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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.

Batcheller Mansion Inn in Saratoga Springs, New York

If you’re the type who starts a Halloween countdown the second you feel a cool autumn breeze, you’re going to want to make your holiday plans in New York State. From the seriously scary haunted houses to Jack O’Lantern wonderlands, choose the right level of fright for you (none at all is an option!). Read on and find something fun that will get you into the holiday spirit—no tricks, all treats!