New York State travel guide

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.

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

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

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.