New York City is one of my favourite cities in the world. It’s exciting, buzzing, there’s always something going on, and I can pretend I’m in an episode of Sex and the City. When I’m there, it’s hard to remember that there’s a world that exists outside NYC.
But – newsflash – it does! And what a world it is. New York State has a lot to offer, and it’s about time NYC stepped aside and let its equally diverse and adventurous sister step into the limelight.
New York State, I’m giving you a big High Five! Show us what you’ve got.
Five of our favourite things to do in New York State
1. Head to The Hamptons
Ah, the Hamptons. Every rich Manhattanite worth their Jimmy Choos has a summerhouse here. Long referenced in TV shows like Gossip Girl, but rarely visited by UK travellers while they’re in New York. Don’t be put off by their swanky reputation; the Hamptons are well worth a visit for some much needed respite from the city. Head to Montauk in Long Island, known as the ‘village by the sea’, and ‘the Hamptons without the crowds’. Sounds good to me.
2. Be a wino
Here’s a fun fact for you: after California, New York is America’s largest wine producing state. Even more fun is the fact that you can visit some of its finest vineyards and sample the goods for yourself. Head to the Finger Lakes region, around a 4 hour drive from NYC, and follow one of the many wine trails. It’s home to over 100 wineries, as well as some pretty outstanding scenery. Bottoms up!
3. Four words: Ben and Jerry’s Factory
Yes, you read that correctly. Ben and Jerry’s ice cream factory, people! Everyone’s favourite ice cream brand has flung open their doors. Go and learn how their products are made and, of course, sample some in the process. Could this be Disneyland for the greedy adult? The factory is in Vermount which, technically, isn’t New York State, but hey, it’s just across the border and only a 5 hour drive from NYC.
4. Have an adventure
New York State is home to some of the best skiing in North America. Namely, Lake Placid, home to two previous Winter Olympics, and snow which covers 98% of the mountains. Still after an adrenaline fix? Head to the Black River in the Thousand Islands region, and hit the rapids!
5. Niagara Falls
Got a couple of days spare on your trip to New York City? Head out to Niagara Falls! The drive itself is pretty awesome, as you head up through New York State and into the mountains. Then it’s time to take a boat ride and get a full Niagara experience, without even crossing into Canada. Have a poncho at the ready – you may get a bit wet…