- The Official New York State Tourism Website
- This official site is packed with information on all regions of the state. Recreational areas, accommodations listings, “travel ideas,” road maps, and state facts—they’re all here.
Recreation and the Outdoors
- Adirondack Mountain Club
- This can be your second stop (after New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, www.dec.ny.gov ) for more detailed information on outdoor activities in the Adirondacks. All topics from camping and hiking to educational seminars are covered; books, maps, and gear can be ordered from the site.
- America’s Byways
- This is a U.S. Department of Transportation site that offers descriptions and maps of New York’s most scenic back roads. Three byways are highlighted; a total of 14 routes are included.
- New York State Department of Environmental Conservation
- This site should be the first stop for information on hiking, canoeing, camping, and other outdoor activities in the Adirondacks and Catskills . News articles on environmental issues and special events listings are also included.
- New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation
- Each state park and historic site has its own extensive page on this informative site. Search by region or by activity.
New York City
- Citysearch: New York City Guide
- www.citysearch.com or http://newyork.citysearch.com
- Citysearch provides online information about entertainment, events, hotels, and attractions in New York City . Recommendations, reviews, and a “yellow pages” listing are included.
- NYC & Company
- At the official website of New York City’s convention and visitors bureau, you can book a hotel, learn about attractions and special events, check the weather, search out the perfect restaurant, and create your own itinerary. An excellent first stop for Big Apple visitors.
- Fun on Long Island
- Run by the Long Island Convention and Visitors Bureau and Sports Commission, this site covers cultural attractions, recreation, golf courses, restaurants, shopping malls, and more. Information on hotels and special events is also included.
- Catskill Region Today
- This official tourism site covers the four counties of the Catskills . Category listings include the outdoors, historic sites, antique and craft shops, “spiritual journeys,” lodging, and special events.
- Hudson Valley Tourism
- This official tourism site provides information on the 10 counties that line the Hudson River, from Westchester County in the south to Albany County in the north. Category listings include accommodations, antiques, art, dining, the outdoors, and tours.
- Welcome to Albany, N.Y.
- Visitors to Albany might want to check out this official tourism site. A link will take you to “hot deals,” where you can find out about travel bargains throughout the state.
- Adirondacks Mountain Region
- To help plan your trip to the North Country, visit this site run by the Adirondacks Regional Tourism Council. A “trip planner” feature can assist you in setting up a personalized itinerary.
- Cooperstown, N.Y. Visitors Guide
- Although this site concentrates on Cooperstown , home to the National Baseball Hall of Fame , it also does a good job of covering other parts of the region. Information on everything from hotels and restaurants to attractions and special events is included.
- Saratoga County Chamber of Commerce
- Here you’ll find information on where to stay, where to eat, and where to play in the horse racing capital of New York, as well as a special kids section and calendar of special events.
- Thousand Islands International Tourism Council
- Everything you wanted to know about the Thousand Islands , from where to stay or play golf to “1000 Things to Do.” The “community profiles” section offers details about each town and its attractions.
The Finger Lakes
- New York’s Finger Lakes
- Visitors to the Finger Lakes will want to check out this site, run by the Finger Lakes Tourism Alliance. In addition to information on attractions, lodging, and restaurants, the site also recommends special-interest itineraries concentrating on subjects such as nature, art, and history.
- Visit Ithaca.com
- At this comprehensive site, run by the Ithaca/Tompkins County Convention and Visitors Bureau, you’ll find information on lodging, dining, attractions, and recreation. Maps and driving directions are included.
Western New York
- The Greater Rochester Visitors Association
- Rochester hotel, airline, and auto rental reservations can all be made through this site, which is also packed with information on the city’s attractions.
- Visit Buffalo Niagara
- Run by the Buffalo Niagara Convention and Visitors Bureau, this site covers attractions, hotels, restaurants, etc., in Western New York ’s two biggest cities. Information on regional driving tours and special packages is also included.