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New York Travel Guide

New York state is a wonderful spot for both city travel and outdoor exploration. New York City is one of our most frequented destinations, as this vibrant city has no shortage of towering skyscrapers, world-class museums, and Broadway spectacles. For a change of pace, head to upstate New York for green mountains, ski resorts, and tranquil lakes that promise a relaxing vacation.

New York City Itinerary

With 5 days in New York City, you can visit the icons of New York…the Statue of Liberty, the Empire State Building, Times Square, and Central Park…and also have enough time to explore different neighborhoods, try new foods, and see a Broadway show. We put together this 5 day New York City itinerary to help you have the best experience here.

Things To Do In New York City

Niagara Falls

Niagara Falls is a popular destination in North America. Straddling the border between the United States and Canada, Niagara Falls has the highest flow rate of any waterfall in the world, including the mighty Victoria Falls in Africa and Iguaza Falls in South America.

Top Experiences in New York

New York City: New York City is one of the largest, most influential cities in the world. With its rich history, famous landmarks, museums and theaters, and its ever changing skyline, the to-do list for visitors is enormous. We continue to return to this city and can find some new experience each time we visit.

Lake Placid: This picturesque lake settled within the Adirondack mountains is a top nature retreat for New Yorkers. In the summer you can spend your days hiking to panoramic lookouts and going on a kayaking trip, while in the winter this is a top ski and snowboard destination.

The Adirondacks: The Adirondacks are home to New York’s largest mountains and prettiest lakes, making this a great destination for hiking, skiing, fishing, and mountain biking. 

The Catskills: The Catskills is another mountain region in New York. While not as much of a hiking and skiing hotspot as the Adirondacks, the Catskills is known for its charming towns, art galleries, and cultural experiences.

Watkins Glen State Park: Located in New York’s Finger Lakes Region is a stunning 400-foot-deep gorge that has carved out rocky cliffs and cascading waterfalls. Trails wind across stone bridges and through deep tunnels, giving visitors an engaging hiking experience. And the park’s small size makes this State Park possible for people of all ages to enjoy.

Taughannock Falls State Park: Rising 215 feet tall, Taughannock Falls is the tallest free falling waterfall in the northeastern United States. Visitors can hike the short Gorge Trail to reach the base of the Taughannock Falls to see the grandeur of this forceful falls as it descends into a limestone amphitheater.

Saratoga Springs: The historic small town of Saratoga Springs is well known for its horse racing, healing springs, picturesque parks, cultural museums, and haunted past.

Thousand Islands: The thousand islands is a picturesque destination made up of 1,864 tiny islands dotting the St. Lawrence River. It is a prime destination for a boat cruise and a relaxing island vacation. Cottages dot the islands here and you may find a fairytale castle on one of the islands.

Niagara Falls: Straddling the border between the United States and Canada, Niagara Falls has the highest flow rate of any waterfall in the world. This has made it one of the most popular waterfalls in the world. Not only can you tour the Falls by boat, helicopter, and your own two feet, but there are plenty of activities in the area to keep visitors busy.

Best Time to Visit New York

The optimal time to visit New York varies based on your interests. For outdoor activities in upstate New York, June to August offers pleasant weather, while September and October showcase beautiful fall foliage. Winter is perfect for skiing in the Adirondack mountains.

For New York City, spring and fall bring mild weather, making them ideal seasons to explore the City. Additionally, the holiday season, with iconic attractions like the Rockefeller Christmas Tree, festive light displays, holiday markets, and ice skating, adds a magical touch to winter visits.