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Author: Anna Pakman

Anna Pakman is VP of Digital Marketing for Empire State Development / NYS Division of Tourism. She’s an avid traveler and foodie.

Wild Center and Wild Walk

Want to treat yourself to a local getaway for a little fun, rest, and relaxation? You don’t have to go far for an escape from your everyday routine. Whether you’re looking for a quick day trip or a weekend getaway (or two!), there are thousands of miles of natural wonders to explore, hundreds of hidden gems to discover, and world-class resorts to experience nearby on your New York State staycation! 

Broadway and 47th Street illuminated by billboards and passing traffic at night

Broadway is back! You can see it in the bright lights, the roar of applause emanating from the theaters, and the familiar buzz and energy on the streets of New York City’s Theater District. From

Trees with orange and yellow leaves stand in front of a grey two story boathouse
Credit: @innsofaurora on Instagram

October is New York State History Month and we’re throwing it back to a few moments and places in NY history with a fun nostalgic twist. Scroll down to find the

Strong Museum of Play - Photo by Sam Horine
Credit: Sam Horine

New York State is home to thousands of incredible attractions that satisfy any interest, many of which have accessibility features for visitors with disabilities, including programs specifically designed for travelers who are autistic or have developmental disabilities. A number of cultural institutions are also offering live and taped accessible virtual events led by trained educators. 

Marea, New York City

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 tony hot spots, there’s no better place to enjoy pasta. 

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 not one but two National Donut Days on June 2 and November 5. 

Formal gardens in front of OHEKA CASTLE Hotel and Estate in Long Island, NY.
Credit: @noerosetravel on Instagram

Welcome to New York, Swifties, it’s been waiting for you. Live your best vacation life on a trip to New York State with itineraries featuring places from iconic lyrics, music videos, and even a few gems frequented by Taylor herself in her New Yorker era.

Marble + Rye Burger

There's nothing like biting into a juicy, perfectly grilled burger with just the right combination of toppings. We rounded up some of the best places across New York State to get your fix of this national treasure. Warning: reading this blog post will definitely make you crave a burger.

Kids playing at the Strong National Museum of Play
Updated 3/23/23

Kids grow up fast—almost too fast. While you won’t be able to keep them little and cute forever, you will be able to create plenty of memories during a much-needed family getaway.

Empire State Carousel at the Farmers Museum

Originally published Jan 04, 2018

What do the stars have in store for you this year? A fabulous New York State adventure, of course! Find your perfect vacation with our handy guide to the top spots for every sign of the zodiac.