New York Travel

When speaking of New York, we can either talk about the state or city of the same name and New York travel opportunities include some outstanding urban and country destinations. Let’s start with New York City, the epitome of the American Metropolis itself and the articles below will help you with some great travel ideas for the Big Apple and the Empire State.

New York City is known for its cosmopolitan and lively vibe that has attracted immigrants with their unique cultures and cuisines from all over the world for several hundred years now. It is the most famous city in the United States and possibly even in the world. The City itself is divided into five boroughs: Manhattan (that famous island between the Hudson and the East Rivers), Brooklyn (the city’s most populous borough), Queens (a hodge-podge of ethnicities and cultures), the Bronx (the only borough on the mainland United States) and Staten Island (easily reached via the free Staten Island Ferry). Long Island stretches east from New York City and its most well-known tourist destination is Montauk with its famous lighthouse at its very eastern tip.

Any New York travel itinerary should include some of the city’s major landmarks which include the Statue of Liberty, the Empire State Building, the Chrysler Building, Grand Central Terminal and the Brooklyn Bridge. New York City is simply a mecca for architecture lovers and a place with some of the most iconic landmarks in the world.

Art lovers will love a trip to New York City, given that the Big Apple boasts world-famous institutions such as the Guggenheim Museum, the Museum of Modern Art, the Brooklyn Museum of Art, the Whitney Museum of Modern Art and many more. Theatre buffs will enjoy the huge offerings of shows on and off Broadway. World-class musical performances are held at Carnegie Hall, the New York City Opera, Radio City Music Hall, the Metropolitan Opera and many more. New York travel possibilities simply encompass a gigantic offering of arts and culture.

New York travel includes a wide range of destinations beyond New York City. The mountainous Catskills area is one of the most popular getaway destinations for New Yorkers that offers a wide range of outdoor recreation opportunities. The Hudson Valley is a scenically beautiful area with many historic towns and villages, some of which were settled in the 1600s. The capital of the state, Albany, is also located in the Hudson Valley.

Further north are the Adirondacks, a wild and mountainous region that is anchored by a huge state park. The Adirondacks are very thinly populated and its most well-known destination is Lake Placid, location of the 1980 Winter Olympics. Central New York’s most important city is Syracuse which is in the centre of a hilly region that is crossed by the Mohawk River. Close by are the Finger Lakes, a collection of eleven long and narrow lakes surrounded by rolling hills and vineyards. The historic Erie Canal and Rochester are also important destinations in this area and one of the most scenic towns is Ithaca on Lake Cayuga.

The Niagara Frontier in the far north-west area of the Empire State has Niagara Falls as its main destination, but Buffalo, the second largest city in the state, also draws its share of tourists.  As you can see, New York travel opportunities are extremely diverse and range from an urban getaway to Manhattan to skiing in the Adirondacks or a wine tour in the Finger Lakes and many more.

Featured articles about New York Travel

October 19, 2010 was my departure day. Since my flight was not leaving until the late afternoon I still had time for some explorations. After a nice breakfast inside the Shops at Columbus Circle, I… Read more.

My friend Linda had to leave early in the morning on October 18, 2010, so I was by myself again to explore the city. In the late morning I had planned a visit to the… Read more.

My first full day in New York City, October 16, 2010, started with bright sunshine and punctually at 10 am I met my local New York City expert, Ed Botwin, in the lobby of my… Read more.

On Sunday, October 17, 2010 we were in store for another exciting learning experience in New York City: using our Explorer Pass which gave us access to multiple attractions at one low reasonable price, we… Read more.

New York City is always one of my favourite city destinations. I had visited the Big Apple a few times before, but always for an extremely short period of time, and I really wanted to… Read more.

After our three-day adventure in New York City we moved on to our next destination, another great American city: Boston. As one of the oldest cities in the United States, Boston is also a pre-eminent… Read more.

After two days at the US Open in New York City, we had really fallen in love with Brooklyn. This borough has a completely different feel than Manhattan, less glitzy, more residential with nice old… Read more.

New York City is a great city for sports fans – from Major League Baseball to NFL football, NBA basketball and professional hockey, hundreds of thousands of people travel every year to the Big Apple… Read more.

Yesterday was our last day in New York City and our flight left at 7:57 pm, so we figured we’d store our luggage at the B&B for a few hours and head out one more… Read more.

So I am sitting here back in my office and I want to bring our last 2 days in New York City to paper. Considering that the weather forecast for Saturday was pretty bad (rain… Read more.

Yesterday was a pretty interesting day, the weather was cool and overcast, with rain coming in during the latter part of the afternoon. A few weeks ago I had booked a meeting with one of… Read more.

The Staten Island Ferry is a fabulous institution. It is a huge ferry that departs from a very modern, glass enclosed terminal, holds several thousand people and in just about 20 minutes whisks you over… Read more.

What a full day we had yesterday. We had a delightful breakfast in our bed and breakfast at about 8:30 am and shared some nice conversations with a young couple from Sweden and an older… Read more.

Since our plane landed nice and early we had virtually a whole day left to explore yesterday. The weather was pretty nice, quite sunny when we started, although it clouded over a little and was… Read more.

So yesterday morning our American Airways flight (booked for free with my Airmiles) left at 7:13 am to bring us to the Big Apple, a place I had always had a fascination with, but only… Read more.

Several cities now have “Greeter” or “Ambassador”programs,where local volunteers provide out-of-town travelers with their time and knowledge of their city.I have used these greeter services twice,once in 2003 in Chicago,and just recently this May in… Read more.

Planning a holiday in New York can be a challenging task because there are so many sights to see and things to do in NY. The largest city in the United States has so many museums, cultural institutions, attractions, neighbourhoods, eateries and entertainment places to offer, it’s sometimes hard to know where to start.