Cheap flights to New York (State)

The state of New York in the Northeastern and Mid-Atlantic regions of the United States is bordered by New Jersey and Pennsylvania to the south, and Connecticut, Massachusetts, and Vermont to the east. New York also has a maritime border with Rhode Island east of Long Island and an international border with the provinces of Quebec and Ontario in Canada, to the north and to the west and north, respectively. The state is often referred to as New York State or the State of New York to distinguish it from its largest city, New York City. The most populous city in the United States, New York City is also the cultural and financial capital of the world, as well as the most economically powerful city in the world. New York State’s capital is Albany.

What to see & do

Despite New York City being known for its urban atmosphere, majority of New York State’s geographic area covers farms, forests, rivers, mountains, and lakes. The largest state park in the United States is New York’s Adirondack Park – notably larger than Yellowstone, Yosemite, Grand Canyon, Glacier, and Olympic National Parks combined. The state is also known for establishing the first state park in the United States at Niagara Falls in 1885. Other parks worth visiting in New York also include Catskill Park, serving as a habitat for bobcats, minks, fishers, and black bears; Montauk Point State Park, which is home to the 1797 Montauk Lighthouse, a major tourist attraction on the easternmost tip of Long Island; and Hither Hills Park, with its camping grounds and great spots for surfcasting sport fishing. It is also worth noting that New York has 22 national parks, four National Heritage Areas, 27 National Natural Landmarks, 262 National Historic Landmarks, and 5,379 listings on the National Register of Historic Places; assuring that tourists will never run out of places to go and things to do in the state. Some of these popular attractions include the African Burial Ground National Monument in Lower Manhattan, Fire Island National Seashore, Gateway National Recreation Area, General Grant National Museum, Hamilton Grange National Memorial, Home of Franklin D. Roosevelt National Historic Site, Niagara Falls National Heritage Area, Saratoga National Historic Park, Statue of Liberty National Monument, and Theodore Roosevelt Birthplace National Historic Site. If opting to stay within the urban areas, there are also major tourist spots to explore here, such as the Central Park in the middle of Manhattan, and Darien Lake, the roller coaster capital of New York.

How to get around within New York State

The major areas of New York State are served by a network of Interstate Highways, accompanied by state routes that run between all but the smallest villages. The state routes are further supplemented by county routes, with most villages located at the intersection of two or more state routes. The most important highway in New York is the New York State Thruway, running on I-90 from the Pennsylvania border in the west, northeast to Buffalo, the east past Rochester, through Syracuse, and to Albany. As a huge state, getting around New York is best done by train. Amtrak provides passenger rail service to the five major cities of New York – Buffalo, New York City, Rochester, Syracuse, and Yonkers.

How to get there

Serving the New York State is John F. Kennedy International Airport, a major airport in the borough of Queens in New York City. Located 12 miles or 19 kilometres southeast of Lower Manhattan, John F. Kennedy International Airport is the busiest international air passenger gateway in the United States. The airport handles more international traffic than any other airport in North America. Over 90 airlines operate out of the airport, serving as a hub for Delta Air Lines, American Airlines, and JetBlue Airways, and a focus city for Avianca, Caribbean Airlines, and Norwegian Long Haul. Furthermore, John F. Kennedy International Airport is one of the only three airports in North America (along with Toronto Pearson International Airport and Los Angeles International Airport) to have scheduled direct flights to all six inhabited continents in the world. Other major airports serving the state are Newark Liberty International Airport and LaGuardia Airport.

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