North America

Travel Crush : 6 Reasons why New York State should be on your 2018 bucket list

Stop thinking small: forget the CITY that never sleeps, it’s all about the STATE that never sleeps; New York State! Here’s why we’re crushing on the Empire State.

Sail away with me

Bellow “just around the riverbend” as you kayak along the Hudson River and soak up all the surrounding sights. Be sure to cruise under Pollepel Island’s abandoned and Instagram-worthy Bannerman’s Castle.

A post shared by Storm King Adventure Tours (@stormkingadventuretours) on

Go back in time

You’ll be feeling like a king or queen exploring the grounds of Staatsburgh State, that used to house the Governor of New York! Where’s my crown at?

A post shared by Diane Mall Sammarco (@dianeelizabethm) on

Or choo off

No more dull train journeys because in New York State they do things a little differently… Head to the Adirondack Scenic Railroad for a cute day or evening rolling your way through Oneida County as you try the local beer and wine! And when you’re ready to boogie, there’s a place for that ON BOARD. We’ll cheers to that!

A post shared by Katy Vineyard Lucas (Katydid) (@blobmcphearson) on

Get lost

Known as the Grand Canyon of the East, Letchworth State Park offers up epic landscapes and over 66 miles of hiking trails to choose from. Explore lush forests on horseback, bike and even snowmobile as you seek out the three-major waterfalls. Short on time? Make sure the Big Bend and Lower Falls are on your to-do list!

A post shared by Ashka (@ashkasaxena) on

Time to climb

You can find Breakneck Ridge Mountain sat along the Hudson River in New York State. Get ready for some challenging trails to the summit but don’t worry, it’ll all be worth it at the top for sweeping views across the river and an ‘I’m on top the world’ moment.

A post shared by Joshua Hughes (@jhughesq88) on

‘Fall’ in love

You can’t come all this way and not see Niagara Falls. Straddle Canada and the US as you float through the falls on the Maid of the Mist boat tour. Blue rain ponchos are optional but unless you want a good soaking, highly advisable!

If you don’t fancy getting wet and you’d rather get an aerial view, put aside time (and dollar) for a helicopter ride above the falls. It’s costly but the views are out of this world!

A post shared by robbie (@robotquetron) on

In an Empire State of mind? We sent two amazing film makers, Thibaud Lomenech and Leo Cannone to showcase just how much the state of New York has to offer! Head here to check it out.