New York State travel guide

New York State responsible travel guide

New York is so much more than a Big Apple. In fact, when I started to look beyond the shops and the skyscrapers, I found a garden of Eden bearing fruits which were in no way forbidden, but totally ripe to be picked. The reason we all know New York's postcode to be NY,NY is because New York City is just one small part of New York State. There are, in fact, ten other regions of New York State all just within a few hours' train or car journey from its buzzing core. So if you fancy a trip to New York, but want something more than museums and Macy's, there is a whole other New York world of adventures out there, many of which can even be fitted in after a city breakfast meeting or a Fifth Avenue frenzy.
Lake Placid and Niagara Falls, New York State. Photos by Darren McGee
The beaches of Long Island, for example, are already famous, but not many people know that you can take the train from Penn Station in Manhattan out to one of Long Islandís two tips. Long Island is mostly known for The Hamptons which is wonderful for serious people watching, or head to Montauk for whale watching, kayaking up creeks or hiking into rugged, ocean view woodlands.
And the great American lakeside lodge hotels, such as The Golden Arrow Lakeside Resort in The Adirondacks, where you can ski and snowshoe in winter, or use it as a base to hike onto the Adirondack Trails when the wild slopes are transformed with appropriate seasonal treats. Or Mohonk Mountain House in the Hudson Valley, like something lifted off the front of a Swiss chocolate box and where, if you take an early morning dip in the lake, you might be joined by some wild deer from the neighbouring Catskill mountains nipping down for a quick drink.
The Erie Canalway, Gore Mountain and St Lawrence River, New York State. Photos by Catherine Mack and Darren McGee
You have to fit one big hike or cycle into your schedule as New York is crammed with protected landscapes all waiting to please with superb tracks and trails networks. Such as Letchworth State Park in The Finger Lakes, sometimes known as the Grand Canyon of the East, the Erie Canalway Trail, which allows you to cycle 365 miles between the cities of Albany and Buffalo or Catskill Park with mountains just a hour and a half from New York City and where serious hiking awaits among its mind blowing 600 000 acres. All cool escapes from the summer heat of Manhattan and even cooler ones when the snows fall in winter. Retail therapy followed by a wilderness walking therapy is the way to go, even though snowshoes probably arenít the first thing on most peopleís NY packing.
Kayaking in Manahttan, New York State. Photo from manhattankayak.comFor responsible travellers with water on the brain, you can dip and dive, canoe and kayak your way across New York State, with expanses such as the Finger Lakes, Thousand Island Seaway, the lakes of the Adirondack Mountains and of course, the coast of Long Island, with its dramatic ocean on the south side and the more soothing waters of the Sound on the North Shore. And for a touch of Manhattan green get-go, I couldnít resist a paddle on the Hudson River. I remember being like a kid the first time I went to FAO Swartz toy emporium in New York, but weaving my way through the waters of a moonlit Manhattan by kayak was like all my Christmases come at once.

Written by Catherine Mack
New York State holiday, USA
Discover the best of New York State on this tailor made tour, from £1920 (13 days) inc UK flights
New York to Niagara Falls tour, 3 days
Niagara Falls & upstate New York short break from nyc, from £375 (3 days) ex flights
Finger Lakes kayak tours and kayak rental, New York State
Guided kayak/canoe tours in the famous Finger Lakes region, from US $175 per tour
Lake Clear lodge, Adirondacks, New York
Serene lakeside lodge with 5 green leaf environmental award, from US $189 per accommodation per night
Saratoga Springs farmstead B&B in New York State
Restored farmhouse B&B in beautiful Saratoga Springs, from US $150 per room per night (sleeps 2)
Adirondacks hiking tours in New York State
Hike across the geological wonders of the Adirondacks, from US $150 per tour (1 day)
New York to Niagara Falls tour
Adventure to the United States most iconic settings, from £370 - £385 (3 days) ex flights
Central New York State holiday cabins, USA
Comfortable wooden cabin in Central New York State, from US $229 per cabin per night
Lake Placid lakeside hotel, New York State, USA
The only thing we overlook is the lake, from US $99 - US $549 per accommodation per night
Adirondacks beginners rock climbing course, New York State
Learn the climbing basics in the spectacular Adirondacks, from US $300 - US $700 per tour (2 days)
Whale, dolphin and seal watching in New York City
Discover the Whales, Dolphins, and Seals of New York City, from US $25 - US $45 per tour
Adirondacks basic mountaineering tour, New York State, USA
Introductory mountaineering adventure, from US $300 per tour (2 days)
Finger Lakes bed & breakfast, New York State, USA
Enjoy the best of Finger Lakes lodging, from US $169 - US $199 per room per night (sleeps 2)
Saranac Lake Inn, Adirondacks, NY
Waterfront Hotel in the Adirondacks, from US $89 per accommodation per night
Finger Lakes horseback trail riding, New York State, USA
Year-round horseback trail ride adventures for everyone, from US $40 - US $200 per ride
Adirondacks rock and ice climbing courses in New York State
Experience the best ice and rock climbing in the Adirondacks, from US $240 - US $300 per course
Adirondack backcountry camp, NY, USA
Unique backcountry camping retreat in Adirondack state park, from US $200 per person per night
Letchworth State Park rafting trips in New York State, USA
Guided River Trips at Letchworth State Park, from US $35 - US $50 per tour
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