NEW YORK TRAVEL GUIDE

NEW YORK TRAVEL GUIDE

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WELCOME TO NEW YORK!

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State of New York
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New York – “The Empire Canyon State”, is the 27th largest state in the USA and home to 1 UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Guggenheim Museum by Frank Lloyd Wright. Entered into the USA as the 11th state, New York’s capital is Albany, and its largest city is New York City.

Other popular New York destinations include The Hamptons, The Catskills, Niagara Falls, Syracuse, and The Adirondacks.

New York is known for Broadway, the Empire State Building, and the Statue of Liberty, the Baseball Hall of Fame, pizza, Coney Island, the New York Yankees, Ellis Island, the US Tennis Open, Times Square, and Presidents Theodore Roosevelt, Franklin D. Roosevelt.

Famous people from New York include Billie Joel, Al Pacino, Tom Cruise, Jack Nicholson, and Barbra Streisand, to name a few.

POPULAR THINGS TO DO IN NEW YORK

New York is blessed with weather, mountains, lakes, and rivers providing for summer and winter outdoor activities like hiking, boating, kayaking, fishing, climbing, snow skiing, cross country skiing, ice skating, and more.  Its world-class city, New York City, provides outdoor and all indoor activities you can imagine. 

NEW YORK TRANSPORTATION

New York has all forms of transportation, including Carpoolworld, Uber, Lyft, and other possible regional ridesharing services and apps (research in advance if they are in your destination area). There are also taxis and rental cars, of course.

New York also has regional buses and is part of the Amtrak train system.

NEW YORK HOLIDAYS

In addition to U.S. holidays, New York may observe additional state or local holidays.  It may be a good idea to check what state or local holidays they celebrate to see if there are any public service, school, or other closures as this may impact your tourist itinerary, ability to obtain travel or other services, or it could mean more tourists and/or higher prices in your New York destination! Take a few moments to see if there are holidays specific to New York to better help you plan your trip.

TIPPING IN NEW YORK

See tipping guidelines in my USA Travel Guide for tipping in New York.

NEW YORK TRAVEL BOOKING

NEW YORK ECOTOURISM TIPS

There are ways to reduce your eco and carbon footprint through air travel, accommodations, tours, and activities in New York. To help avoid greenwashing businesses, here are some eco-friendly or sustainable travel (also called responsible travel) tips and resources, you can use to book your travel.

ECO-FRIENDLY AIR TRAVEL

Skyscanner provides a ‘Greener flights’ filter highlighting flights that emit less CO2.

Purchase carbon offsets through your airline or through a third party, like MyClimate.org, Carbonfund.org, or terrapass. Carbon offsetting allows you to buy a certificate to reduce carbon emissions, a major contributor to climate change, which in turn contribute community projects across countries to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.

ECO-FRIENDLY GROUND TRANSPORTATION

Try to avoid flying in New York by taking a regional bus or the Amtrak train.

When booking a rideshare in New York, select the Uber Green option, instead of a traditional rideshare, to support the use of electric cars and carpooling for cleaner transportation in New York.

Lime also has electric scooters to rent in New York for fast and clean commuting in select cities.

ECO-FRIENDLY ACCOMMODATIONS

Look for accommodations with the following self and third-party assessed certifications when you book:

Green Globe – Green Globe certifies hotels, resorts, conference centers, transportation, attractions, tour operators, and other tourism businesses globally on sustainable operations and management. Look for USA Green Global members.

Green Key Global is an internationally recognized environmental certification for the lodging and meetings industries, including hotels and hostels, campsites and holiday parks, restaurants and attractions in 65 countries. Search for Green Key awarded sites.

Living Building Challenge – if you want to stay in a true, sustainable building, find one certified by the Living Building Challenge. LBC’s certification directory shows all project types globally. Hopefully they will put in a filter soon to allow searching by hotels or hospitality type.

LEED Certified – the USGBC’s LEED Certified label on buildings, like many of the Marriott’s hotels, are those that have verifiably employed multiple and varying green building strategies to improve human and environmental health. Search the LEED directory for USA certifications.

Green Lodging Program – Audubon International has an environmental stewardship certification through third-party verification. Search its certified members directory.

GSTC Certified – the Global Sustainable Tourism Council provides global standards for sustainable travel and tourism, as well as international accreditation for sustainable tourism Certification Bodies. Booking sites that offer GSTC certified sustainable are bookdifferent, EcoHotels, and Transat.

Another way to find an establishments implementing eco-friendly or sustainable practices, certified or not, is through Booking.com in which you’ll need to find and review each establishment’s ‘Sustainable Initiatives’ within the booking process. Starting 2022, however, you’ll be able to filter searches for accommodations with the Travel Sustainable badge. Finally!

ECO-FRIENDLY ACTIVITIES

New York has ecotourism ideas available to explore for your next vacation.

Search Green Global and Green Key awarded members for eco-friendly activity providers in New York. Some may also have the GSTC Certified logo.

MORE ECO-TRAVEL TIPS

There are more ways to do your part for the planet in your responsible travel.  Read my 10 Easy Eco-Travel Tips and view my suggested Eco Travel Resources to learn more.

NEW YORK SAFETY TIPS

HOW TO TRAVEL NEW YORK SAFELY

Please see my U.S. travel tips. In addition, if you are planning on going hiking, backpacking or doing any other activity that will take you into remote places, please ensure you research the local travel and weather advisories in advance and respect warnings not to travel; let people know where are you going and provide them your itinerary; and, ensure you have safety and emergency measures provided for in your travel belongings.    

NEW YORK BUDGET TRAVEL TIPS

BEST TIME TO VISIT NEW YORK

New York’s high tourist season and most expensive time to visit is in the summer (June to August).  The least expensive time to go to New York is in the winter months (November to March), unless it’s the holiday season in New York City – this can be a very price time to visit.  Summer can be very hot in New York (especially in New York City), so recommended times to visit for nice weather and avoiding the high prices and tourists are the shoulder season months (April, May, September and October).

PERSONAL STORY

I must confess that New York City has held most of my New York attention. I have driven through New York several times, and I have been to Niagara Falls, but I’ve never really spent more time than that in the state of New York.  I love NYC for its people, all it has to offer, as well as how photographic it is. I hope you enjoy my NYC photos – more will be coming!  However, I do look forward to exploring more of New York in the future. I may redo a New England area road trip, which will include New York.  Stay tuned!

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