter Festival in Adirondacks (Feb).

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