New York state offers more than just the Big Apple, but no trip to the state is complete without a few days in this famous city.
Yes, the big city offers thrills, culture, great eating, and some of the finest shopping in the world. It is the state's most well-known and often visited city. What New York City lacks, though, is the natural beauty and serenity seen beyond its concrete confines.
Riding a bike or skiing down a mountain, splashing in a quiet, clear lake, or wandering the streets of beautiful cities are all options. No matter what kind of vacation you're searching for, the Empire State has a plethora of great locations to rejuvenate and pass away a weekend.
You'll be remiss if you don't visit every inch of this amazing area, from the majestic Adirondack and the Catskill Mountains to the tranquil Finger Lakes and gorgeous Long Island beaches.
Don't know where to start? Take a look at our selection of the top weekend getaways in New York State.
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1. The city of New York
New York is unlike any other city. Daring design, beautiful architecture, and unmatched arts culture, the world's finest musical theatre, amazing restaurants, and stores offering everything you didn't know you wanted but must have abounded in this trend-setting paradise.
Despite the fact that this city does not officially sleep, seeing everything in a day is difficult. Even a long weekend won't be enough to fully appreciate New York's magnificence.
If this is your first visit to New York, concentrate your efforts on the city's main tourist attractions: Times Square, the Empire State Building, the Statue of Liberty, Central Park, and Rockefeller Center are all must-sees. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, MOMA, Guggenheim, and the American Museum of Natural History should all be on your must-see list when it comes to museums.
2. The Falls of Niagara
Niagara Falls, one of New York's most romantic vacations, is a must-see for lovers. The Maid of the Mist is the region's most well-known (and longest-running) boat trip. Climb aboard and wear a blue plastic poncho before getting up close to the falls.
The Cave of the Winds on Goat Island is one of the most lovely locations to snuggle up. You'll be handed a poncho (this time yellow) and sandals to protect your feet from the water that pours down from the beautiful falls above as you stroll down the boardwalk.
When you've had your fill of water, visit Old Fort Niagara to learn about the history of the area. Then, before going to the magnificent, late-twentieth-century English Tudor-style Red Coach Inn Historic Bed & Breakfast Hotel, check out some other exciting Niagara Falls activities.
3. Hudson Valley
A trip to the Hudson Valley in upstate New York is difficult to beat. This magnificent area, rich in natural beauty, will cure your spirit and let you forget about your problems. It's no surprise that it's one of the most popular weekend vacation destinations in New York City.
Visitors to Hudson Highlands State Park will be rewarded with breathtaking vistas. Award-winning farm-to-table restaurants (such as Terrapin Restaurant in Rhinebeck) entice tourists to indulge in the finest organic cuisine. And a stay at the magnificent Mohonk Mountain House will allow you to enjoy much of what the region has to offer, including horseback riding, hiking, swimming, and relaxing in the spa.
4. The town of Lake Placid
Lake Placid, a two-time Winter Olympic site (in 1932 and 1980), is the ideal location for a fun and peaceful long weekend getaway. The majority of visitors come to this region to take in its breathtaking natural beauty. This beautiful town is a draw for people seeking outdoor activity, thanks to its large, glittering lake and stunning mountains.
Swimming, boating, fishing, hiking, and biking are among the most popular summer activities for families. Visitors may enjoy a variety of popular outdoor activities during winter weekend trips, including skiing, skating, and bobsledding.
The town itself entices people seeking a small-town atmosphere with big-city amenities. Spas, art galleries, boutique stores, and restaurants ranging from informal cafés to premium farm-to-table choices may all be found here.
5. The Island of Long Island
Long Island, best known as the location of New York's affluent playground, The Hamptons, has a lot to offer people with less affluence. If you're looking for a romantic vacation near New York City, look no further. It may be found on one of the South Shore's beautiful golden beaches. Do you want to learn about history? While touring the famous Gold Coast homes, you can do exactly that.
The good times don't end there. The lovely village of Montauk is an ideal weekend getaway for metropolitan dwellers. They may view the beautiful lighthouse (which dates back to 1797) and walk miles of trails or rest on the beach shore while they're here.