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This guide reveals the New York you never imagined, and facilitates a vacation that touches you deeply.

You are aware of the skyscrapers, hustle, bustle and bright lights associated with New York City. Well, our iconic city is in a state that is about half the size of England, and in which the dominant feature is the green of trees, hills, lakes, rivers and streams. Did you know that the Adirondack Park in our state covers an area that is larger than Yosemite, Yellowstone, Glacier, the Grand Canyon plus the Great Smokies National Parks .

This guide reveals not only compelling ways of enjoying our outdoors, but pinpoints numerous individuals, communities, companies and groups that are pursuing socially and environmentally responsible practices that you may be a part of while visiting New York.

Our Division of Tourism is committed to increasing awareness of and supporting these initiatives. We organized the “Spare Seat Expedition” in which two famous kayakers paddled from Buffalo/Niagara on the west of our state along the Erie Canal to Albany in the east; then south on the Hudson River to the Statue of Liberty. This three week expedition generated unprecedented publicity for the 66 small communities along the route.

Our governor Andrew Cuomo recently hosted the “Adirondack Challenge” where he and New York City`s Mayor Bloomberg competed in a rafting race that promoted our Adirondack region and waterways. We are planning a one day workshop for statewide interests on “Catering To Those Who Enjoy The Outdoors” as part of their vacation. We are also constantly finding new ways of collaborating with our Department of Environmental Conservation, Parks Department, and Department of Agriculture. These collective efforts strengthen our commitment to protecting our vast natural resources.

The guide shows the ease with which you may add nature and inspiration to a New York City vacation, and reveals clearly that New York State is the Responsible Travel destination of the North East USA. Welcome.

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Unusual & Responsible New York State accommodation >

Choose from a selection of 13 New York State options from US $89.

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1 day Adirondacks hiking tours in New York State >

1 day hike across the wonders of the Adirondacks from US $150 per tour.

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Finger Lakes kayak tours and kayak rental, New York State >

Guided kayak/canoe tours in the Finger Lakes region, from US $175 per tour.

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Letchworth State Park rafting trips in New York State >

Guided River Trips at Letchworth State Park, from US $35 - US $50 per tour.

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Finger Lakes wine tasting tour, New York State >

Learn about and taste some of New York States finest wines, from US $5.

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Adirondacks basic mountaineering tour, New York State >

Introductory mountaineering adventure, from US $300 per tour (2 days).

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Saratoga Springs farmstead B&B; in New York State >

Restored farmhouse B&B in Saratoga Spring, from US $150 per room per night.

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New York to Niagara Falls tour in New York State - 3 days >

Niagara Falls & Upstate New York short break from £355 (3 days) ex flights.

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Adirondack back-country camp New York State >

Backcountry camping retreat in Adirondack state park, from US $200 per person.

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Catskills farmstay B&B;, New York State >

Upstate NY Farmstay Bed & Breakfast from US $169 - US $229 per night based on 4.

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Adirondacks snowshoeing tours, New York State >

Snowshoe through the most pristine areas of the wilderness from €240 per course.

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Whale, dolphin and seal watching in New York City >

Discover Whales, dolphins and Seals in New York City, from US $25 - US $45.

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Horse riding & carriage trail tours in Western New York >

Guided trail rides across the mountains of Western New York from US $25/tour.

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Architectural house museum in Buffalo, New York State >

Tour a Frank Lloyd Wright masterpiece and historic home, from US $15 admission.