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Lake Placid - Whiteface Mountain

It’s the most wonderful time of the year, especially in New York State. Every winter, New York turns into one big wonderland. We have more ski resorts than any other state, brilliant museums for adults and children who want to warm up indoors, incredible cold-weather wildlife, and endless ways to stay moving all season long. Check out our ultimate New York bucket list of items to have the most exciting, memorable winter yet!

Snowmobiling at Allegany State Park

While you may be familiar with other regions we’ve written about in this series like the Adirondacks, the Catskills, and the Finger Lakes, there’s a chance you’ll be a pioneer among your friends as you explore the westernmost region of New York. You’re in the right spot, because we are revealing some of the region’s best secrets. In fact, the name Chautauqua is actually a secret itself. It’s said to be from the long-forgotten Erie language of the Erie Iroquoian people, but no one alive today knows what it means—or if they do, they’re better at keeping secrets than we are.

Long Island City

If you visit New York City without visiting at least one outer borough, you’re not really seeing New York City. While Brooklyn gets a lot of attention, we’d like to introduce you to Queens. Queens is the most culturally diverse county in the US so you can bet your taste buds will be pleased. The borough is also home to world-class museums, exciting sports, and excellent views. It’s no wonder that Amazon chose one of Queens’ hippest neighborhoods, Long Island City, as a new corporate headquarters.

Niagara Falls State Park

We know you might still be focused on prepping for Thanksgiving, but here’s the thing about winter getaway destinations in New York—they’re AMAZING! So it never hurts to start planning your trip early to make sure you get a room in that cozy lodge or put together that perfect itinerary of things to do without stressing at the last minute. Read on for 11 ideas of places to have a blast this winter.

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New York State offers no shortage of amazing shopping opportunities if you're looking to stock up on holiday gifts before you've even had your first leftover-turkey sandwich. But not everyone is energized by the crowds and the chaos of Black Friday. If you're looking to avoid the lines—or avoid shopping altogether—New York has you covered this Black Friday. 

Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade - Photo Courtesy of Macy's, Inc.

Who’s feeling festive?! We know we’re not in the full swing of holiday season just yet, but with all the festivals, craft fairs, parties, and parades happening this month—not to mention our nation’s beloved eating marathon (Thanksgiving)—November is packed with fall fun. Read on to find events happening all over New York State to keep you in high spirits.