New York State Holidays

Escape the hustle and bustle of the ‘city that never sleeps’ and explore more of what ‘upstate’ has to offer. 

From sky-high mountains and pine-scented forests in the Adirondacks to stretching white-sand beaches and horseback riding trails in Long Island, New York state is all about incredible contrasts.

Tour the lakeside wineries in the Fingerlakes, sample the incredible farm-to-table food scene in the Hudson Valley, experience family-fun in the Catskill Mountains, soak up the lively atmosphere in Rochester or Buffalo or cruise the miles of sparkling coastline in Thousand Islands-Seaway. There is so much to see and do in the Empire State - just make sure you get out and experience it.

Destination Highlights
  • Experience the natural beauty of alpine town, Lake Placid in the Adirondack Mountains
  • View Hudson Valley's spectacular fall foliage
  • Escape the Big Apple's hustle in the nearby Catskill Mountains
  • Sample farm-to-table cuisine and world-renowned Rieslings in the Fingerlakes
  • Take a stunning sunset dinner cruise in the heart of the 1000 Island Seaway
  • Learn to surf on Long Island's white sand beaches

Time Zone

GMT-5 hours

Flight Time

Approx 7 hours; direct flights from the UK to New York are available

Currency

US Dollar

Visa Information

Ensure you have a valid ESTA prior to travel.

Language

English

Health Information

No vaccinations required.

If you thought that New York City had plenty to see and do, explore 'upstate's' endless options. From incredible arts, culture and history in the regions cities to the unforgettable outdoor experiences, farm-to-fork cuisine and wineries to be explored in the countryside.

  • Cities

    While New York state is mostly about experiencing its great outdoors, its fantastic cities are not to be missed. Head to Rochester in the Fingerlakes region, this eclectic city is full of surprises from beautiful parks, unique cuisine and cool festivals or visit lively college town Syracuse surrounded by rolling vineyards and crystal lakes. If you're looking for art galleries, historical neighbourhoods and farm-to-table restaurants, then look no further than Buffalo, don't forget to also include a visit to nearby Niagara Falls to view the breath taking rushing waters.

  • Mountains

    New York state is perfect for a mountain getaway, whether you want to be just hours from the city or if you want to truly escape into the upstate wilderness. Just a two hour drive through dramatic vistas and quaint villages leads you to the the Catskill Mountains. Full of outdoor activity, take an open-air ride on the Catskill Mountain Railroad, swim in the sparkling lakes and hike to new heights on the mountain peaks. Or head further north to Lake George's crystal-clear waters and sandy beaches in the Adirondack Mountains. Experience luxury lakeside resorts, cliff-top trails and explore charming villages like Saranac Lake.

  • Wineries

    New York's diverse landscape mirrors the diversity of its award-winning wines--from fruity, aromatic varieties to classic European and French-American wines that blend the best of both worlds. Take a tour along the Long Island Wine Council Trail with more than 40 acclaimed wineries on the coastal trail to be explored. Visit the Finger Lakes Wine Festival every July, head to the Adirondack Coast Wine Trail for breathtaking scenery along with fine ciders and beers or spend some times in the Hudson Valley, home to over 30 wineries including the nation’s oldest vineyard, Benmarl Winery.

  • Cuisine

    New York's bounty of farms, orchards and vineyards all create the very best ingredients for unforgettable dining experience. The regions cities feature diverse restaurants and some of the world's best chefs, where the countryside has plenty of fresh farm produce is available from you-pick farms for berries and apples to pumpkins and markets selling some of the best baked goods and home made preserves. Try some local delicacies from grape pie, made popular in the Finger Lakes, Buffalo's famous chicken wings to haute cuisine and everything in-between.

  • Outdoor Activities

    New York state is the perfect destination for outdoor adventure. Learn to fish in the scenic lakes surrounding the Hudson Valley or bike along the miles of trails across the landscape, if you prefer bigger thrills, try the New York Zipline Adventure Tour in the Catskill Mountains, it's the longest and highest in North America. In the Adirondacks, ride the summer bobsled at Lake Placid's Olympic Complex, board the historic Adirondack Scenic Railroad or take Lake Placid's Cloudsplitter, the most scenic gondola in North America.

  • Emma, Destination Specialist

    Emma

    Destination Specialist

    Definitely make sure you hire a car to fully explore the state, travelling at your own pace means you'll have more time to explore New York's hidden gems

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