This week we are taking a trip to “The Empire State” otherwise known as New York. As the fourth most populous state in the US, with over 19 million residents and 65 million visitors each year. And there is a good reason for that! There is tons to do throughout the state of New York, from the horse races in Saratoga Springs to exploring the best of nature at Niagra Falls to hiking the Adirondacks, and of course, you can’t forget to pick up a hotdog from one of the hotdog stands located all around the city! Of course, New York is a big state, and you probably can’t visit all of these places in just one trip, so hopefully, this will help you with where to visit first.
For our first stop, we hope you are well-rested as this is referred to as “The City That Never Sleeps,” a.k.a. New York City, one of the most iconic places in the world. The city is the hub for fashion, art, culture, sightseeing, and some amazing pizza. (We may be a little biased to our home state Connecticut’s pizza, so we can’t say NYC has the best in the US — that title belongs to New Haven pizza 😉!) For our nature lovers, head over to Central Park the perfect all year round stop for anyone visiting New York City, especially for the first time. The park covers 843 acres of land in central Manhattan. Throughout the park, you will find 20 playgrounds, 48 fountains, monuments and sculptures, and 36 bridges so you will never run out of things to explore.
To get the best views of the city, head to the Empire State Building. The 102-story art deco building is the seventh tallest building in New York City and has been around since 1931. Despite the crowd, the view from the top is worth the wait! On a clear day, you will be able to see 1,250 feet below you, so if you’re afraid of heights, this might not be the best option for you.
Of course, you can’t visit the city without seeing one of the most famous monuments in the world — The Statue of Liberty. Whether you view it from afar or take a ferry ride to view it up close (as long as you have the time, the lines are crazy!) you definitely don’t want to miss this. The statue is a gift from France in 1886 and has been standing tall ever since! You might notice the green tint to her (although some claim its actually he) but it wasn’t always that color. The statue is made out of copper, so it was originally the same color as a penny, but due to oxidation, the statue turned completely green in 1920!
The next stop is the “Honeymoon Capital,” Niagara Falls, but don’t worry you don’t have to be on your honeymoon to visit. You do however need a raincoat because you will get soaked by the 3,100 tons of water that flow over the 188-foot waterfall at speeds up to 68 mph! Niagara Falls is actually made up of three separate waterfalls, Horseshoe Falls, American Falls, and Bridal Veil Falls, all together forming the second largest waterfall in the world! It is known as the “Honeymoon Capital” because of the gorgeous views, romantic cruise, and the fact that you can even get married there (remember that one episode of The Office?)! It has been a romantic destination for couples for over 215 years. Don’t forget to pick up your free Honeymoon Certificate while you’re there.
Speaking of great views, head over to the Adirondack Park. If you are a lover of water activities, hiking, or just appreciate a breathtaking view, you are sure to find joy somewhere along the six million acres of land! There are 12 regions splitting up the Adirondacks. If you are visiting during the summertime biking, fishing, hiking, canoeing, and whitewater rafting are just some of the activities you can participate in. If you are visiting during the colder months skiing, dog sledding, snowshoeing, and bobsledding are all available. No matter what time of year you plan to visit, you will always be greeted by stunning views of the park with fresh, crisp air!
Last, but certainly not least on our travel guide for New York is Saratoga Springs. Most notably known for the Saratoga Race Course which opened in 1863 and is the fourth oldest racetrack in the US. The thoroughbred horse racing track holds 10-11 races each day from the months of July-September every year. Of course, if horse races aren’t your thing there is still plenty to do around the town. Of course, there are tons of boutiques, clothing stores, and farmers market if you are in the mood to shop til you drop! Grab a bite to eat or a drink at one of the many local bars, restaurants, or breweries. Or head to Saratoga Lake and cool down in the beautiful water, relax on the beach or head into the water for some activities!
We hope you enjoyed your trip around The Empire State, New York. If you are planning a trip and take any of our suggestions, don’t forget to send us all the wonderful photos you have taken, we would love to see all your adventures. Or if you have any more suggestions on things to do in New York, send us those too!