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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.

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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.

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 in New York State

Wine, Water and Wonders

Cornig | Finger Lakes | Rochester | Niagara Falls

Hotel highlights
  • A great self drive to add to you stay
  • 1 night Cornig (Radisson Hotel Cornig)
  • 1 night Finger Lakes (Best Western Plus Vineyard Inn)
  • 1 night Rochester (Doubletree by Hilton Rochester); 1 night Niagara Falls (Comfort Inn The Pointe)

What is included?

  • 4 nights accommodation (room only)
  • 5 days car hire
  • Prices are per person based on 2 adults sharing

Nine Days in New York State

Hudson Valley | Syracuse | Buffalo

Hotel highlights
  • 3 nights Hudson Valley (Hampton Inn Fishkill)
  • 3 nights Syracuse (Jefferson Clinton Hotel)
  • 2 nights Buffalo (Adams Mark Hotel)

What is included?

  • 8 nights accommodation (room only)
  • 9 days car hire
  • Prices are per person based on 2 adults sharing

New York, Cornig and Buffalo

New York City | Cornig | Buffalo | New York City

Hotel highlights
  • 1 night New York City (Skyline Hotel)
  • 1 night Cornig (Radisson Hotel Cornig)
  • 2 nights Buffalo (Hampton Inn & Suites)
  • 2 nights New York City (Skyline Hotel)

What is included?

  • 6 nights accommodation (room only)
  • 4 days car hire
  • Return flights from London
  • Prices are per person based on 2 adults sharing

New York City and Buffalo

New York City | Buffalo

Hotel highlights
  • 3 nights New York City (Distrikt Hotel)
  • 3 nights Buffalo (Hampton Inn & Suites)

What is included?

  • 6 nights accommodation (room only)
  • 4 days car hire
  • Return flights from London
  • Prices are per person based on 2 adults sharing

New York State self-drive with New York City

Hudson Valley | Finger Lakes | Buffalo | Cornig | New York City

Hotel highlights
  • 2 nights Hudson Valley (Hampton Inn Fishkill)
  • 1 night Finger Lakes (Best Western Plus Vineyard Inn & Suites)
  • 2 nights Buffalo (Hampton Inn & Suites); 1 night Cornig (Radisson Hotel Cornig)
  • 2 nights New York City (Dream Midtown)

What is included?

  • 8 nights accommodation (room only)
  • 10 days car hire
  • Return flights from London
  • Prices are per person based on 2 adults sharing

Capital - Saratoga Region and the Adirondacks

Albany | Thousand Islands | Lake Placid | Adirondacks | Saratoga

Hotel highlights
  • 2 nights Albany (Cresthill Suites Albany);
  • 2 nights Thousand Islands - Watertown (Candlewood Suites) 2 nights Lake Placid (Doubletree by Hilton Rochester)
  • 2 nights Adirondacks - Plattsburgh (Holiday Inn Plattsburgh)
  • 2 nights Saratoga (Best Western Park Inn)

What is included?

  • 10 nights accommodation (room only)
  • 11 days car hire
  • Return flights from London
  • Prices are per person based on 2 adults sharings

New York State self-drive with New York City

New York City | Cornig | Rochester | Buffalo | Finger Lakes | New York City

Hotel highlights
  • 1 night New York City (The Lexington Hotel); 1 night Cornig (Radisson Hotel)
  • 2 nights Rochester (Doubletree Hilton Hotel); 2 nights Buffalo (Hotel @ The Lafayette)
  • 1 night Finger Lakes (Best Western Plus Vineyard Inn & Suites)
  • 2 nights New York City (The Lexington Hotel)

What is included?

  • 9 nights accommodation (room only)
  • 11 days car hire
  • Return flights from London
  • Prices are per person based on 2 adults sharing

Long Island and Hudson Valley

Long Island | Hudson Valley

Hotel highlights
  • 5 nights Long Island (Holiday Inn Manhattan View)
  • 4 nights Hudson Valley (Hampton Inn Fishkill)

What is included?

  • 9 nights accommodation (room only)
  • 10 days car hire
  • Return flights from London
  • Prices are per person based on 2 adults sharing

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.

No visit to New York State is complete without visiting Niagara Falls, sail right up to the Falls on the Maid of the Mist. After dark, see the falls illuminated in colour. Along the 17-mile long gorge at Letchworth State Park, trails weave around waterfalls and cliffs. The city of Buffalo isn’t far away if you miss the fast-paced city vibe with its many attractions. 

Crossing the heart of New York State, you'll find eleven finger-shaped lakes along with waterfalls, gorges, vineyards and lush forests. The state parks, such as Buttermilk Falls, are perfect for outdoor fun, whilst vibrant cities and towns complement the area's natural beauty. Syracuse offers opportunities for shopping, culture and dining.

From Broadway to Brooklyn, the five boroughs offer something for everyone. With world-class museums, fantastic food choices and unforgettable experiences - there's something to discover around every corner. Take in the amazing city views from the observation decks at Top of the Rock or the Empire State Building, or on a stroll across Brooklyn Bridge.

The Hudson Valley is a photographer's dream! Home to some of America's most visited sites, there's everything from sweeping rivers and majestic valleys to small towns and quiet farms. A region steeped in history, natural beauty and culture - it's also the oldest wine producing area in the country.

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.

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.

You don't need to go far to find an adventure in New York State. 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. At Hunter Mountain experience the longest, fastest and highest Zipline Tour in North America. 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 Times Square are New York City must-sees. Hop on a free ferry to Staten Island, just 25 minutes away from Lower Manhattan and take in the views of the Statue of Liberty and the Manhattan skyline. 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 and world class wineries.

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 175 years of travel experience
  • Award winning travel company
  • Thousands of destinations worldwide

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 parasailing hundreds of feet above scenic Lake George or feel the exhilaration of whitewater rafting in the Adirondacks.

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


FAST FACTS

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.


WEATHER & CLIMATE

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.


GETTING AROUND

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

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.


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