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Author: Katherine Dunn

Katherine "Kate" Dunn is a travel, nature and photography enthusiast. She is a New York native and was the Digital Editorial Coordinator of ILoveNY.com and the I LOVE NY app from January 2016 to December 2017.

A building on the grounds of the John Brown Farm State Historic Site

February marks Black History Month, and New York state is filled with African American history, with unique experiences related to jazz, sports and icons like Jackie Robinson, culturally rich neighborhoods like Harlem, and important sites such as John Brown Farm (pictured) and the Harriet Tubman Home. New York state played an important role in the Underground Railroad, which helped tens of thousands of freedom seekers escape enslavement. In recognition of Black History Month, from parks and historic sites to music and culture, here are 12 places to experience Black history in New York State.

Lake Placid Winter Olympic Museum - Photo Courtesy of Lake Placid Winter Olympic Museum

How should you spend a three-day weekend in New York State? Winter brings long holiday weekendsdon't spend them at home, get out and explore! Here are six weekend getaways that bring out the best in winter. During your weekend getaway, please remember to keep six feet apart from others not in your household and bring a mask or face covering to wear when it’s not possible to maintain social distancing. Call ahead or check attraction websites and social media for the most current information on openings and amenity availability while staying as local as possible.​ 

Coney Mountain in Tupper Lake Adirondacks

From the foothills of the Catskill Mountains to the peaks of the Adirondacks, New York is home to one of the most vivid autumns in the world. Whether you see it from a scenic roadway, from up in the air, or from a gorgeous hiking trail, the vibrant fall leaves will fill you with wonder amidst the changing seasons. Here’s your everlasting map to the most scenic fall foliage activities and destinations all over New York State. 

boldt castle aerial

Labor Day is just around the corner so celebrate the last days of summer with a New York State weekend getaway. Discover hidden lakes and live music, sunny beaches and bountiful vineyards, or parasailing and island kayaking. Whatever this summer has been to you, make this weekend count with these easy Labor Day Weekend getaways.