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Watkins Glen State Park-Photo-Courtesy of Beautiful Destinations

Watkins Glen in the Finger Lakes is a wonderful example of a small town in upstate New York with a big story (other good examples are Seneca Falls and Cooperstown). While there may be fewer than 2,000 year-round residents, Watkins Glen is also home to world-class attractions like gorge-ous Watkins Glen State Park and Watkins Glen International, the only place to watch NASCAR in the state. Don’t worry about the planning, we’ve done it all for you:

Credit: NPA Photo/  J.Peters
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!

Nancy's of Woodstock Artisanal Creamery

You scream, I scream, we all scream for ice cream—and New York State, where the ice cream sundae was invented, has some of the very best. From trendy artisan-run shops, featuring unique flavors you won’t find anywhere else, to classic roadside stands pumping out soft serve made from locally sourced ingredients, these are some of the best places to satisfy your cravings across New York, along with some things you might want to do in town when you’re not busy eating ice cream.

Chocolate Workshops at New York Kitchen

You know about the M&Ms store in Times Square, we’ve told you where to get some of the best chocolate-covered donuts in the state, and we’ve even spilled the (chocolate) beans on where to find world-winning chocolate in the Catskills, but there’s even more to New York’s chocolate scene than what we’ve already shared. You can have some pretty unique chocolate adventures in New York State, and we’ve rounded up some of our favorites.

Otesaga Resort Hotel in Cooperstown

You already know that the official (and free!) I LOVE NEW YORK mobile app can be your best friend on the road in New York, pointing out attractions, restaurants, and events in the area. But did you know that it also now offers four audio walking tours? Each of the following tours dives into the stories and the secrets of a famous town or city within New York State and will pop up on your screen when you access the mobile app in these areas. The tours can be paused and restarted whenever you’d like so you can take your time exploring the many exciting stops along the way.

High Falls Gorge

We all want a solid two-week block of vacation days in the summer, but even if you can’t get that much time off, you can still get your much-needed R&R! Read on for 11 magical summer getaways right here in New York State that will only take a weekend to make you feel refreshed and revived.

National Baseball Hall of Fame

If you’ve heard of Cooperstown, you’ve probably heard about its association with baseball, and it’s true, it is a dream destination for fans of the sport. But it’s also a charmingly quintessential small American town that sits on a gorgeous lake, packed with fun activities for the whole family. No matter what pastimes you’re into, learn why this is the perfect place to visit with kids. And don’t be surprised if everyone walks away with a bit of baseball fever—or at least a bit of baseball appreciation.

Nathan's Famous 4th of July Hot Dog-Eating Contest

July is like the Saturday of summer; we’re officially in the swing of warm-weather fun, but there’s no stress about the season coming to an end anytime soon. Best of all, the month is packed with festivals, celebrations, fairs, and hot-dog-eating contests to make summer memorable. Read on to see the exciting events happening statewide that’ll make you forget all about how much you’re sweating.

Taste of Buffalo

Whether you’re into pizza, burgers, donuts, or Garbage Plates, it’s safe to say that New York State is a place for foodies. Not only do we have some of the best restaurants in the world, but we also celebrate food all summer long at various festivals and events—many of them including music, entertainment, competitions, and more! We’ve rounded up some of the best food festivals and events going on this summer across the state. Fill up your calendar now so you can fill up your belly later!