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Santa's Workshop - Photo Courtesy of Santa's Workshop

Thoughts unavoidably turn to the North Pole this time of year, and the lesser-known North Pole sits in the shadow of Whiteface Mountain in New York's Adirondack Park. It's a real town (hamlet, actually, in the town of Wilmington) in the state's northeast corner, just about 12 miles from Lake Placid. Appropriately, it's home to Santa's Workshop, believed to be the nation's oldest theme park.

Times Square at night from street level

Have you always wanted to “go big” for New Year’s Eve in New York? With a dizzying array of celebrations going on throughout New York State, this year you can! From jaw-dropping fireworks displays to impressive musical acts to family-friendly festivities, plan an unforgettable experience as you count down on New Year’s Eve in New York! 

Niagara Falls State Park - Photo Courtesy of Beautiful Destinations

It's a new decade—which means that it's time to start making new memories in New York! 2020 is the year to swoop over Niagara Falls in a helicopter, go fly fishing in the birthplace of the sport, bring the kids to experience the most exciting new theme park in the US, and so much more! Read on to explore 20 New York attractions that you'll want to add to your personal bucket list and start planning your 2020 travels today. (Note: The I LOVE NY Build Your Own Bucket List Sweepstakes concluded on December 20, 2019.)

Ice Bikes at Canalside

New York State is a winter wonderland all season long—and not just because of classic outdoor activities like skiing and snowboarding. It’s home to a number of extraordinary and memorable experiences that are perfect for helping you get through—and dare we say it, enjoy—the chilly weather. So why not reclaim the icy months by trying something new and exciting you can only do during winter? Try these unique New York activities and you’ll find yourself warming up to the cold before you know it.

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Winter holidays mean hanging out, watching games on TV, eating big meals—all fantastic options. But sometimes after all the lounging you’re needing a new adventure. The good news is New York State offers a wide range of affordable wintertime escapes. Read on for amazing trips to give you plenty of memories for the family scrapbook (or Instagram feed). 

Beautiful Destinations - Windham Mountain - Catskills - Winter - Photo by Beautiful Destinations

Whether you’re a certified ski bunny or just down to get cozy, New York State’s Catskill Mountains have what you need to après-ski. If you’re not familiar with the French term, it translates to “after ski” and describes all the fun social activities that take place after hitting the slopes. From refueling at a farm-to-table restaurant to celebrating the number of runs you crushed that day at a local pub to  unwinding with a soothing massage, there’s no wrong way to après-ski. 

Whiteface Mountain

New York State is home to some of the country’s most beautiful and thrilling skiing destinations. It should be no surprise that it’s also home to amazing après-ski options, no matter what you’re looking for. Get cozy over a craft beer or local wine, warm yourself to the core in a steamy sauna and treat your muscles to a Swedish massage, or delight the kiddos and keep the fun going until bedtime. If you’re exploring Whiteface Mountain or Gore Mountain in the Adirondacks, read on to find amazing options nearby to craft the perfect winter experience.

Empire State Plaza Holiday Tree Lighting

December is a special time in New York State. With streets lit by twinkling lights, cozy stores inviting you in with a warm, festive welcome, and plenty of celebrating going on everywhere you look, December is the time of year for traditions, both new and old! Don’t let the cold keep you inside; there are endless activities across New York State this December that welcome all with glad tidings and good cheer! 

Main Street in Catskill at night

How many main streets in New York have you shopped? With unique architecture, beautiful window displays, and business-lined sidewalks, the state boasts some of the best main streets for shopping. From classic souvenirs and high-end clothes to thoughtful keepsakes and handmade items, there are options for everyone. Take your next shopping trip along a picture-perfect main street in a New York State village, town, or small city with a small-town feel. 

Roxbury Motel

Whether you're looking for a quick getaway without the kids or planning a dreamy Valentine's Day trip, New York State has got you covered. Fall in love with these cozy and romantic winter getaways that offer breathtaking scenery, swoon-worthy accommodations, and fresh adventures—many with discount packages to make your stay even more affordable!