New York, the Empire State, is brimming with natural beauty: wonderful beaches, mountain ranges, expansive forests, noteworthy lakes and Niagra falls, just to name a bit of whats packed into this large, northeastern state. All New York has to offer makes it a great place to visit year round.

In summer, Long Island's inviting, white sand beaches stretch for hundreds of miles of coastline, from public Coney Island to the posh Hamptons. When summer fades, spectacular beauty can be found in the way of foliage. Visit the Catskill Mountains or Adirondack Nature Preserve (the largest in the country)to see the world aflame in fall colors. Winter enables visitors to ski the same land, with a host of mountain trails open and accessible. Perhaps fishing or boating is more your thing - in that case there's NY's many large lakes: Lake Ontario, Lake Erie, Lake George and Lake Champlain are most notable but the Finger Lakes region will give you even more possibilities for year round enjoyment. Finally, NY is full of working farms, many of which allow visitors or sell produce at road side stands. Pumpkin and apple picking is popular in fall, while spring brings flowers to the farmer's markets.

For those looking for a bit of history New York has a multitude of possibilities. There are Forts Ticonderoga, Edward & Tilden and battle sites, Saratoga for example. There's Harriet Tubman's home in Auburn and Teddy Roosevelt's home Sagamore Hill on Long Island. Try a peek at the Erie Canal, the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, the Vanderbilt Museum or Grant's Tomb in the Bronx. Or visit the state capital, Albany, a surprisingly quaint city and the seat of NY government. With so much to do it's easy to see why the state motto is 'I love New York.'

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