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On the road in New York

New York may offer up everything under the sun, but don’t restrict your explorations to city limits – head out into New York State and you’ll discover even more to love about this East Coast destination. Whether it’s a tranquil getaway to the Hamptons, a beachside party in Fire Island, or a weekend escape in a New York State B&B, the Empire State is just the ticket for day-trippers and weekend warriors.

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The Long Island Coast

Out-of-towners may not associate New York with its beaches, but venture just beyond Brooklyn and Queens and into Long Island, and you’ll discover miles of beautiful, sandy coastlines. Whether you opt for a popular state park or a more secluded stretch, a day at the beach is day-trip perfection. And if you want to combine your lounging with some culture, take a trip to Long Island’s Gold Coast on the north shore, where the likes of the Astors and the Vanderbilts constructed their mansions.

Five of the best Long Island beaches

The Hamptons

Located on the eastern tip of Long Island, The Hamptons are as ritzy as it gets – if you need proof, just know that F. Scott Fitzgerald set The Great Gatsby here. Follow the New York elite out to this beachy haven, where you can rent a luxurious beach house, experience the chic shopping scene, and sample award-winning fine dining.

Spending the summer in the Hamptons

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Fire Island

A hop, skip, and a jump from the city, Fire Island is a perfect party destination; every summer, members of New York’s LGBT community flock here for memorable nights out and a spirit of inclusiveness. But beyond the revelry, visitors to Fire Island will also discover a tranquil retreat, with placid beaches, quiet boardwalks, and other seaside amusements on tap.

Fire Island, New York: The hottest summer party isle

Gastronomic New York State

New York City might be made for food lovers, but the culinary delights don’t end once you leave town. New York State has plenty of its own unique temptations. Visitors with a sweet tooth will want to go on a maple syrup tour, where they can try the syrup, maple candies, and other sugary treats. And a trip to New York State’s artisan distilleries is also sure to tempt – plan to sample everything from rye whiskey to berry vodka.

Where to taste New York State maple syrup

New York State Weekend Retreats

For those moments when you crave a bit of peace and quiet in the City that never Sleeps, renting a room at a New York State B&B can be the perfect tonic. From the Finger Lakes to Niagara, these cosy and characterful stays are one of the best ways to get acquainted with New York’s rural charms. If you crave a little adventure, you can also head out of town on two wheels, thanks to the state’s network of exceptional bike trails, where you’ll uncover some truly breathtaking scenery.

The best New York State B&Bs

Image credits: Jones Beach © NYS Parks, Beach Chairs © Alison Perry Photography, Fire Island Marina © Dough Schneider, New York State Weekend Retreats, Bike Trails © Kenneth Wiedemann