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New York State Holidays

New York State is a diverse and dynamic region renowned for its iconic landmarks, rich history, and cultural vibrancy. From the bustling streets of New York City to the tranquil beauty of the Adirondack Mountains, the state offers a myriad of experiences for visitors to explore. At the heart of New York State lies its vibrant capital, Albany, steeped in colonial history and surrounded by scenic landscapes. Albany boasts historic landmarks such as the New York State Capitol Building and the Empire State Plaza, as well as a thriving arts and culinary scene.

New York City, the state’s most globally recognized city, is a melting pot of culture, commerce, and creativity. From the towering skyscrapers of Manhattan to the diverse neighbourhoods of Brooklyn, Queens, and the Bronx, the city offers endless opportunities for exploration, entertainment, and culinary delights.

Beyond the urban sprawl of New York City, the state is blessed with natural beauty, including the scenic Finger Lakes region, the picturesque Hudson Valley, the majestic Thousand Islands and the golden sand beaches of Long Island. No matter what you’re looking for in a holiday, you’re sure to find it in New York State.

Top Tips

"Aside from incredible Manhattan, it's also worth visiting the neighbouring boroughs of Brooklyn, The Bronx, Queens and Staten Island. They have a wealth of different cultures and sights to explore. See the Manhattan skyline from the Promenade in Brooklyn."

"Take a bicycle tour around Central Park. It's great fun and a wonderful way to see so much of this unique landmark in the heart of Manhattan."

"The Finger Lakes of upstate New York are beautiful. Tour the 'wine trail' along the coast of Seneca Lake, with over 31 wineries and their enticing tasting rooms. Sample award-winning wine that never goes beyond New York State!"

"The US side of Niagara Falls lies within a state park. Get up close to the thundering water at the Cave of the Winds or cross over the border to Canada for the best vista."

"The George Eastman House in Rochester is the former home of Kodak’s founder. It now houses the leading museum of photography, set in the historical mansion."

"Travel north of Manhattan into the Hudson Valley and visit Kykuit, home of the Rockefeller family (it’s closed on Tuesday to allow a day of privacy for the current generation of the family in residence)."

"On the Hudson River is the former home of President Franklin D Roosevelt; take a guided tour and learn why this four-term president was so beloved of the American public."

"Stony Brook, a small town on Long Island, dates back to the 17th century. Book a horse and carriage ride for a suitably slow-paced tour of this quaint and historical gem."

"The best beaches are in the Hamptons, they are uncrowded and unspoilt (but car-parking is extortionate!). You can take the Hamptons Jitney bus from Manhattan if you prefer not to drive."

"Visit the ‘Grand Canyon of the East’ in Letchworth State Park in the western region of New York state. Go biking, hiking and white water rafting in one of eastern USA’s most scenically magnificent areas."

New York City

New York City, often referred to as “The Big Apple,” is a bustling metropolis brimming with iconic attractions and cultural landmarks. At its heart lies Manhattan, a dazzling island borough renowned for its towering skyscrapers, world-famous landmarks, and vibrant neighbourhoods. From the bright lights of Times Square to the iconic skyline of Midtown Manhattan, the cityscape is a sight to behold. Manhattan’s skyline is dominated by the towering Empire State Building, where visitors can ascend to the observation deck for panoramic views of the city.

One of the city’s other most iconic landmarks is the Statue of Liberty, a symbol of freedom and democracy, located on Liberty Island. Visitors can take a ferry ride to the island and explore the statue’s museum and observation decks.

Central Park, is an oasis of green in the heart of Manhattan, offering a peaceful retreat from the city’s hustle and bustle. Visitors can explore its scenic pathways, ride a horse-drawn carriage, or rent a boat to paddle around its tranquil lakes. Other key attractions within the city include the Metropolitan Museum of Art, one of the world’s largest and most prestigious art museums, and the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), which showcases an extensive collection of contemporary artworks.

From the historic neighbourhoods of Greenwich Village and Chinatown to the trendy districts of SoHo and Tribeca, New York City offers diverse experiences for visitors to explore, making it a truly unforgettable destination. For more information click here.

Beyond the 'Big Apple'


The Adirondacks, located in upstate New York, is a stunning mountainous region known for its pristine wilderness, scenic beauty, and outdoor recreational opportunities. It offers hiking trails and pretty lakes for boating activities and wildlife spotting in a serene natural setting. For more information click here.

Central New York

Central New York is a picturesque region known for its rolling hills, fertile farmland, and charming small towns. Home beautiful to cities and towns like Cooperstown and Utica, it offers a blend of cultural attractions, outdoor activities, and historic landmarks, making it a delightful destination for visitors.

Greater Niagara

The Greater Niagara region encompasses an area of natural beauty, rich history, and vibrant culture centred around the iconic Niagara Falls. Stretching across parts of New York State, including Niagara, Erie, and Orleans counties, the Greater Niagara region offers a diverse array of attractions and experiences for all visitors. For more information click here. 


Discover a fascinating mix of attractions and architectural styles, surrounded by tranquil farms, woodlands and scenic lakes, including the 29-mile-long Great Sacandaga. Saratoga Springs is the most popular destination in the area, where everything is close to perfect. The city’s lovely tree-lined streets and grand old Victorian homes with porch swings swaying and gardens brimming with colourful flora bring to mind a gentler era. For more information click here. 


Catskills is nestled in southeastern New York State and is a picture-postcard region characterised by majestic mountain ranges, dense forests, and historic villages. Known for its outdoor opportunities, including hiking and skiing, it also offers cultural attractions like music festivals and art galleries. Catskills provide a serene retreat from urban life, ideal for nature enthusiasts and holiday-makers alike.

Hudson Valley

The Hudson Valley region is nestled along the majestic Hudson River in New York State. This incredible area is steeped in history, natural beauty, and cultural richness with a diverse array of attractions and experiences for visitors to explore. Rolling hills, lush vineyards, and charming towns dot the landscape, creating a picturesque backdrop for outdoor adventures. For more information click here.

Finger Lakes

The Finger Lakes Region is simply beautiful. It is defined by its namesake, eleven narrow lakes that resemble outstretched fingers. This enchanting area, renowned for its natural beauty, boasts a diverse tapestry of lush vineyards, awe-inspring waterfalls and charming small towns, making it a captivating destination for visitors seeking outdoor adventures, cultural experiences, and culinary delights. For more information click here.

Long Island

Stretching out from Manhattan, along the Atlantic coast is Long Island, home not least to JFK Airport itself. Just 118 miles long and 20 miles wide you are never far from the beach, golf, family fun, and shopping. Whether you choose a barefoot walk on the beach, an adventuresome climb atop a famous lighthouse, an afternoon sampling the latest vintages at a local vineyard or enjoying the many cultural and historic treasures, this wonderful destination has it all. For more information click here.

Thousand Islands

This marine region is famed for its stunning archipelago of islands dotting the St. Lawrence River. Comprising over 1,800 islands, it spans both the United States and Canada, offering a unique blend of natural splendour and cultural heritage. Hundreds of miles of picturesque coastline and sparkling lakes, rivers, waterfalls and magnificent state parks are perfect for hiking and boating adventures.


Tucked into timeless landscapes, enchanted mountains, tranquil lakes and bountiful vineyards. The Chautauqua-Allegheny region is located in the southwestern corner of New York State boasting unparalleled natural beauty, cultural richness, and outdoor adventure. It encompasses Chautauqua, Cattaraugus, and Allegany counties, each offering its own unique charm and attractions.

Sightseeing in New York City

Turning a great holiday into lasting memories just got a whole lot easier. We have a wide range of day trips for you to consider, from relaxed tours to high-adrenaline activities. Why not jump on a guided sightseeing tour? They can be taken on foot, by bicycle, by boat, and even by Segway. We have a range of food and drink tours, showcasing some of the area’s best establishments. In addition, you’ll find admission tickets to museums, galleries and aquariums and full-day tours to top locations in the area. We also offer a selection of private tours, perfect for those with limited time or travelling with family.

It is strongly suggested that you pre-book anything which is important to your holiday enjoyment to avoid disappointment, particularly if you are travelling in high season or it is an activity with limited availability. Also, having everything planned and booked will save you time and hassle when you arrive, leaving you with more time to relax and enjoy your holiday.

All of these trips can be included in your holiday quotation or, if you have already booked your holiday with us, they can be added to enrich your adventure.

Click here to view our digital sightseeing booklet for New York City

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