Food

From top to bottom (and side to side) New York state is an epicurean wonderland, with farm-to-table modern American being the cuisine of the moment.

New York City No surprise here – NYC's foodie credentials are unparalleled.

Rochester This post-industrial city has new life and is packed with fantastic dining options.

Ithaca The number of noteworthy restaurants packed into this small city is incredible.

Buffalo Birthplace of the eponymous wing and home of one of the region's best food scenes.

Hyde Park The restaurants on the campus of the Culinary Institute of America alone are worth the visit.

Nightlife

New York contains within it the city that never sleeps, as well as a few other places where you can get rowdy after dark.

Saratoga Springs No matter the season, this little city in the Adirondacks is famous for its energized nightlife.

Rochester You can find everything from craft cocktails to friendly dives here.

Sag Harbor Hobnob with the state's wealthy and elite on summer nights in this seaside village.

Oswego This small city is packed full of bars catering to SUNY Oswego students.

Albany The capital is a hub of LGBT nightlife in the area.

Outdoor Activities

From catching waves in the Atlantic to hiking peaks in the Adirondacks, New York is a diverse playground for those who like to get outside.

Lake Placid Home to two Winter Olympic games, Lake Placid has some of the best skiing in the state.

Montauk New York's most easterly point is a surfer's dream.

New Paltz Thanks to the Shawangunk Ridge, New Paltz is one of the best rock climbing destinations in the eastern USA.

Narrowsburg Rafting, tubing and hiking are all on the menu in this tiny Catskills hamlet.

Ithaca You'll find breathtaking gorges and winding forest trails right in the city limits.

History

You can see evidence of New York's rich history of people, entertainment, architecture, engineering, and activism all over the state.

Rochester A hub of feminist and abolitionist activism, architecture and business, in the late 19th and early 20th century.

Seneca Falls Site of the 1848 Seneca Falls Convention, considered to have kickstarted the modern women's rights movement.

Hyde Park All things relating to Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt – as well as the illustrious Vanderbilts – can be found here.

Woodstock The concert was about an hour away, but the town has plenty of rock ephemera to see.

Sleepy Hollow & Tarrytown These twin towns have some of the state's best preserved Revolutionary War era artifacts.

Art

Artists have long flocked to New York state for its proximity to culture and wealth. Even outside of the obvious New York City many corners of the state boast exciting art scenes that shouldn't be missed.

Buffalo Art from the Queen City's glory days is on display in the city's impressive museums.

Beacon Home to the world-renowned museum Dia:Beacon.

East Aurora This tiny town was the birthplace of the arts and crafts movement.

Corning Both a Smithsonian museum and its own glass art center reside here.

Southampton Galleries and museums showcasing both up-and-coming artists and old hats like Jackson Pollock.