- New York
Learn the local secrets to get the most out of the Empire State.
Here are nine traveling hacks to get you through New York.
1. Texting and Touring
New York has created Texting Stops along its highways so that you can safely pull over to text, augment your GPS directions or search sites, lodging and hotels nearby.
2. Other Ways of Transportation
Don't drive? Driving in a foreign destination can be daunting. New York offers the I LOVE NY bus, Metro North and Amtrak which all connect to local transportation outside the city to travel and tour around Upstate without having to worry about who’s doing the driving.
3. The I LOVE NY App
Search for and learn about historic sites, events, dining options, attractions and more in the palm of your hand. Download today from the iTunes store and Google Play!
4. Bring your Passport
If you plan to travel north of the border to Canada, located just north of the Adirondack, Buffalo, on the other side of the Thousand Islands-Seaway, bring your passport if you’re a U.S. citizen for reentry back into the county. If you a member of another country, you must carry a valid passport with multiple entry visa or visa waiver to reenter the United States; verify details with the Canadian Consulate before traveling.
5. Pack Proper Camping Equipment
If you plan to camp in upstate New York make sure you have proper equipment for the season you are traveling in, be sure to store your food in a bear canister and carry out everything you bring in.
6. Unique Lodging
Stay somewhere a little more out of the ordinary rather than a hotel like a Yurt (portable round tent covered with skins or felt used as a dwelling by nomads), a castle, old school bus or even a B & B to learn a little more about the area your visiting from a local.
7. Learn New York’s History
Be alert to the bold blue and yellow Path Through History signs around the state to learn about New York’s history throughout your journey.
8. Browse Taste NY Website
Use the Taste NY website to reveal locations where you can purchase locally produced food and beverages for a taste of the Empire State.