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New York

New York, including both exciting Manhattan and the beautiful rural Upstate region, is one of my favorite vacation destinations.

In Manhattan, there is just so much to do, and I love the feeling of walking outside at any time of the day and feeling like the city is alive.

Upstate New York, on the other hand, is one of the most gorgeous and relaxing areas of the country. Outdoor and fitness enthusiasts will love the variety of trails, waterfalls, beautiful parks, and other natural attractions found throughout the region.

I recommend planning out your trip well in advance so that you are not overwhelmed by the countless options for entertainment and recreation!
  • 1. Walk around Times Square at night
    Walk around Times Square at night
    Broadway and 42nd Street, , 10036
    What an amazing experience! The lights, the advertisements, the energy…New York City is an amazing place that you simply must see for yourself.
  • 2. Visit Ellis Island & take in amazing views from the Statue of Liberty
    Visit Ellis Island & take in amazing views from the Statue of Liberty
    Liberty Island, , 10017
    Ellis Island, home of the Statue of Liberty, is a must see on your trip to New York! The ferry ride over is pretty beautiful itself.

    The views from the top of the Statue of Liberty are simply grand. While views from the crown are the best, you must make reservations well in advance due to the immense popularity.
  • 3. Hike to Kaaterskill Falls
    Hike to Kaaterskill Falls
    Route 23A, , 12463
    One of the most amazing hikes in the Catskills region is the short 1/2 mile stroll to Kaaterskill Falls, a scenic 2 tiered waterfall. At 260 feet tall, this waterfall stands as one of the tallest in the Eastern US.

    On your next vacation to the Catskills, make some room for this relaxing journey into nature. With serene views of the forest and 2 beautiful waterfalls, you can't help but feel relaxed and refreshed post-hike.
  • 4. Be part of the audience at The Today Show
    Be part of the audience at The Today Show
    30 Rockefellar Plz, , 10012
    Here is your chance to get your 15 minutes of fame! If you arrive early enough (several hours before start) you can get in the front row and have a better chance of getting on TV.
  • 5. Book tickets for the Cave of the Winds experience at Niagara Falls
    Book tickets for the Cave of the Winds experience at Niagara Falls
    Prospect Street & Old Falls Street, , 14303
    Cave of the Winds, an exciting once in a lifetime nature experience, is your best bet for getting up close and personal with this spectacular natural wonder.

    You will be given a yellow poncho before making your way on a little path that takes you within a mere 20 feet of the falls!

    This incredible adventure is so much more memorable than simply gazing at the falls from above. Prepare to get soaking wet in exchange for this unique experience!
  • 6. Walk Across the Hudson
    Walk Across the Hudson
    61 Parker Ave, , 12601
    The Walkway Over the Hudson, at 1.28 miles long, is the highest elevated pedestrian bridge. It's quite a sight to walk across it, with picturesque views of the river and mountains surrounding you in every direction.

    Best of all, it is open year-round, so you can enjoy different views along with the changing seasons.
  • 7. Check out the World's Largest Kaleiodoscope
    Check out the World's Largest Kaleiodoscope
    5368 NY-28, , 12457
    The World's Largest Kaleidoscope is 56 foot tall and 38 foot in diameter, and it is found at the Emerson County Stores inside the Emerson Resort and Spa in Mt. Tremper, New York.

    Kaleidoscope artist Charles Karadimos designed it, and Guinness Book of World Records has verified it to be the tallest.

    Lie down and gaze up at this visually spectacular show, which changes each season in tune with the gorgeous seasonal changes of the Catskills region.
  • 8. Visit Rockefeller Center
    Visit Rockefeller Center
    30 Rockefeller Plz, , 10012
    Famous for being home to Radio City Music Hall and the popular ice rink during the winter months, Rockefeller Center should be on everyone’s to do list. Restaurants, shops, The Lego Store, and NBC Studio tours are just some of the other things you can do and see during your visit.

    In general, Rockefeller is just the best area in the city for sightseeing and tourist photographs. I got to see “Late Night with Conan O’Brien” filmed here! Don't pass up any chance to see your favorite shows as they may not always be there!
  • 9. Attend a live taping of your favorite NY based talk show
    Attend a live taping of your favorite NY based talk show
    Various, , 10012
    We lucked out and got tickets to “Late Night with Conan O’Brien” (no longer filmed in NY). However, other great talk shows like “Live! with Kelly and Michael” and “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon” film in the area. Try to get tickets in advance as they sell out quickly!
  • 10. Take a scenic stroll around the Ashokan Reservoir
    Take a scenic stroll around the Ashokan Reservoir
    13 miles west of Kingston on Dike Road, , 12401
    A unique sight to see if you find yourself traveling through Ulster County is the gorgeous Ashokan Reservoir, which provides most of the drinking water for NYC. There is a short mile and a half path offering gorgeous views of the water, along with the beautiful Catskill mountains in the background.