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What to see and what to do in New York State?

New York City, Niagara Falls, Buffalo, Lake George, Long Island, Albany, Hudson Valley, Thousand Islands are only a few of many amazing places in New York State. Use our New York State Travel Guide for information, idea and travel tips. Read our travel descriptions and see images and videos for inspiration. We have selected the best tours and activities for you, and we give our recommendations. We have researched, testet and and verified our partners, so you can enjoy easy and safe booking – on the GO!

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New York State facts:

The Capital in New York State: Albany – 100.000 inhabitants

Population in New York State: 20,2 million

New York State area: 141.297 km2, 455 km wide and 530 km long

Biggest city in New York State: New York City (8,8 mio), other big cities; Buffalo (278.000), Yonkers (211.000), Rochester (211.000), Syracuse (148.000)

Highest elevation in New York State: 1.629 m, Mount Marcy

National Parks of New York State: Niagara Falls, Adirondack

New York State is know as “The Empire State”

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Activities in New York State

– New York is a state which is both well known and full of surprises. Here are some suggestions for activities and tours in New York State:

– Deep-sea fishing off the coasts of Long Island.

– Hiking and kayaking in the Adirondack Mountains.

– Fly over the “Grand Canyon of the East”, Letchworth State Park, on a hot air balloon ride

– Try blowing glass at the Corning Museum of Glass

– Taste vintage wines from award-winning wineries along the Finger Lakes.

– Try “Maid of the Mist” at Niagara Falls and experience one of the world’s natural wonders up close.

– Explore a museum in the Catskills where the 1960s Woodstock Music Festival was held.

– Sail on a cruise on the longest canal system in the country.

– Relive American colonial and independence war history in the metropolitan area around Albany.

– Watch an exciting horse race with the world’s best breed horses at America’s oldest sports field, the Saratoga Race Course.

– Sail out to castles on the Thousand Islands.

..and much more… see many more activities and tours here

There are four seasons of attractions, activities, and tours, whether you are indoors or outdoors.

New York State size

New York is a state in the north-eastern United States. It is often called New York State to distinguish it from its largest city, New York City. With a total area of 141,300 km2, New York is the 27th largest state geographically. With 20.2 million inhabitants, it is the fourth most populous state in the United States. About 44% live in New York City and a further 14% on the rest of Long Island.

New York City (NYC)

New York City (NYC) is the most populous city in the United States, with about half of the state’s population living in New York’s metropolitan area. NYC is home to the UN headquarters, and has been described as the world’s cultural, financial, and media capital. In addition, the world’s most economically powerful city. Other major cities in the state are Buffalo, Yonkers, Rochester, Syracuse and the state capital Albany.

New York State landmarks

Many landmarks in New York are world famous, including some of the world’s most visited tourist attractions: Statue of Liberty, Times Square, Central Park, Niagara Falls and Grand Central Terminal.

In the 21st century, New York has emerged as a global hub for creativity and entrepreneurship. New York is also known for social tolerance and environmental sustainability. There are approximately 200 colleges and universities, including the State University of New York. Several universities in New York have been ranked among the top 100 in the nation and the world.

New York State topography

The state borders New Jersey and Pennsylvania to the south, and Connecticut, Massachusetts and Vermont to the east. It has a maritime border with Rhode Island, east of Long Island, as well as an international border with the Canadian provinces of Quebec to the north and Ontario to the northwest.

The south-eastern part of the state, area known as Downstate, is located in the Atlantic coastal plain. It includes Long Island and several smaller associated islands, as well as New York City and the lower Hudson River Valley. The much larger “Upstate” New York area spreads from the Great Lakes to Lake Champlain and the border with Pennsylvania. “Upstate” includes a diverse topography and a number of regions, including the Adirondack Mountains in the north-eastern part of the state.

New York also includes several areas of the wider Appalachian Mountains. The East-West Mohawk River Valley is the primary river valley. It contains several mountainous regions and connects with the north-south Hudson River Valley in the metropolitan area of New York.

Western New York is part of the Great Lakes region and borders the Great Lakes of Lake Ontario and Lake Erie, as well as Niagara Falls. Between the central part of the state and the western part of the state, New York is dominated by the Finger Lakes, a popular holiday and tourist destination.

New York State History

New York was one of the original thirteen colonies that formed the United States. The area of present-day New York had been inhabited by tribes of the Algonquians and Iroquois for hundreds of years when the earliest Europeans arrived.

The Dutch built Fort Nassau in 1614, where the current capital Albany later developed. The Dutch also settled in New Amsterdam and parts of the Hudson Valley. They established the multi-ethnic colony of New Netherland, center of trade and immigration.

England conquered the colony from the Dutch in 1664, where the Dutch recaptured their colony in 1673. They ended up finally ceding it to the English as part of the Treaty of Westminster the following year.

During the American Revolutionary War (1775-1783), a group of colonists in the province of New York tried to take control of the British colony. Eventually, it succeeded in establishing independence.

Enjoy your trip to New York!