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Best Places to Visit in New York State

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New York state is home to the biggest city in the United States, sprawling national and state parks, and beach communities that captivate both domestic and international travelers. Trying to figure out where in New York you should visit? U.S. News considered sights, culture, adventure and the opinions of experts and readers to compile this ranking of the Best Places to Visit in New York. Read on for vacation inspiration and don't forget to vote for the destinations you think belong.

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#1 New York City

#1 in Best Places to Visit in New York State

A hub for culture, the arts, food and sightseeing, New York City is on many travelers' bucket lists – and for good reason. Everyone can find something to enjoy in the Big Apple. You can see a Broadway show, check out the dozens of museums, eat your way through the distinct Manhattan neighborhoods on a food tour or shop till you drop along Fifth Avenue or in SoHo. Don't forget to stroll through iconic Central Park. Read More »

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#2 Niagara Falls

#2 in Best Places to Visit in New York State

The tumbling, frothy falls – more than 3,100 tons of water flows over the edge every second – are the star attraction in this New York destination that borders Canada. The best way to see Niagara Falls is on a Maid of the Mist boat tour, which takes visitors on a steamboat to the base of the falls (don't forget your poncho!). Once you see the falls, check out the area's other attractions, such as Niagara Falls State Park, Niagara Parks Botanical Gardens & Butterfly Conservatory or the nearby casinos. Read More »

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#3 The Finger Lakes

#3 in Best Places to Visit in New York State

A romantic New York getaway, The Finger Lakes region appeals to travelers seeking a relaxing retreat with lovely scenery. Skiing, winery-hopping, boating and hiking are all popular activities to enjoy in this part of northwestern New York. The Finger Lakes is known for its spectacular fall foliage, but with the wealth of charming towns and variety of seasonal attractions, it's a great year-round vacation destination. Read More »

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#4 Adirondacks

#4 in Best Places to Visit in New York State

The Adirondack Mountains stretch across 6 million acres and are home to hundreds of communities, lakes, valleys and trails. Outdoor adventurers can canoe or kayak in Saranac Lake or Tupper Lake; skiers can shred the slopes of Whiteface Mountain near Lake Placid; and hikers can tackle the area's more than 2,000 miles of scenic trails. You'll also want to save some time to sample the region's local wine and craft beer at nearby wineries and breweries. Read More »

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#5 The Hamptons

#5 in Best Places to Visit in New York State

A string of upscale seaside communities, The Hamptons have long been the getaway of choice for elite vacationers wanting to escape New York City. Quiet beaches, tasty seafood spots, upscale eateries, small boutique shops and more attract travelers to The Hamptons year after year. However, a trip here doesn't have to break the bank. Public transit and a vacation rental split among friends or families can help you cut down on costs.

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