New York Holidays & Accommodation
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Home to more than New York City, New York State has a lot to offer visitors who are looking to explore beyond the major metropolis in the middle of the state. Notable for its natural beauty of lakes, rivers, islands, and the Adirondack Mountains, the state has a lot to offer its explorers. Bordered on the north by the St. Lawrence River, the Thousand Islands offers tourists the chance to charter yachts and fishing vessels to tour the rich ecosystem of this river network. Also nearby is Niagara Falls, which border Canada, the American side offers some unique attractions. Long Island off the southeast part of the state contains numerous historical sites as well as some wineries that are gaining notoriety. There are some interesting towns and cities in the state of New York including Albany, one of the oldest surviving settlements from the original thirteen colonies. Seneca Falls marks the birthplace of the women's rights movement in the U.S. and is home to a museum commemorating the event.
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There are plenty of sites of natural beauty in and around New York State. The Adirondack Mountains of the northern part of the state are very beautiful and play host to a variety of cultural and historical activities. You can visit Lake Placid's Olympic arenas, see military re-enactments at old colonial forts, or go to the village of Saranac Lake for the Adirondack Arts Heritage Festival in the summer. Of course there are always miles of hiking trails to explore for the more solitary travellers.
Niagara Falls is not exactly for the solitary traveller, but offers spectacular views. For a soaking great view, you may want to take a boat ride around the base of the falls, a cruise that has been offered since the nineteenth century. You can also go to Goat Island, take an elevator down to the Cave of the Winds, and then hike to Bridal Falls.
Thousand Islands on the St. Lawrence River offers a multitude of activities. You can arrange for a yacht or fishing charter, but perhaps even more intriguing is a chance to explore the mansions and castles that dot the islands here. Wellesley Island State Park in the Thousand Islands area has the highest concentration of old homes and castles along its coast. Wellesley Island is a 2600 acre floating village attached to the mainland by the Thousand Islands Intern Bridge.
Long Island offers numerous touchstones to historical America. From the mansions reminiscent of the Great Gatsby, to the birthplace of Walt Whitman, you can arrange a tour of the mansions, castles and historical landmarks of Long Island. If that is not to your taste, you can arrange for a tour of the wineries which may end up in the Tasting Room, what used to be an old shop with an original 1860 tin roof, tin walls, and wood floor.
For towns to visit, you can see Albany, 100 miles north of New York City, and full of culture and history. Perhaps you may want to visit Cooperstown, home of the Baseball Hall of Fame and also home to beautiful Ostego Lake. Lake George, gateway to the Adirondacks, is a kitsch town full of cotton candy arcades and souvenirs but also host to some spectacular lakeside scenery.