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While it is home to the most well-known city in the world, New York City, New York as a state contains much more than just one city. Once you get out of the urban canyons and metropolitan sprawls you will find such beauty as the world famous Finger Lakes wine region with its hundreds of New York wineries, or the beauty of the Catskills, Niagara Falls, and the Adriandach Mountains, encompassed by a massive state park that takes up nearly a third of the state. From Rochester to Syracuse to Albany and Ithaca, New York is an extremely diverse section of the United States, and takes more than just a visit to New York City to experience.

The history of the state dates back to well before Europeans are settled here. The Iroquois Native Americans were a major tribe in the area long before the Europeans even knew that the continent existed. Even so, the main history of the state dates back to its importance over the years as a major gateway for immigration into the U.S. and the subsequent importance of the state as a major financial, cultural, transportation, and manufacturing hub due to all of the immigrant workers who have helped shaped the history of the state over the years.

New York State is considered to have some of the most breathtaking beauty in the entire nation outside of the urban sprawl. From the mountains and forests that make up the northern section of the state, to the rivers and valleys of the North Country and Central New York, and the 11 lakes of the Finger Lakes region, your experience in the state will largely depend on which section you go to, which time of year you happen to visit, and what your main agenda is. If you prefer the busy hustle and bustle of big-city living, then New York City cannot be missed, but if simple and natural elegance is what you are after, the outer regions of the state are an absolute treasure.

New York #1 most popular location
If there is one city in the world that could be described as the pinnacle of achievement, showcasing the highs and lows of one of the greatest nations on Earth while at the same time epitomiz…
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Brooklyn #2 most popular location
The second largest, yet most populated, borough in New York City is Brooklyn. While technically part of the overall New York City sprawl, Brooklyn has evolved over the years with its own uniq…
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Albany #3 most popular location
Albany is the capital of the State of New York and the county seat of Albany County. Albany lies 136 miles (219 km) north of New York City, and slightly to the south of the juncture of the Mo…
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Rochester #4 most popular location
Rochester ~Made for Living~ "The World Image Centre" Rochester is built around the Genesee River in Upstate New York, which has a 100 ft waterfall in the middle of downtown (High Falls). …
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Buffalo #5 most popular location
Buffalo is rich in tradition, culture, and ethnic diversity. It is located near Niagara Falls, Canada. Buffalo is full of activities throughout the day and continues well into the night. …
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Lake George #6 most popular location
Lake George is a pretty go-to in the summer. There are lots and lots of hotels/motels for visitors. You can go to the amusement park, water-sports area, look at local handicrafts, or take a b…
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Syracuse #7 most popular location
Syracuse is a small city of approximately 150,000 in the northwest Finger Lakes region of New York State. It is roughly in the middle of the state, midway between Buffalo in the west and Alba…
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Lake Placid #8 most popular location
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Saratoga Springs #9 most popular location
Saratoga Springs is a city in Saratoga County, New York, USA. The population was 26,186 at the 2000 census. The name reflects the presence of mineral springs in the area. The city is also …
25travelers 2reviews 4blogs
Ithaca #10 most popular location
Ithaca is the epitome of a "college town" as Cornell University (an Ivy Legue school) and Ithaca College are housed here. It is known for its liberal leanings, giving more votes to Ralph Nade…
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Montauk #11 most popular location
Montauk is the easternmost point of Long Island, otherwise known as "the end". It is the home of several state parks, including the famous Montauk Lighthouse, which remains a popular touri…
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Cheektowaga #12 most popular location
Cheektowaga comes from the Native American phrase "Land of the Crab Apple". It is a suburb to the west of Buffalo, and is historically populated by Polish Immigrants. Cheektowaga is the h…
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Bronx #13 most popular location
The Bronx is one 5 boroughs that comprise New York City. It is the only borough attached to the rest of the continental United States and is the only borough to be premised by the word "The"…
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Watertown #14 most popular location
Watertown is located in Jefferson County in Upstate New York, it is close to the Canadian border and the Thousand Island Region. Watertown is the closest city to Fort Drum Army Base. The clos…
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Binghamton #15 most popular location
Binghamton is the home of approximately 48,000 residents. It sits on the border of Pennsylvania and the Susquehanna River passes right through downtown. The river has been known to cause se…
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Utica #16 most popular location
Utica is part of the Mohawk River Valley, settled during the 18th century. Before Europeans, the land was occupied by the Oneida Tribe, part of the mighty Iroquois Nation. In 1758, Fort Schul…
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Cooperstown #17 most popular location
Being the Otsego County seat Cooperstown is somewhat of a political center. A small town by almost anyone’s standards it had a population of only 1,936 in 2003. While most commonly know…
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Poughkeepsie #18 most popular location
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Fishkill #19 most popular location
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Liverpool #20 most popular location
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Newburgh #21 most popular location
Newburgh is a town of about 28,700 (up slightly since 2000) located at the intersection of Interstates 84 and 87 in Orange County in Southern New York. It is not far from the borders with Pen…
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Plattsburgh #22 most popular location
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Watkins Glen #23 most popular location
With a population well below 3,000, Watkins Glen is surprsingly small for a village so well know. Perhaps the town's biggest claim to fame lies with its being the home of Watkins Glen Grand …
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Flushing #24 most popular location
Flushing is an urban neighborhood in the northern part of the borough of Queens in New York City, New York. Flushing is bounded by Shea Stadium on the West, Francis Lewis Boulevard on the Ea…
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White Plains #25 most popular location
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Harlem #26 most popular location
Harlem is a neighborhood in Manhattan, long known as a major colony and anglicized the name of the town to Harlem. On September 16, 1776, the Battle of Harlem Heights, sometimes referred to a…
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Kingston #27 most popular location
Kingston is a small city of about 24,000 (almost unchanged since 2000) located along Interstate 87 and US Highway 9 West in Ulster County in Southeastern New York. It is not far from the bord…
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Vestal #28 most popular location
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Yonkers #29 most popular location
Yonkers is a large city/town in Westchester county, North of the Bronx and about 45 minutes by train from Manhattan. The city is spread out over hills rising from near sea level at the eas…
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Geneva #30 most popular location
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Cortland #31 most popular location
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Queensbury #32 most popular location
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Astoria #33 most popular location
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Riverhead #34 most popular location
Riverhead is in the East End of Long Island, New York. It is the point before the island branches into the North Fork (Greenport, Orient Point) and the South Fork (the Hamptons, Montauk). S…
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Long Island City #35 most popular location
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Corning #36 most popular location
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Canandaigua #37 most popular location
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Hauppauge #38 most popular location
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Rome #39 most popular location
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Oswego #40 most popular location
The city of Oswego grew up on the shore of Lake Ontario around the mouth of the Oswego River. There are many artsy and folksy shops in town, in addition to the usual fare. There are over 200 …
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Jamaica #41 most popular location
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Auburn #42 most popular location
Auburn's a small town in Upstate, NY. It's a fairly quiet place but does have some claims to fame. It has the home of Harriet Tubman, an African-American abolitionist who traveled the Under…
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Webster #43 most popular location
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Ronkonkoma #44 most popular location
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Catskill #45 most popular location
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Jamestown #46 most popular location
Jamestown is located in the "Southern Tier" of New York.
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Painted Post #47 most popular location
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Elmsford #48 most popular location
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Skaneateles #49 most popular location
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Brooklyn Heights #50 most popular location
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