Seeing the power of cascading water at Niagara Falls State Park
The Adirondacks’ Indian Pass with Algonquin Peak in the background in Lake Placid
Landscape ablaze with beautiful fall colors in Central New York
Golden rock formations at Chimney Bluffs State Park in the Finger Lakes region
An aerial view of Mohonk Mountain House in the Hudson Valley
Nighttime view of the skyline of Albany, the state capital
A lavender sky settles over the Montauk Point Light on Long Island
The 100-year-old Singer Castle on Dark Island in the St. Lawrence River
Serene day at the Stone Arch Bridge Historical Park in the town of Delaware
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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.
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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.