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New York Vacation | Start Planning Your Trip for an Escape to the Empire State

Ready for a New York vacation? Find the best hotels and tips on things to do whether you're heading to the city or looking for an upstate escape.

New York may be synonymous with the city, but the state itself is a traveler’s dream. You’ve got skiing, wine country, fail foilage, and a slew of charming towns in between that make for a great weekend getaway. Then yes, of course, there’s the city itself whose hotels and travel opportunities we’ve covered extensively.

So if you’re planning a New York vacation, you’ve come to the right spot. Because whether you’re looking for the city or to get out of the urban jungle, we’ve got something for you.

Read on and plan your New York vacation.

Family Vacations in New York City

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You might imagine New York City to be too chaotic to bring the kids along. Fortunately, there are plenty of family-friendly hotels in NYC to help you manage the chaos and make it a memorable trip.

In Midtown, you’ve got The Omni Berkshire Place. Shoppers will dig the location, near Fifth Avenue, but kids will especially appreciate the Omni Sensational Kids program. At check-in, the hotel will hook your kid up with a backpack filled with toys, books, and games to play with during their stay. At night, they’ll get to snack on milk and cookies, delivered to your room.

Omni Berkshire Place

Top rated
New York, 3.8 miles to 911 Memorial
9.2 Excellent (8627 reviews)
Excellent Location 9.5 / 10
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Luxury Hotels in NYC

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Some travelers see a trip to New York City is a once-in-a-lifetime travel opportunity. That’s why it’s not uncommon to treat yourself to a once-in-a-lifetime experience by booking a luxury hotel for your trip to the Big Apple.

No surprise, the city is brimming with luxury hotels. An especially popular option with guests (among the stiff competition) is 1 Hotel Central Park. Here you can book the Greenhouse Suite, settling into a room outfitted with a wall of plants and a deep-soaking copper tub. When hunger strikes, you can head over to the property’s Jams restaurant where James Beard-celebrated chef, Jonathan Waxman, treats guests to incredible dishes, like the roasted Long Island duck.

Simply put, life here does not suck.

1 Hotel Central Park

Top rated
New York, 4.1 miles to 911 Memorial
9.5 Excellent (3561 reviews)
Excellent Location 9.6 / 10
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Head Upstate

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Yes, the city is marvelous. But there’s no shortage of wonderful travel opportunities across the state of New York. From Lake Place in the Northeast to Buffalo in the West, New Yorkers are spoiled for choice.

The Adirondacks are an especially popular escape for New Yorkers and New Englanders alike. Lake Placid is your Adirondacks hub, which you might recognize from when they hosted the 1980 Winter Olympics. (You can still make use of the Olympic equipment!)

If you’re heading up to Lake Placid, you’ll want to book a stay at The Whiteface Lodge. Here, you’ll be as cozy as you can possibly imagine in this cabin-esque lodge. This is the quintessential Adirondacks property.

The Whiteface Lodge

Top rated
9.4 Excellent (586 reviews)
Excellent Cleanliness 9.5 / 10
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New York Spa Resorts

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New York is not a small state. That makes it a wonderful travel destination for anyone looking to relax in a resort town, surrounded by gorgeous nature. That’s right, we’re talking about a spa getaway.

The aforementioned Whiteface Lodge would fit the bill, but this time let’s focus on another Adirondack spot in Lake Placid, Mirror Lake Inn Resort & Spa. This is the ideal location for a romantic getaway thanks to the resort’s Couples Getaway package. The package includes side-by-side massages and pedicures. You can complete the deal with the Ultimate Renewal, targetting the entire body with a facial, massage, and shampoo.

Mirror Lake Inn Resort & Spa

Top rated
9.1 Excellent (476 reviews)
Excellent Location 9.5 / 10
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New York Ski Resorts

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Skiiers might think they need to hop across the country to Colorado or Utah, but New York is its fair share of outstanding ski resorts, too. And it’s not like it’s limited to one small corner of the state. You could go up to Lake Placid (no surprise) or over to Holiday Valley, a popular ski resort area for New Yorkers and Midwesterners alike.

At High Peaks Resort, you’ve got three unique locations in one spot. That means you can make your ski vacation exactly what you want it to be. Besides the High Peaks Resort itself, there’s The Lake House (the base for all sorts of snowy adventures), and the Waterfront Collection. Here, you can soak in the peacefulness of the lake when you wake up in a triple-sheet, king-sized bed. You might be tempted to head out and play a little pond hockey, but we wouldn’t blame you if you stuck to your Jacuzzi.

High Peaks Resort

Top rated
8.8 Excellent (2628 reviews)
Excellent Location 9.5 / 10
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