NEW YORK STATE
The Empire State seems to be large in every way-whether huge populations in New York City, endless waterways including the Hudson, Lake Ontario, Thousand Islands, canals and several substantial lakes, an amazing array of cultures, and large holiday playgrounds interspersed with farmland and parks.
The subject of New York City itself is covered in another Destination area. Here we'll concentrate on the rest of the State.
When exploring New York State, you might choose to stay in the eastern portion of the state and go to the Adirondacks or Catskills either in summer to cool down or in winter to heat up the slopes. The central portion of the state is dominated by a series of large lakes for some serious, or not so serious, water sports. The western part of the state houses Buffalo and Niagara Falls and is a major thoroughfare to Canada. Upstate New York is justly known for its natural beauty and can be a wonderful place for a family gathering.
The Empire State has also long been under the sway of sports and games. An entire trip (or two) can be arranged around the horse racing centers, and auto racing is another favorite.
Whether your family's interests are in the area of the very new or the very old, city or country, wildlife or shopping, New York State will fill the bill.
The following should help you get started with plotting routes and making reservations.
New York State Division of Tourism
PO Box 2603
Albany, NY 12220-0603
New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation
Agency Building 1
Empire State Plaza
Albany, New York 12238
State Division of Fish & Wildlife
50 Wolf Road
Albany, New York 12233
Finger Lakes National Forest
P.O. Box W
Montour Falls, New York 14865
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