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New York State Holidays

Discover the greener side to New York state holidays with a tour of some of its most cherished highlights. This is a region of contrasts, offering everything from wine tasting and windsurfing to mountain hiking and boat trips. Experience the different personalities of the American East Coast.

There’s plenty to see outside New York City. Learn to become a wine connoisseur with some fantastic vineyard tours at Finger Lakes, visit a food festival or walk the world’s longest pedestrian bridge at Walkway Over the Hudson. Take to the waves with some windsurfing off Long Island’s sandy beaches, and take a hike in the wilderness of the Adirondacks Mountains. 

New York State holidays: the greener alternative to city life

There’s so much more to holidays in New York than bright lights and crowded tourist attractions - you can indulge in a variety of activities. 

Take in some culture at the nearby art galleries, or feel the spray of dramatic waterfalls. Head to the Hudson Valley for fantastic food festivals and locally-brewed beers. Or absorb the wonderful views from the top of Breakneck Ridge, in Hudson Highlands State Park. While you’re there, why not head out on the Hudson River on a traditional steam boat?

On the south eastern side of New York state, you can take to the water and enjoy watersports at Long Island, or make the trip to see some of the wealthy residences of The Hamptons. 

Covering over six million acres, the Adirondacks Mountains are a fantastic place to hike, mountain bike, or even try water rafting. There’s plenty of wildlife to have a chance encounter with, including, beautiful creatures such as deer and moose, which are native to the area.

The ideal destination for couples, families and group holidaymakers, New York state offers a taste of the countryside in America’s East Coast. If you’ve got time before you head home, add on a trip to New York City for an urban element to your getaway and discover the vibrancy of one of the world’s most cosmopolitan cities. Our experts can help you plan the ideal New York state multi-centre holiday.

 

Destination Highlights
  • Become a wine connoisseur with a trip to the waterside wineries of Finger Lakes
  • Known for its orchards, farms and the world’s longest pedestrian bridge, discover Hudson Valley
  • Enjoy an array of watersports and beautiful sandy beaches at charming Long Island
  • Discover deer and moose while trekking in the wilderness of the Adirondacks Mountains

Time Zone

GMT-5 hours

Flight Time

Approx 7 hours; direct flights from Ireland to New York are available

Currency

US Dollar

Visa Information

Ensure you have a valid ESTA prior to travel.

Language

English

Health Information

No vaccinations required.

If you thought that New York City had plenty to see and do, explore 'upstate's' endless options. From incredible arts, culture and history in the regions cities to the unforgettable outdoor experiences, farm-to-fork cuisine and wineries to be explored in the countryside.

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    Cities

    While New York state is mostly about experiencing its great outdoors, its fantastic cities are not to be missed. Head to Rochester in the Fingerlakes region, this eclectic city is full of surprises from beautiful parks, unique cuisine and cool festivals or visit lively college town Syracuse surrounded by rolling vineyards and crystal lakes. If you're looking for art galleries, historical neighbourhoods and farm-to-table restaurants, then look no further than Buffalo, don't forget to also include a visit to nearby Niagara Falls to view the breath taking rushing waters.

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    Mountains

    New York state is perfect for a mountain getaway, whether you want to be just hours from the city or if you want to truly escape into the upstate wilderness. Just a two hour drive through dramatic vistas and quaint villages leads you to the the Catskill Mountains. Full of outdoor activity, take an open-air ride on the Catskill Mountain Railroad, swim in the sparkling lakes and hike to new heights on the mountain peaks. Or head further north to Lake George's crystal-clear waters and sandy beaches in the Adirondack Mountains. Experience luxury lakeside resorts, cliff-top trails and explore charming villages like Saranac Lake.

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    Wineries

    New York's diverse landscape mirrors the diversity of its award-winning wines--from fruity, aromatic varieties to classic European and French-American wines that blend the best of both worlds. Take a tour along the Long Island Wine Council Trail with more than 40 acclaimed wineries on the coastal trail to be explored. Visit the Finger Lakes Wine Festival every July, head to the Adirondack Coast Wine Trail for breathtaking scenery along with fine ciders and beers or spend some times in the Hudson Valley, home to over 30 wineries including the nation’s oldest vineyard, Benmarl Winery.

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    Cuisine

    New York's bounty of farms, orchards and vineyards all create the very best ingredients for unforgettable dining experience. The regions cities feature diverse restaurants and some of the world's best chefs, where the countryside has plenty of fresh farm produce is available from you-pick farms for berries and apples to pumpkins and markets selling some of the best baked goods and home made preserves. Try some local delicacies from grape pie, made popular in the Finger Lakes, Buffalo's famous chicken wings to haute cuisine and everything in-between.

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    Outdoor Activities

    New York state is the perfect destination for outdoor adventure. Learn to fish in the scenic lakes surrounding the Hudson Valley or bike along the miles of trails across the landscape, if you prefer bigger thrills, try the New York Zipline Adventure Tour in the Catskill Mountains, it's the longest and highest in North America. In the Adirondacks, ride the summer bobsled at Lake Placid's Olympic Complex, board the historic Adirondack Scenic Railroad or take Lake Placid's Cloudsplitter, the most scenic gondola in North America.

  • Emma, Destination Specialist

    Emma

    Destination Specialist

    “Definitely make sure you hire a car to fully explore the state. Travelling at your own pace means you'll have more time to explore New York's hidden gems.”

     

  • Charlotte, Destination Specialist

    Charlotte

    Destination Specialist

    “It’s easy to forget just how big New York state is. If you plan to see the lakes, mountains, rivers, vineyards and towns, make sure to leave yourself plenty of time.” 

     

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