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Author: Richard Martin

Richard Martin is the former Managing Editor of ILOVENY.com

Field of sunflowers and a hand holding a glass of wine

Spring in New York is the perfect time to get out and experience the vibrancy and colors that the state has to offer. Here, you’ll find natural beauty in parks and at botanical gardens, brightly painted murals and buildings, and of course the rich hues of a New York sunset from a scenic overlook. Visit some of the most colorful places in New York and enjoy the revitalizing feeling of springtime in a state that celebrates it like no other.

Colorful croissants and pastries
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Whether you have a sweet tooth for New York apple pie or prefer a more savory treat like a bagel with your morning coffee or tea, New York has local bakeries to satisfy everyone for breakfast, dessert, or a snack. Here, you’ll find world-class breads and award-winning pies

Holiday Valley Skiing - Photo by NYS ESD

Plan a winter getaway in New York to take advantage of world-class museums, thrilling outdoor adventures, and so much more! You won’t have to travel far to find a suitable and unique diversion, whether you’re looking to go cross-country skiing amid outdoor sculptures, drink locally-made craft beer by a fire, or visit a hidden gem attraction or a natural (winter) wonder.

An expansive view of the Adirondacks from Coney Mountain

New York is home to many well-known, world-class attractions. But it’s also a state filled with hidden gems that don’t attract big crowds—waterfalls, hiking trails, and lakes that you can have practically all to yourself! Check out these outdoor destinations (as well as additional opportunities to get close to nature) that will expand your knowledge of New York State while allowing for safe recreation.

An aerial view of the Mill Pond Inn amid fall foliage
Credit: Justin Negard

Experience New York fall foliage while enjoying a memorable stay in a hotel or inn. Throughout New York State, you’ll find exciting hotels perfectly situated for eye-popping fall foliage views and memorable explorations, as well as charming places to spend a cozy weekend. Grab your favorite sweater, pack your bags, consult the I LOVE NY Fall Foliage Report, and get ready to spend a night or more at these New York hotels and places to stay.

A photo of the Broadway and 42nd street intersection street sign

These great books all have one very special thing in common: New York State! From classic literature to page-turning nonfiction to accounts of major historical moments and figures, these books offer insights into what makes New York such a special place. Add these to your summer reading list or enjoy them in any season. You may even be inspired to plan a visit to an attraction based on these 11 great books set in New York State! 

A purple and pink sunset over the Chautauqua Harbor Hotel
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This summer, show your partner that you love them, and that you love New York! Take off on a romantic getaway in New York State and experience places to stay that are perfect for couples, from resorts with rejuvenating spas to luxurious glamping sites to waterfront hotels and charming B&Bs. Add in a fun activity, from hiking to a waterfall to shopping on a walkable Main Street to visiting a museum, and you have the perfect ingredients for memorable romantic getaways in New York!

Two people ride bikes on a trail next to green grass with the Corning Preserve buildings in the background

Get ready to enjoy New York’s newest wonder, the 750-mile Empire State Trail. A perfect route for bicycling, hiking, running, or walking, the trail consists of three main sections: the Hudson Valley Greenway Trail, which extends from the Battery in Lower Manhattan up to Albany; the Champlain Valley Trail, which heads north to Rouses Point; and the Erie Canalway Trail, which winds through the Finger Lakes and ends in Buffalo. Much of the Empire State Trail is newly built or freshly renovated and off-road. There is easy access all along the trail and designated parking areas should you want to drive to a specific section (check the Empire State Trail map to find your entryway and route). Best of all, The Empire State Trail will get you outside to enjoy nature with countless diversions, from stopping for craft beverages and a bite to eat to visiting world-class museums and fascinating historic sites. Below, we’ve selected one attraction as a reference or “stop” on or within a mile or two of the trail, with suggestions for other nearby activities. 

The New York State Museum set against a brilliant sunset
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Updated: 12/23/2021

A great rainy day or wintertime activity, or the perfect component of a day on the town, a New York museum tour is always a satisfying experience. Many of New York’s museums are open with safety protocols in place, but there is another way to enjoy an exhibit without leaving the comfort and security of home. Virtual museum tours offer an exciting chance to see world-class art and thought-provoking exhibitions, and the technology often makes you feel like you’re walking the galleries in real life. Take an online stroll around these New York State museums with these engaging virtual museum tours.

Pie at Phoenicia Diner
Credit: Kevin Trageser

New York is famed for its world-class restaurants, celebrity chefs, creative food inventions, and diverse agricultural products. Not surprisingly, the state also leads the way with entertaining, informative, and inspiring cookbooks. Here are a selection of 17 books to get you cooking, New York-style, available at your local bookstore, online, and in many cases, as an ebook. Whether you want to make your own Buffalo wings, create a tangy Thousand Island dressing for your salad, or try your hand at a tasty Utica tomato pie, bookmark the pages in New York State cookbooks and have fun in the kitchen!