New York State

Overall rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ – 5 adventure travel stars

Statue of Liberty

Lady Liberty

From the urban confines of the Big Apple to the picturesque plains and on to the unsurpassed beauty of the Adirondacks and the Catskills, New York state is truly a heaven on earth experience for those looking for the best in adventure travel.

Whether you’re looking for interesting cultural tours, eco-tours or walking tours or more physical activities like white water rafting and paragliding, New York has something for every seeker of both hard and soft adventure travel experiences. And don’t forget about the Statue of Liberty.

With so much to do, see and experience, it may be difficult to know where to begin, so here’s a suggestion.

If you enjoy the outdoor adventures like trekking, camping and canoeing, you might want to take your New York state adventure tour to the Catskill or the Adirondack Mountains.

And why stop there? Immerse yourself in new cultures in, and around, New York City, and don’t forget about Niagara Falls, which is an absolutely amazing sight.

You’re going to see some gorgeous landscapes in New York state from one end to the other, experience many different cultures and have exciting things to do everywhere you turn.

The bottom line: New York State has so much to offer that you would do yourself a disservice if you didn’t give it serious consideration.

Frank Sinatra may have said it best when he sang, “I want to be a part of it… New York, New York.”

Exotic Factor
Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ – 5 adventure travel stars

If you want to see something exotic just walk the streets of New York City. You’ll see some interesting people with unusual life perspectives. Chances are you’ll see some things you’ve never seen before.

New York City is a melting pot of peoples, cuisines, languages and more. This is one eclectic, mixed up town that will both baffle and delight you.

You can eat snake in Chinatown, lift a cold one in the Irish Pubs, smokers can experience a taste of the Middle East in the Hookah bars and those who prefer a tranquil atmosphere can visit a Japanese teahouse.

If you’re looking for some great outdoor adventure fun, get out of the city and head to the Adirondacks or the Catskills. You’ll see magnificent mountains, wild rivers and waterfalls, beautiful green forests and picturesque rolling landscapes.

New York State is full of exciting, exotic experiences both inside, and far away from, the Big Apple.

Cultural Factor
Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ – 5 adventure travel stars

There seems to be no end to incredible cultural experiences in New York.

Even before the days of the Dutch trading posts in the 17th century there were interesting cultures of indigenous peoples including the Mohawk, Lenape, Mohican and the Iroquois. And if you enjoy discovering the ways of life of indigenous peoples, you’ll have plenty to choose from in New York.

As more and more people from around the world immigrated to the United States, many made their home in New York, and the culture of this great state changed a little bit with each new resident.

There’s an awful lot of intriguing and significant history to learn in New York and you might want to see some of it first hand at Ellis Island or the Statue of Liberty.

When it comes to cuisine, New York has just about any international cuisine you can imagine and some of the very finest restaurants in the world.

You might want to create your own cultural tour by sampling delicious foods from all around the globe. You won’t have to go far. Just touring through the Bronx, Queens, Brooklyn and Manhattan will probably cover more than half of the major international cuisines.

And before you end your New York adventure adventure you may want to pay your respects to those who lost their lives at Ground Zero on September 11, 2001.

Adventure Factor
Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ – 5 adventure travel stars

If you’re looking for camel and elephant rides or you want to go jungle exploring, then New York isn’t going to be a good choice for you.

However, if you’re looking for just about anything else, you simply must investigate what New York has to offer.

For those in a quest for the best in adventure travel experiences, the Empire State of New York will never cease to amaze you.

If you have intellectual adventures in mind you can start with the incredible walking tours to discover a lot about how the culture of the United States was formed.

For those who like to focus on outdoor travel and adventure thrills you might want to check out the white water rafting, hike or trek the Adirondacks, find one of the many eco tours offered or get out in the water for some kayaking fun.

Here are more activities to help you enjoy your New York State adventures.


  • Bungee jumping
  • Canoeing
  • Dog sledding
  • Four wheel drive trips
  • Hang gliding
  • Hunting
  • Ice climbing
  • Motorcycling
  • Mountain biking
  • Mountain climbing
  • Orienteering
  • Paragliding
  • Rappelling
  • Rock climbing
  • Scuba diving
  • Sea kayaking
  • Skydiving
  • Snorkeling
  • Snow shoeing
  • Snow skiing
  • Soaring (gliding)
  • Spelunking (caving)
  • Surfing
  • Survival training
  • White water rafting
  • Wilderness training
  • Windsurfing


  • Birdwatching
  • Cultural tours
  • Eco tours
  • Nature trips
  • Walking tours
  • Whale watching

Could be either

  • Backpacking
  • Bicycling
  • Camping
  • Canopy tours / Ziplines
  • Fishing
  • Flying
  • Hiking
  • Horseback riding
  • Hot-air ballooning
  • Quad-biking / ATVs
  • Sailing
  • Snowmobiling
  • Trekking
  • Wildlife watching
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