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Exterior of Stonewall Inn

By now, you’ve heard the news that WorldPride is coming to New York State (and the US) for the first time ever! It’s the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Uprising and celebrations are being held across the state. Eleven LGBT New Yorkers have been selected to act as New York State WorldPride 2019 Ambassadors, which you can learn more about here. We’ve asked the NYS WorldPride Ambassadors about the destinations they love, and for recommendations of what to see and do during your travels throughout New York State. [Answers are condensed and edited for clarity.] 

Taste of Buffalo

It’s summertime and the living is easy! At least in New York State it is, because there are so many events and fun things to do that being bored is not an option. July is a month full of amazing outdoor festivals celebrating everything from music to food, culture, horse racing, the anniversary of the moon landing, and lumberjacking! Read on for inspiration on how to live your best summer.

Interior room with bed at Mountain Horse Farm B&B and Wellness Retreat
Credit: Mountain Horse Farm

Glamping takes one of life’s simple pleasures—sleeping in the great outdoors—and elevates it with creature comforts and modern conveniences. There’s no tent to set up, no hard rocks underneath your sleeping bag, and no outhouses. New York State not only has gorgeous nature to escape to, but truly charming and creative glamping options. Read on for accommodations that offer goat yoga, cow-cuddling, guided nature tours, horseback riding, and more!

Maid of the mist

Looking for a getaway that packs in plenty of fun and also happens to be completely wheelchair accessible? Look no further than New York State! From majestic waterfalls to captivating mansions and some of the best displays of modern art in the country, there are lots of things to see and do that are accessible to all.

Opus 40 environmental sculpture in Saugerties, New York

Summer Fridays—and weekends—are incredibly precious, and most of us wait all year for them. Need inspiration for how to get the most from your summer weekends in New York State?  Pick and choose from these destinations to plan your ideal weekend getaways, or become the ultimate New York explorer and try them all!

Dominique Ansel Bakery

Whether you prefer your donuts filled or ring-shaped, glazed or powdered, for breakfast or as a dessert, or even whether you spell them “donuts” or “doughnuts," one thing everyone can agree on is that these masterpieces of sweet fried dough are a delicious treat. We’ve rounded up some of New York State’s finest doughy delights in honor of National Donut Day on June 7.

View of North South Lake and Round Top, Kaaterskill High Peak from Sunset Rock on Escapement trail, North South Lake DEC Campground

Why are the Catskills one of the hottest destinations in the US right now? Stylish resorts, acclaimed farm-to-table restaurants, and country-chic boutiques are the recently added attractions, but the region’s beauty is the template. There’s no better way to experience the Catskills than with a hike on its trails, which offer something for every type of outdoor adventurer, from those looking to get their heart rates up to those in search of a tranquil stroll in the woods. 

The Wild Walk tree canopy walk at The Wild Center

Happy (almost) Father’s Day! We appreciate all different types of dads, so instead of one-size-fits-all plans, read on for ideas on where and how to treat the unique dad in your life. From outdoor activities to unique museums, from gardens and restaurants to historical attractions and even spas, find the best way to show Dad you appreciate him.

Fire Island Beach
Credit: NPA Photo/  J.Peters

Long Island is world-famous for its stunningly scenic beaches. From the rockier shores and calmer waters of North Shore to the white sands and perfectly surfable waves of South Shore, there are so many options it’s hard to choose where to start! That’s why we’ve created your summer guide to Long Island beaching featuring where to go and what to do. Check out these eight destinations which make up a perfect sampling of the country’s best beaches to visit before the summer ends. Now get ready to soak up some sun!