New York is a state in the Mid-Atlantic and Northeastern regions of the United States and is the nation’s third most populous. The state is bordered by New Jersey and Pennsylvania to the south, and Connecticut, Massachusetts and Vermont to the east. The state has a maritime border with Rhode Island east of Long Island, as well as an international border with the Canadian provinces of Ontario to the west, and Quebec to the north. New York is often referred to as New York State to distinguish it from New York City.
Beyond Manhattan lie the four boroughs that make up New York City: Brooklyn, Queens, the Bronx and Staten Island, each with their own diffuse, evolving communities.
Few other cities could hold together such a complex mix of lifestyles and people.
For tourists, the temptation is to gorge oneself -there are just so many thrilling places to visit and things to do, great food to be enjoyed and a unique atmosphere that makes you want to stay up late and get up early.
New York is truly one of the world’s great cities, so slow down a little to get the most out of it: you’re never going to see everything in just one visit.
The atrocities of September 11th 2001 may have laid bare the raw heart of New York, but its spirit remains resplendently intact.
There is a lot of sightseeing to be done in New York, the most obvious of which is either in New York City or Niagara Falls. But New York also has some destinations of incredible natural beauty, especially around the Finger Lakes and in the Adirondacks. The Adirondack Park, in particular, is an incredible gem—it’s the largest single park in the continental U.S. and where the art of American painting began.
The natural beauty of the state is diverse, from the incomparable Niagara Falls and the Grand Canyon of the East, Letchworth Park, to the mountainous terrain of the Catskills and the Adirondacks, perfect for hiking and camping. The numerous waterways of the state include Lake Ontario, Lake Erie, the Erie Canal, and the Hudson River, all of which see regular boat traffic throughout the summer months. Oenophiles can visit one of the top wine regions in the country in the Finger Lakes; the entire region is dotted with small towns and villages of historic character, with almost 100 wineries in between. The region produces perhaps the best Rieslings outside of Germany, and Finger Lakes ice wines are growing in popularity.