Welcome to New York
Feel like an emperor in the Empire State. Great adventures and cultural treasures await the RVers in each of eleven travel regions in New York. Take a bite out of the Big Apple or just chill in the Adirondacks.
Start your trip in Thousand Islands-Seaway. This water wonderland has breathtaking scenery—nearly 2,000 islands, Lake Ontario and picturesque coastline. The Great Lakes Seaway Trail leads to historic lighthouses, amusement parks and scuba diving in the crystal-clear waters of the St. Lawrence River. On Heart Island, tour 120-room Rhineland-style Boldt Castle. Dark Island is home to Singer Castle built by Frederick Gilbert Bourne of the famed Singer Sewing Machine Company.
Add the Adirondacks to your itinerary. Spanning six million acres, Adirondack Park has 46 high peaks, over 3,000 lakes, forests, trails and canoe routes. Attractions include Santa’s Workshop in North Pole and nature museums including Tupper Lake’s Wild Center and the Adirondack Museum in Blue Mountain Lake. Visit the Olympic Sports Complex in Lake Placid and ride the bobsled. Browse the galleries and craft studios in Saranac Lake and take in the scenery riding the Adirondack Scenic Railroad.
In Saratoga Springs stroll down Broadway, discover world-class Saratoga Polo and soothing spas. In Rensselaer, Fort Crailo highlights Yankee Doodle heritage in an 18th-century Dutch Colonial home battle. Tour the large collection of colonial houses in Schenectady’s Stockade District. Saratoga National Historical Park highlights the turning point of the American Revolution. Explore Cambridge’s charming Main Street shops and covered bridges. In Albany, visit the New York State Capitol. Take a Hudson River cruise and explore the USS Slater, a restored WWII Destroyer.
Walk the mountain trails to waterfalls, high peaks and breathtaking views. Go tubing and whitewater rafting, take a scenic ride on the Delaware & Ulster Railroad, or follow country roads to antique shops and farm markets. Tour Cedar Grove, Thomas Cole’s former home in Catskill. Browse the shops and galleries of Woodstock. The Upper Delaware Scenic Byway snakes along the river to dramatic vistas and unique attractions like the Catskill Fly Fishing Center.
Central New York
Tour the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum in Cooperstown. Discover rock formations at Howe Caverns and a 100-foot underground waterfall at Secret Caverns. In Rome, explore the 1840s Erie Canal Village as costumed guides recreate American history at Fort Stanwix National Monument. In Utica, tour historic Saranac Brewery; view artwork by great American artists at the Munson-Williams-Proctor Arts Institute.
Allegany State Park offers nature trails, bike paths, sandy beaches and campsites. Hike amid towering rock formations at Rock City Park and Panama Rocks Scenic Park. Meandering trails surround 250 sculptures at Griffis Sculpture Park, a 400-acre nature preserve. Jamestown welcomes visitors to the Lucille Ball Desi Arnaz Center, where a museum and playhouse highlight America’s First Couple of Comedy.
Named for eleven pristine lakes this region offers natural beauty with scenic wine and artisan cheese trails.
Rochester’s gems include the Strong National Museum of Play and George Eastman House & Museum of Photography. Explore antique and artisan studios at Historic Owego Marketplace and along Hammondsport’s Main Street. Discover 35 centuries of glass art at the Corning Museum of Glass.
Enjoy beautiful Niagara Falls. The iconic Maid of the Mist has provided tourists an unparalleled view from the base of Horseshoe Falls for 167 years. Lockport Locks and Erie Canal cruises showcase America’s historic waterway. Buffalo’s cultural treasures include Frank Lloyd Wright’s stunning Darwin Martin House, the Burchfield-Penney Art Center and the Albright-Knox Gallery.
Tour the Vanderbilt Mansion and Franklin D. Roosevelt Home in Hyde Park, the Rockefeller Estate in Tarrytown and Boscobel built in the early 19th century by States Dyckman. Catch great views from the Walkway Over the Hudson, the longest pedestrian bridge in the world. Savor the region’s abundant farm markets, artisan cheese makers and award-winning wineries along the Shawangunk Wine Trail.
Visit Sagamore Hill, Theodore Roosevelt’s “Summer White House” in Oyster Bay. Walk the garden paths of Planting Fields Arboretum, a Gold Coast estate. Discover the Island's aerospace heritage at the Cradle of Aviation Museum or its seafaring past at the Long Island Maritime Museum and Cold Spring Harbor Whaling Museum. Climb to the top of Montauk’s historic lighthouse. Belmont Park hosts world-class Thoroughbred racing, including the Belmont Stakes.
New York City
From classic Broadway shows to the Bronx Zoo, there’s something for everyone. Visit Manhattan landmarks like Lincoln Center, the Empire State Building and Central Park. Take in the skyline with a free ride on the Staten Island Ferry. Walk across the Brooklyn Bridge and enjoy spectacular views. A staircase leads to Brooklyn’s DUMBO neighborhood with art galleries, shops and Bargemusic, a floating concert hall. Catch a ball game at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx or Citi Field, the Mets’ home in Queens. Along with palatial museums like The Met and the American Museum of Natural History, there are hundreds of art galleries in neighborhoods from Chelsea to Williamsburg. Shopping options range from designer flagships like Barneys on Madison Avenue to the Brooklyn Flea, an outdoor marketplace with hundreds of vendors.