New York Travel Guide
I Heart New York
By the editors of Kaboose.com, with Margaret Soria
New York is an enormous state with limitless sites to see and activities to sample. Whether you’re a rugged outdoors person or a savvy urbanite, a trip through this remarkable region will not disappoint.
New York State offers an infinite number of ways to enjoy the great outdoors: sleeping under the stars, walking through a virgin forest, or reaching the top of a mountain peak for a breathtaking view.
A hiking and camping vacation is a wonderful way to see the land as it was before civilization—natural, rugged, uninhabited, and beautiful. The Adirondacks are wild and friendly—perfect for enjoying the outdoors. An extraordinary hiking trail system leads to the highest peaks, the loveliest waterfalls, and the most isolated lakes.
One Adirondack hike that never fails to delight is the trail to Avalanche Lake, an easy hike through wild territory leading to a remote lake so beautiful that it is hard to believe that you are not the first to find it. Phelps Mountain is a moderate climb rewarded by 360-degree views of the high peaks. Mount Jo is a simple and relatively brief trip and will leave you with enough energy for a cool dip in Heart Lake. By contrast, even the most in-shape hikers are challenged by Mt. Marcy. At 5,300 feet, it is New York State's highest mountain.
The traditional, tree-lined golf courses in New York State are unique—and distinguished—in the world of golf. Marked by gentle terrain and lush green lawns, the state's 600 public and private golf courses can be found nestled next to lakes and woods—on some of the most picturesque land in the country. Even masters of golf will find a challenge at New York State parks. Championship status has been awarded to James Baird and Rockland Lake North in the Hudson Valley, Saratoga Spa, Battle Island in Fulton, Chenango Valley in Binghamton, Green Lakes in Fayetteville, Beaver Island in Grand Island, Montauk Downs, and the five layouts at Bethpage on Long Island.
New York’s Children's museums offer exciting glimpses of other worlds where facts and theories are presented in ways that appeal to children. Colorful and imaginative hands-on exhibits are designed to hold your child's interest. Brooklyn Children's Museum, founded in 1899, is the world's first children's museum. It offers more than 50,000 authentic ethnological and natural exhibits. At the Children's Museum of Manhattan, you’ll find hands-on exhibitions designed for youngsters and adults. Featured there are an Early Childhood and Family Learning Center, a media center, a TV studio for kids, an environmental center, and an urban tree house. The Discovery Center in Binghamton is another hands-on children's museum featuring a fire station with a real truck, a Boeing 747 cockpit, and exhibits on everything from bubbles to the body. And you can’t miss North Chili9s Victorian Doll Museum, which displays dolls from the mid-1980s to the present, along with doll houses and a toy circus. These are just a sampling of the great kid’s museums New York has to offer.