Situated in the northeast of the United States, New York is a magnificent state filled with diversity and culture. Famous around the globe for the metropolis of New York City, the state is also filled with natural landscapes that include lakes, farmland, forests and national parks.

There is a distinguished difference between ‘upstate’ and ‘downstate’ New York. The north of the state toward the Canadian border has a more suburban and country atmosphere, with small towns and national parks present. To the south toward the state’s capital, New York City, you will find less countryside and a more developed city atmosphere.

The ‘Big Apple,’ ‘City That Never Sleeps’ and ‘Capital City of the World‘ are just a few of the nicknames given to amazing New York City. The city has been the largest in America since 1790 and is one of the largest cities in the world today. The fine harbor, which the city is built around, has made New York City a center for trade and finance for hundreds of years. Today New York City is the headquarters of the United Nations and also the country’s financial markets.

The breathtaking skyline of New York City is famous around the world. There are some amazing architecturally significant buildings located throughout the densely filled city area. It is filled with culture that includes Broadway theatre, modern art galleries, historical museums, international cuisine, the impressive Central Park, famous landmarks and a variety of sporting events and teams. With so much to see and do it is no wonder New York City is one of the most visited cities in the world, welcoming over 40 million tourists per year.

America’s largest national park, Adirondack Park, is positioned in New York’s northeast. The park boasts over 9,000 square miles of natural wilderness with an entire mountain range and many rivers, lakes, waterfalls and forests. On the Canadian border in the north is where you’ll find the incredible Niagara Falls, an amazing spectacle caused by water rushing from the Great Lakes en route to the Atlantic Ocean. The falls are a very popular tourist attraction and also a valuable source of hydroelectric power.