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New York, USA — visiting The Empire State

New York, USA -- photo: Wall Street, New York City [photo: frank schrader, all rights reserved]
New York, USA — photo: Wall Street, New York City [photo: frank schrader, all rights reserved]

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If you are travelling to New York City it doesn’t matter much since NYC is a year-round destination. However, winters can be snowy and chilly winds are present.

New York State is a ‘Mid Atlantic State’ but even if not part of the New England States it has beautiful Indian Summers in the upper state region. So, the season fall (autumn) might be considered to be the ideal season for leaf peepers.

Winter and snow can easily last to April / May in New York State and is a pretty grey time of year, literally. It is usually followed by a nice and warm spring season which is ideal for traveling through the state. So is summer but it can be humid and black flies and other bugs can be an annoyance.

What to do / Sightseeing

  • Adirondack Mountains in Northern New York
  • New York City
  • Hudson River Valley
  • Fire Island
  • Albany
  • Buffalo
  • Ithaca (Cornell University, Cascadilla Creek Gorge, …)
  • Catskills Mountains (hiking, Woodstock site in Bethel, …)
  • Watkins Glen State Park (Finger Lakes Region)
  • Thousand Islands / Lake Ontario
  • Niagara Falls

State Data & Essentials

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State Name
New York  – State Abbr.: NY
Statehood
26-Jul-1788
– Statehood Ranking: 11
Land Area
47,214 square miles  (122,280 qkm)
– Land Area Ranking: 30
Population
19,378,102 (2010 Census); 18,976,457 (2000 Census)
Capital
Albany
Biggest City
New York City
Nickname
The Empire State
Motto
Excelsior
Highest Point
1.781 m / 5,843 ft (Mount Marcy, Essex County)
Lowest Point
Sea Level
Daylight Saving Time: yes
Tree
Sugar Maple
Flower
Rose
Bird
Bluebird
Animal
Beaver
Song
“I Love New York” (by Steve Karmen)
Other Symbols
State Fruit: Apple; State Muffin: Apple Muffin

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