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May is Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, honoring the culture, traditions, and history of generations of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders. New York is a great place to celebrate the achievements and contributions of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders. From visiting a treasured Buddhist temple in the Catskills to feeling the peace and wisdom of nature at a Hudson Valley Japanese stroll garden to enjoying Burmese cuisine in Buffalo, here are ways to learn about, appreciate, and experience Asian Pacific American culture and history in New York State! 

Mohonk Preserve

If taking a road trip is on your summer wish list, then New York is the place for you. Right here on the I LOVE NY blog, we've given you road trip ideas whether you're interested in driving across the state from Albany to Niagara Falls, seeing the lakes of the Adirondacks, exploring Cayuga Lake, or seeking out the scenery of the Catskills. This road trip is for families who want to savor mountain vistas in the Hudson Valley.  

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If you've been to the I LOVE NEW YORK blog recently, you know we're excited about all of the road trip opportunities in the state this summer! So far, we've given you itineraries for families who want to see ALL of the sights, families who love to be outdoors, and families who like a mix of city and nature. This next road trip is perfect for families who need a quick vacation!

Aerial view of Niagara Falls with spray

Buckle up, folks! Some serious family bonding is on the agenda this summer. Soak up the sights, sounds, flavors, and experiences of New York on some of the most scenic drives across the state. In between games of “I Spy” and pit stops for photo ops, these routes, which include one-, two-, and three-day trip options, will lead you from one unforgettable destination to the next. Get together a playlist with everyone’s favorite tunes and hit the road!

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Updated 3/26/21

New Yorkers love their iconic New York foods and love to share their opinions. We tell friends where to find the best pizza slice or bagel. We travel across our towns or cities in search of the most perfectly moist half moon cookie. We make pilgrimages to the places where Buffalo wings or the Rochester garbage plate were first served. And we debate the merits of one food versus the other, which brings us to the new I LOVE NY Food Bracket. Voters on the I LOVE NY Instagram, Facebook, or Twitter accounts have now spoken, and NY Pizza is the winner of the 2021 Bracket! Follow I LOVE NY and while voting has ended, please feel free to make passionate comments about why your choice is the best!

Glamping tents on Governors Island with a view of the Statue of Liberty at sunset
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Camping is one of the best and most affordable family vacations, immersing you in the peace and tranquility of nature. With warmer weather on the horizon, make reservations at one of New York State’s great campgrounds and plan a stay in the great outdoors. State parks and campgrounds abound, from glittering Lake George to thundering Niagara Falls. New York State also has a variety of privately owned campgrounds perfect for all your needs, from full-service resorts to more rustic family-friendly places. If you aren’t quite into roughing it in the wilderness, try glamping, which elevates sleeping in the great outdoors with creature comforts and modern conveniences. Whether you like to rough it, follow historic pathways, or live luxuriously, New York camps offer something for everyone to love.

Donuts with sugar glaze from the Doughnuttery
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New York is home to some of the world’s best restaurants and is the birthplace of internationally famous foods such as Buffalo wings, the beef on weck sandwich, and of course, the New York (pizza) slice and bagels. Over the past year, the state’s chefs and restaurateurs showcased even more culinary creativity than usual, keeping New Yorkers fed with to-go options that raised the bar for takeout, with prepared dishes and kits that allow you to create a memorable meal at home. Feeling hungry? Drive locally to pick up one of these special food offerings or order online for delivery or shipping (where possible). Bon appetit! 

Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens building lit up at night
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Learn a new skill or hone your talents with help from New York State! Online classes and workshops from experts at New York attractions can have you improving your cooking, making colorful flower arrangements, taking acting or improv comedy lessons, getting to the next yoga level, and more. You’ll also find options to expand children’s knowledge of STEM subjects as well as family-friendly educational opportunities for all. Check out these online classes and up your knowledge while supporting favorite New York institutions.