Schedule New York State holidays for the autumn and you're all set to experience the stunning spectacle of the fall foliage. 'Leaf peeping' is an annual tradition in this corner of America, and the Hudson River Valley, the Catskills, the Finger Lakes and the Adirondacks are all top destinations. You'll see entire swathes of countryside ablaze with reds and oranges.
Head to Long Island, home to the exclusive Hamptons where the New York elite spend their summers, for clean white-sand beaches and the sparkling waters of the Atlantic Ocean. Lounge on the warm sand; watch the sun drop slowly into the water; swim or surf in the rolling waves; or just stroll along the shore and breathe in the fresh salt air.
Spanning the border between the USA and Canada, the 75,750 gallons of water that crash over the Falls every second, throwing up a plume of spray, make for a spectacular sight. Walk around to see the Falls from all sides, or slip on a waterproof poncho and take a ride on the Maid of the Mist boat to get up thunderously close.
The White Stuff
Lake Placid, scene of the 1932 and 1980 Winter Olympics, is a wonderland of winter sports. There's world-class skating rinks and ski jumps, as well as the world's fastest bobsleigh run, while the downhill skiing is second to none. Take on the mother of them all, Whiteface Mountain - if you dare.
The Finger Lakes is not only a very beautiful region to spend time in on New York State holidays - it's also home to acres of vineyards. Tour the 34 wineries along the Seneca Lake 'Wine Trail' and be sure to stop by their tasting rooms for a little light refreshment.