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You already know that New York is the best state for pizza, but today, we're focusing on another famous carb + sauce Italian-inspired dish. You guessed it, we're talking pasta, and New York has bowls and bowls of it—including its very own regional specialty. From affordable local gems to a double Michelin-starred extravaganza, there’s no better place to enjoy pasta.

Buffalo Bills game at New Era Field
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Fall is prime time for sports fans in New York State, with many pro and collegiate seasons kicking off and running through winter. While two Bronx-based teams, the Yankees and Major League Soccer’s New York City Football Club, tried to extend their run through the playoffs in quest of a championship, other New York teams are just getting started. Here is a guide to New York State’s most notable sports teams in fall and winter, with tips on how to score tickets and, crucially, where to eat before, during, or after the big game! …

Olana State Historic Site

 A quick two-hour train ride or drive from Manhattan, the city of Hudson has become a hot dining and shopping scene. Boutique hotels have opened on and around Warren Street, the mile-long district that runs uphill from the Hudson River, encompassing dozens of antique shops, award-winning restaurants, art galleries, stylish independent retailers, and small parks. It's entirely possible to experience Hudson without a car—the train station is a short walk from Warren Street—or you can get out and explore surrounding Columbia County, with its abundance of farms, charming villages, hiking trails, and must-see attractions. This weekend in Hudson itinerary offers options for both types of travelers. Either way, it's easy to fall in love with this former factory town that is now a free-spirited, thriving city.

View from atop Whiteface Mountain

Fall is a spectacular season in the Adirondacks. Outdoor adventurers can hike, climb, mountain bike, and canoe amidst colorful fall foliage. Visitors can stay in campgrounds or resorts within the six million acres of the Adirondack Park—with natural beauty everywhere you look! The Olympic Sports Complex in Lake Placid offers opportunities to try favorite winter sports activities, and while the ski runs at mountains like Gore and Whiteface aren't quite open yet, fall is an incredible time to take a scenic skyride on a chairlift, try out some downhill mountain biking, or go for a hike! Here are our favorite things to do this fall in the Adirondacks. 

Brewery Ommegang

New York State is home to celebrated wine regions, the verdant farm-to-table hotbed in the Hudson Valley, and some of the best microbrews, cheeses, and chocolates found anywhere. Why not take a self-guided culinary adventure and discover the bounty of the Empire State? Local organizations have done most of the work for you in creating food and wine trails to help you discover favorites at your own pace and find delicious off-the-beaten-path places along the way! For a guided experience, take a tour with a local expert. However you choose to experience New York State’s exciting food and beverage trails and tours, bring your appetite!

NYS Capitol - Photo Courtesy of Capital-Saratoga Tourism, Inc.

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The Capital-Saratoga region is well-known for its Revolutionary War history, farming communities, and craft beverage scene. But did you know that the potato chip was invented right in Saratoga or that the character of Uncle Sam is said to be modeled after a former resident of Troy? Settle in as we take you through 11 more secrets of the Capital-Saratoga region for foodies, history lovers, appreciators of art and architecture, and travelers looking to get off the beaten path.

Crowd viewing the Great Jack O'Lantern Blaze

There is so much happening in the month of October in New York State! The leaves are changing, the air is getting crisp, and the pumpkins need carving. It’s also prime time for fall events, with oyster shucking, craft beer, history, and more worth celebrating. Not to mention that Halloween is quickly approaching. October is the perfect time to get outside and explore all that New York State has to offer.

War of 1812 Discovery Day at Sackets Harbor Battlefield

Columbus Day Weekend, October 12–14, is also Path Through History Weekend in New York State, a chance to celebrate the rich and vibrant past from the shores of Lake Ontario to the eastern tip of Long Island. Below, we’ve selected 12 can’t-miss events featuring space photography, thousands of pumpkins, and historical reenactments at Sackets Harbor Battlefield and Fort William Henry. Check out the Path Through History event site for all of the historical and educational attractions hosting something special over the weekend!

Courtesy of Peek'n Peak Resort

With summer vacation over and winter holidays months away, it might seem as though somebody hit the pause button on family fun. But the weather outside is cool and crisp and New York fall foliage is simply spectacular—so don’t sit this season out! An affordable weekend getaway is all you need to enjoy the weather, nature, and each other. Read on for 10 amazing trips that each can fit into a weekend and won’t break the bank!