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If you travel to New York City for this year’s World Pride 2019 do not miss the opportunity to get to know the rest of NYC state. The state offers a variety of adventures ranging from wine tasting along Finger Lakes to the 46 peaks of the Adirondacks and exploring the fairytale castles of the Thousand Islands. We present you a few of the regions in the “Empire State”.

 

Long Island

Fire Island is one of the most famous holiday destinations of the American LGBT community, with beautiful beaches, bars, restaurants and clubs. Cherry Grove and The Pines are well worth a visit. Other destinations include the historic Montauk Lighthouse with its spectacular views, Jones Beach with its 10-kilometer coastline, and Cooper’s Beach, which has been named one of America’s best beaches. Long Island is home to some 40 wineries that do not only offer grounds for extensive romantic walks but also provide excellent wine tasting. The glorious times of the 1890s to 1930s can be felt during a visit to the Gold Coast Mansions such as Oheka Castle or Coe Hall along the north coast. Long Beach, on the other hand, is home to the Pride on the Beach, which takes place every year in June.

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Catskills

The Catskills are known for the world-famous 1969 Woodstock Music Festival in Bethel, which celebrates its 50th anniversary in 2019. The Bethel Woods Center for the Arts is dedicated to music and the arts and hosts concerts, festivals, workshops and exhibitions throughout the year. Your can explore the Catskills mountains in sporty way when hiking or mountain-biking. Hunter Mountain is North America’s longest and highest mountain range, while North-South Lake in Catskill Park is a pleasant spot for paddling. The Yo-1 Wellness Center, an exclusive wellness resort offering yoga, acupuncture, ayurveda and naturopathy is a great place to relax.

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Hudson Valley

The Storm King Art Center and Dia:Beacon are two internationally renowned art museums in the hilly Hudson Valley. Also worth a visit are the former homes of the Rockefellers, the Roosevelts and the Renaissance palace of the Vanderbilts, built in Beaux Arts style. Just 90 minutes from New York City, the Culinary Institute of America offers in its four restaurants exquisite culinary delights, cooking classes and spectacular views of the Hudson Valley. You can spend a stylish night at the Mohonk Mountain House. The Victorian castle is one of the Historic Hotels of America and offers an award-winning spa, excellent restaurant and golf course. Another highlight is the world’s longest pedestrian bridge. The Walkway over the Hudson spans the Hudson River for a good two kilometers and was built converting a former railway bridge.

 

Greater Niagara

The State Park around Niagara Falls, the oldest in the US, offers attractions like boat trips on the Maid of the Mist, the Cave of the Winds, the Niagara Adventure Theater or the Aquarium of Niagara. Architecture lovers can visit the houses designed by Frank Lloyd Wright for Darwin Martin and the Graycliff Estate on the shores of Lake Erie. Anchor Bar invites you to sample the original, world-famous Buffalo Chicken Wings as they were created here. Popular neighbourhoods like Elmwood Village, Allentown and Theatre districts, as well as various LGBTQ bars and clubs invite you to enjoy local cuisine, art, culture and the nightlife of Buffalo. The Niagara Wine Trail is the best way to discover a new wine region.
More information about the all-year destination New York State can be found at www.iloveny.com/lgbt/

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