The Empire State is a fitting name for New York. The state that has everything you could desire in a vacation, from "the city that never sleeps" to the pristine wilderness of Upstate New York. You can experience it all in one visit because lakes and natural forests are just a few hours from the excitement and variety of the Big Apple.
We've tried to help you narrow down your vacation plans with suggestions on what to see and when to travel. The fall and early spring have the best weather, with high temperatures in the 60s and 70s. If you're a major sports fan, it's also a great time to attend professional baseball and hockey games. Autumn is an especially good time to visit the Upstate to view the flaming fall colors that blanket the forests.
If you want to experience nature's awesome majesty, New York's got you covered. The 19 waterfalls of Watkins Glen State Park consist of stone bridges, streams, and woodlands. You can go hiking and birding at Niagara Falls State Park after getting so close to the 12,000-year-old falls that you need a rain poncho to stay dry. The Finger Lakes Region and the Adirondack Mountains are also beautiful natural areas that combine outdoor activities with shopping and dining opportunities.
In New York City, you can take in a Broadway show, visit iconic destinations like the Empire State Building, and experience the food that New York is famous for. Indulge in shopping at the upscale retailers of Hudson Yards in Manhattan, then check out the observation deck on the 100th floor. New York is always open with world-class museums and art galleries, and an exciting nightlife that includes everything from dance clubs to all-night diners.