Introducing New York State

Chic city break, or rural hideaway? New York State offers the best of both worlds. Get swept up with the exhilarating pace of life in Manhattan. Spend days soaking up the sights, and nights unwinding in your boutique hotel. Or leave the city behind and venture into the wild surrounds of the Adirondack Mountains. This is the place to discover woodland trails, stylish ski resorts and luxury lakeside retreats.

Things to do

Boasting one of America’s oldest cities, New York State has many cultural treasures to discover. Catch up with cutting edge art at MOMA and the Guggenheim, or explore the Hudson River Valley’s sculpture parks and painting schools. Visit the New York State Museum in Albany to learn the stories of the region’s first inhabitants, the Iroquois. Or uncover Revolutionary War sites around Saratoga Springs. This fashionable resort is also home to a Performing Arts Centre that hosts the New York City Ballet and Philadelphia Orchestra.

From rugged mountains to maple forests, New York State offers East Coast scenery at its finest. New York City is just a short journey away from the beaches and lighthouse-topped cliffs of Long Island. Explore the glamorous coastal hideaways of the Hamptons, or spot dolphins and whales in the waves. Upstate, the landscape moves from the wide expanse of the Hudson River Valley to the woodlands and peaks of the Adirondacks. Lovers of the great outdoors will find plenty to explore, from winding bike trails to world-class ski routes surrounding Lake Placid.

There’s far more to New York cuisine than pizza and cheesecake – although these classics are still worth sampling after a day’s sightseeing. With its mix of different cultures, the city is the place to seek out food from around the world. While out in the countryside, you’ll find locally grown fare, including wine from New York State vineyards.

Top Tip from SLH

New York may seem an unlikely surfing hotspot, but travel to Montauk on the tip of Long Island and you’ll see thrill-seekers catching huge Atlantic breakers