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A trip to New York City should include a visit to the 9/11 Memorial which honors those whose lives were lost on that fateful day in 2001 as well as the victims of the 1993 terrorist attack at the World Trade Center on February 26, 1993. The Memorial is a simple yet powerful statement,... more

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The Adirondacks, only a little north of Saratoga Springs and accessed easily from I-87, are without doubt a very special part of New York State. Located in the northeast corner of the state and covering more than 6 million acres, the Adirondacks offer travelers the opportunity to enjo... more

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The Adirondacks Museum, a compound of buildings, galleries, and exhibit halls, is thought of as the Smithsonian Museum of the Adirondacks. It is unfortunately open only from Memorial Day to mid-October but it is well worth a visit to see the boat museum, homes built in the finest Adi... more

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A world-class art museum, the Albright-Knox Art Gallery, is located in Buffalo. Its holdings of contemporary and modern art are extensive but there are also smaller collections of Asian, European, and Greek art and sculpture. Foremost in the collections are the works of American abstr... more

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Also worthy of a visit north of Plattsburgh, in the small town of Chazy is the Alice T. Miner Museum, whose collections are wider and more eclectic that one can possibly imagine. Alice Miner’s husband, William, bought and remodeled an old building, which became the museum, to house... more

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The Alice Water’s Glimmerglass Opera (607-547-5704), to the north of Cooperstown on the edge of the Lake Otsego, affords a spectacular backdrop of lake and mountain for its high quality. seasonal opera concerts. ... more

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A monumental museum focusing on all aspects of natural history, a fabulous museum for children.... more

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In the town of Clayton is the Antique Boat Museum, in which are displayed some 150 of the freshwater boats that plied the waters of the area. The museum is much more than a collection of old water craft as classes from seamanship to boat building, regattas and a host of other activiti... more

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Boscobel gives us an example of the finest of American Federal architecture, interiors, and furniture whose contents have been meticulously assembled to show the influence of the period of the Adam style. Of particular note is the freestanding stairway in the front hall—the grac... more

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The Bronx Zoo is the largest urban wildlife park in the United States. With award-winning exhibits, The Bronx Zoo features over 4,000 animals and a diversity that can't be found anywhere else.... more

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The Brooklyn Botanic Garden is one of New York's most treasured natural spaces. A tour through Brooklyn Botanic Garden, no matter what time of year, will be a wonderful experience full of color, fragrance, beauty, and design.... more

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Brooklyn Bridge, New York

Begun in 1870 and completed in 1883 the Brooklyn Bridge was until 1903 the longest suspension bridge in the world.  It is the worlds first steel wire bridge. Walking across this bridge is one of the real treats of a visit to New York.... more

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The Brooklyn Museum is one of the oldest and largest art museums in the country. Its collections range from ancient Egyptian masterpieces to contemporary art, and represent a wide range of cultures.... more

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Albany, the state capital, sits on the Hudson River in central New York and was in its earliest years the gateway to western New York, traveling the Erie Canal to the Great Lakes. The Capitol Building looks for all the world like a château and the grand and large plazas in front... more

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The Cathedral of St. John the Divine is a Gothic-style cathedral of enormous proportions. It is the seat of the Episcopal Diocese of New York. ... more

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Among the things to do in the area is to climb to the site of the Catskill Mountain House, long since gone, from where you can enjoy incredible vistas made famous by artists of the 19th century. Built in 1824, high above the valley, perched upon the cliffs, the Mountain House was one ... more

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Central Park, New York

A spectacular swath of green comprising some 843 acres located between 59th and 110th Streets and between Fifth Avenue and Central Park West. Within the park are ponds, lakes, trails for hiking, biking, and horseback riding, carriage rides, and an ice-skating rink (used for roller ska... more

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Chautauqua County to the south of Buffalo is largely farm country. What has given it an international reputation is the Chautauqua Institution, to which politicians come to learn and to teach, and at which concerts are held each summer for a nine-week period. As many as 7,500 students... more

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Another of New York’s architectural gems in the art deco style. Towering at 1045 feet, it was the tallest building in New York when it was constructed in 1930.... more

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The civic center, the site of the city’s government, is located just north of the financial district. Within the area are many interesting and historical buildings.... more

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A museum devoted to the decorative arts. ... more

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From Corning detour northeast on Route 13 to Ithaca, site of Cornell University, founded in 1886, which sits high above the town. Cornell has tours of its campus, best done by walking after you have parked at the Plantations headquarters. The tour takes you through the oldest building... more

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Be sure to plan a stop in Corning and tour of the Corning Museum of Glass. The primary reason for visiting the museum is to see the exhibits of glass spanning 3,500 years—these are extraordinary exhibits and one cannot help marveling at the glass utensils and objects of art crea... more

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Other interesting things to see north of Ticonderoga on Route 9N include the Crown Point State Historic Site (518-597-3666). This location has seen a French battlement, Fort St. Frederic, as well as one built by the British, Fort of Crown Point. Both were built to control access to La... more

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This small museum recounts the history of the canal and its role in hauling coal from Pennsylvania. There is a walking path along the now dried-up canal and locks. ... more

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In the city of Buffalo, Delaware Park, designed by the noted landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted, is a haven of quiet in the midst of this bustling city—open space and woods are there for the visitor to enjoy, as well as the country’s third-oldest zoo. ... more

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Rochester is a city of learning institutions, including the University of Rochester with the Eastman School of Music. The Eastman School is world reknown for its academics and leadership in the world of music. The University is located at a number of sites through out the city and wh... more

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Southeast of Buffalo in East Aurora via Route 400 south is the Roycroft Campus and the Elbert Hubbard-Roycroft Museum, located on the former site of the manufacturers of furniture and accessories in the Arts and Crafts style. The museum, in the home of a leather-craft worker of this e... more

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Ellis Island is one of the highlights of New York—a must see for all visitors to New York. More than 12 million immigrants between 1892 and 1954 came to the United States in search of freedom and economic opportunity. It is mind boggling to comprehend that 40% of Americans can trace... more

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Empire State Building

The Empire State Building was built in the first half of the 20th century, as an architectural statement, complete with an observatory and a view that you won’t want to miss unless you’re not big on heights.... more

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Recommended by Asa Ransom House: The Grand Old Erie Canal connects the Hudson River & the Atlantic Ocean at sea level with Niagara River & the Great Lakes at 570-feet above sea level. The 363-mile engineering feat was dug by hand between 1817 & 1825. Travel through the ... more

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In Syracuse, the Erie Canal Museum depicts the history of the development of the Erie Canal and its role in the growth of trade in the areas it served. On display is a 65-foot replica of a canal boat, which gives the visitor a great sense of what traveling on a canal was all about. (3... more

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Other worthwhile things to see in Cooperstown include the Farmers’ Museum, a collection of 19th-century buildings moved to this site and in which are now displayed the trade buildings of the time (doctor’s office, school, church, farmhouse, and a general store) and within ... more

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The Fenimore House Museum is located on the shores of Otsego Lake near the Farmers' Museum and about a mile outside of Cooperstown. The museum houses a collection of Native American and American folk art. There is a new wing focusing on the crafts of textiles, beadwork, basketry, ... more

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Syracuse marks the eastern edge of the Finger Lakes region of New York. This region is one of the most beautiful parts of the state and has within its boundaries a series of long, slender lakes with miles of shoreline unencumbered with towns or homes. The Finger Lakes have become one ... more

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Flatiron Building, New York

When is was completed in 1902, the Flatiron Building was one of the tallest buildings in New York. The Flatiron District which surrounds it is named after this signature building.... more

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Continuing on I-70, at Clear Spring take Route 56 south to Fort Frederick State Park and visit the museum there. This fort figured in the French and Indian Wars, the American Revolution, and the Civil War. Back on the 70 traveling west, there are several scenic overlooks with gra... more

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On the eastern edge of the Adirondacks, east of I-87, is the Champlain Valley, which slopes down from the mountainous terrain to the lake itself. The “must-see” site in this area is Fort Ticonderoga. To reach the town of Ticonderoga, take Route 8 east from I-87 to Route 9N... more

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Recommended by Asa Ransom House: An "American Masterpiece" Constructed between 1903 and 1905. Your guide will unravel Wright’s genius in creating intricate harmonies between his building and their landscape, and will narrate the remarkable story of the great architect and his mo... more

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In Hyde Park you will find the home of Franklin Roosevelt and the FDR Library, which contains the papers and mementos of his presidency and his collection of books on naval history ... more

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The site of George Washington’s farewell address to his troops, now a tavern and a museum. ... more

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The Frederic Remington Art Museum is located in the town of Ogdensburg on Route 37. Remington spent his childhood years here and summers here thereafter. In this house where he lived, and where his widow lived after his death, is the largest single collection of his paintings, waterco... more

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Architecturally one of the best of the Rockefeller Center buildings. Home of the Rainbow Room restaurant on the 65th floor. (570 Lexington Ave, SW corner of 51st Street, 30 Rockefeller Plaza.) ... more

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Be sure to explore East Street, beyond the inner ring, a wide boulevard that is graced with the city’s grandest estates—one of which belonged to George Eastman. The George Eastman House and Museum of Photography is the home of the father of photography and on display are t... more

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Grand Central Terminal

Grand Central Terminal is a major transportation complex and an architectural masterpiece in the Beaux Arts style.... more

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There is a series of towns at the northern tips of the lakes along Route 20 that are interesting to visit, including Canandaigua with the Granger Homestead and Carriage Museum. The Homestead and Mansion were home to four generations of the Granger Family and now serves as a showcase ... more

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Seasonally available for the visitor is Great Camp Sagamore, summer home of the Vanderbilt family, which was once able to provide accommodations for more than 100 guests. Today it is a National Historic Site and guided tours are provided as well as lodging and classes. The camp is loc... more

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Other attractions in Saratoga Springs area include the Hyde Collection, a museum in the town of Glens Falls, with its exquisite collection of paintings by such well-known artists as Botticelli, da Vinci, Rubens, Rembrandt, El Greco, Renoir, Van Gogh, and Picasso (518-792-1761). ... more

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Recommended by Millbrook Country House: Innisfree is a 150-acre public garden in which the ancient art of Chinese landscape design has been reinterpreted to create a unique American garden. In parts of Innisfree the visitor strolls from one three-dimensional "vignette" to another.... more

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Other interesting things to see north of Ticonderoga on Route 9N include the Kent-Delord House Museum in Plattsburgh, with its vast collections of art, furniture, and accessories. The museum traces the lives of a family over three generations as well the life of the house they lived i... more

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Kykuit is a National Trust property. It is one of the most famous of several homes built by the Rockefeller family along the Hudson. It too is located on Route 9, north of I-87 by 2 miles. The original house, built for John D. Rockefeller, has been modified into the grand home that ex... more

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Recommended by Asa Ransom House: Restored to its original beauty just 29 years ago, the  Lancaster Opera House is a sparkling example of an old tradition of combining a music/dance hall and governmental functions in one building.   The building currently offers a wide variety of... more

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This complex of five theater and concert buildings is the site of performances of music, drama, and dance. One-hour guided tours of performance halls only—reservations recommended. Tours start at concourse level of Metropolitan Opera House. ... more

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Set on the river just inland from the lake’s eastern shore, Jamestown was Lucille Ball’s childhood home and there is a museum, the Lucille Ball-Desi Arnaz Center (716-484-0800) that serves as a tribute to the first couple of comedy. ... more

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Lyndhurst is a Gothic Revival castle with turrets and towers that was designed by architect Alexander Jackson Davis whose reputation for design of this style made him famous in his time. This home, run by the National Trust for Historic Preservation, is worth a visit to see the severa... more

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Manhattan Bridge, New York

The Manhattan Bridge connects Lower Manhattan with Brooklyn. This suspension bridge was opened in 1909.... more

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If you are an opera buff, you may want to visit the Marcella Sembrich Memorial Studio located along the shores of Lake George in the town of Bolton Landing. Here, mementos of her coloratura soprano career in Europe and the United States are displayed. (518-644-9839)... more

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The largest museum in the western world houses more than one can conceive. Among the highlights are the American Wing and the collection of Impressionists and Post-Impressionists. ... more

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Depending on your route to Albany, retracing your tracks south to the I-88 or continuing north from Ithaca and turning east on Route 20, there are several areas of interest, including the Mohawk Valley, an area where settlers and travelers in the 18th and 19th centuries moved along th... more

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The best of all forms of American folk art.... more

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The Museum of Jewish Heritage is a memorial of the Holocaust which honors those who died .  The museum offers exhibits, personal objects, photographs, and original films which illustrate the story of Jewish heritage.... more

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For those interested in the modern arts of painting, sculpture, photography, etc., there is no better museum anywhere in the world. ... more

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Museum of Modern Art (MOMA), New York

The Museum of Modern Art is considered to be the most influential museum of modern art in the world.  Its collection gives a wide ranging view of modern and contemporary art including drawing, painting, sculpture, design, architecture, prints and electronic media. An award winning re... more

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The Museum of the City of New York offers the history of the city of New York in it's entirety . ... more

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Nestled on the south tip of Lake Otsego, Cooperstown, equidistant between I-88 and Route 20, is best known as the home of the National Baseball Hall of Fame, whose three floors contain the history, memorabilia, data, and records of those who made this sport what it is today. There is ... more

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Other attractions in Saratoga Springs include the National Museum of Dance, the country’s only museum devoted to dance (518-584-2225). The museum also includes a Dance Hall of Fame with the likes of Fred Astaire, Martha Graham and Bill ’Bojangles’ Robinson.... more

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The National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame with its collections of the highlights of the world of horses is a mecca for those interested in thoroughbred horse racing.The Hall of Fame is a "who's who" of horse racing from horses to jockeys to owners. Information abou... more

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One-hour guided tours of the National Broadcasting Company studios, located at the Rockefeller Center. The tour gives you the opportunity to visit some of the most famous studios including: Dateline NBC, NBC Nightly News, NBC Sports, Late Night with Conan O'Brien, The Rosie O'... more

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The New York Botanical Garden was Founded in 1891. It is one of the world’s great collections of plants, the region’s leading educational center for gardening and horticulture, and an international center for plant research.... more

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City Hall New York

New York City Hall is the oldest city hall in the United States that still houses its government functions. Begun in 1803 and completed in 1812 the building is a historic landmark.... more

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The marble lions in front are only the beginning of things of interest in this building, which houses some of the most famous and rare historical documents of our history. One-hour guided tours available. ... more

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The site of trading shares in the world’s corporations. Free tickets are available for same-day visits at the visitors’ center at 20 Broad Street. ... more

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Recommended by Asa Ransom House: The Niagara Wine Trail includes twelve quality wineries and vineyards on the Niagara Escarpment between Lockport and Niagara Falls. Tour, Taste and Shop at these exceptional wineries.... more

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On Route 9G is the Olana Historical Site. This mansion bears much of the style and feeling of Sunnyside and has within its walls many paintings by Frederic Edwin Church, the original owner, who in its construction was influenced by the places he and his wife had visited in their world... more

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From Niagara Falls take the Robert Morris Parkway, a beautiful drive that hugs the edge of the gorge and then past the Power Authority to Old Fort Niagara. Located 15 miles north of Niagara Falls, this 18th-century fort at the confluence of the Niagara River and Lake Ontario was at va... more

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In the early 1930s the Adirondacks became famous when Lake Placid, reached by taking Route 73 from I-87 north (the New York State Thruway), hosted the Winter Olympics, as it did again in 1980. The Olympic Stadium, with its four ice-skating rinks, is available for touring by appointmen... more

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Radio City Music Hall

Radio City Music Hall is a great tourist attraction with movies, and stage shows featuring the famous Rockettes. One-hour guided tour available.... more

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Also in Corning is the Robert Rockwell Museum with its collections of American western art, toys, and more than 2,000 pieces of the art glass of Frederick Carder, co-founder of the Steuben Glass Works. (607-937-5386)... more

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Rockefeller Center, New York City, New York

A commercial and retail complex of many buildings with gardens and water fountains and in the holiday season the site of a spectacular Christmas tree and skating rink (a restaurant at other times of the year). (Located between 48th and 51st Streets and Fifth and Sixth Avenues.) ... more

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For wildlife enthusiasts follow signs to the outskirts of town to the Roger Tory Peterson Institute. Set on 27 acres, the institute has a wonderful exhibit of this century’s greatest naturalist. Enjoy the art, the photography and if time allows, take advantage of the extensive w... more

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In Geneva you can visit Rosa Hill Mansion, a Greek Revival mansion built in 1839. The building was renovated in 1968 and is currently a National Historic Landmark. Most of the rooms are open for viewing and decorated in the Empire style which was typical of the original mansion (315-... more

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Other attractions in Saratoga Springs include the Saratoga National Historical Park, which focuses on the battles in the late 18th century between the French and the Americans. One of the key victories in the war for independence occurred here (518-664-9821).... more

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Between 1865 and 1900 Saratoga Springs was the summer resort to which all the “right” people made journeys. With its large hotels and a race track, this was a place of great entertaining and sport but perhaps it was best known for its healing mineral-water baths. The old c... more

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The Shaker Museum has closed and will eventually re-open in New Lebanon, New York. May, 2009.The Shaker Museum and Library is an exceptional museum reflecting a way of life and a style of living. This museum houses the largest collection of all things Shaker displayed in several diffe... more

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Housed in a building design by architect Frank Lloyd Wright, this building is as interesting for its architecture as for its art. Guided tours available. ... more

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There is a series of towns at the northern tips of the Finger Lakes along Route 20 that are interesting to visit, including Canandaigua with the Sonnenburg Gardens and Museum. Besides the beautiful formal and informal gardens and the Queen Anne style mansion, the park is home to the F... more

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Site of many of the early buildings in the seaport of the 19th century, including the Seaport Museum and the Fulton Fish Market (viewing the latter is a very early-morning experience, usually before dawn).... more

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St Patrick's Cathedral, New York

Facing Rockefeller Center St Patrick’s Cathedral is a decorated Neo-Gothic style cathedral and the seat of the archbishop of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of New York---worth a look inside for its soaring architecture and exquisite stained glass. Located on the east side of Fifth A... more

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The Episcopal Chapel, located in what is now the bustling financial district, was dedicated in 1766 and is the oldest remaining church in Manhattan. There are 40 minute guided tours available.... more

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The borough of Staten Island is reached by taking the Staten Island Ferry (718 876-8441) , from which you have spectacular views of the Statue of Liberty and the Manhattan skyline.... more

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A trip to the Statue of Liberty National Monument, one of the most recognized symbols of freedom, can be an enjoyable and memorable experience.... more

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Rochester is also the home of the Strong National Museum of Play. This museum is an eclectic one, with over 300,000 objects including a collection of 27,000 dolls, dollhouses, pattern glass, folk art, Tiffany glass, toy trains, and miniatures of a large and varied lot. Beyond the col... more

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Sunnyside is the home of author Washington Irving, whose contributions to American writing include the stories of Rip van Winkle and Ichabod Crane. The tales he wove of life in Sleepy Hollow country and the home he built here are part of the history of this area. His home contains ele... more

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A personal favorite, this museum is actually a 40-room mansion within whose walls you find art objects of every description. No children under 10. ... more

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A collection of Judaica spanning 4,000 years. ... more

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In the heart of the Theater District; best known for its lighted billboards at night. ... more

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Built in the 19th century in the Gothic Revival style with a towering spire and massive bronze doors. There are 45-minute guided tours of the church available. ... more

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The Union Church of Pocantico Hills contains the only set of stained-glass windows created by Mark Chagall for an American church. The rose window was designed and created by Henry Matisse. ... more

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One of the most important international organizations of our world. A great place to visit, to tour, and to be humbled. 45-minute guided tour only, no children under 5. Open year-round March – December 9:15 – 4:45 pm, rest of year Monday – Friday 9:15 am – 4:45... more

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The University of Rochester, while small in enrollment(4600 undergraduate students), has developed a major reputation for academic excellence and research.... more

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Val-kill Cottage became the permanent home of Eleanor Roosevelt after the death of her FDR in 1945. In earlier years Franklin, Eleanor and their children would relax and entertain guests at Val-Kill. ... more

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The Vanderbilt National Historical Site is a 50-room Beaux-Arts mansion displaying the wealth and elegance of life at the end of the 19th century. This is a mansion of incredible opulence and reflects the lifestyle of the times when the privileged classes entertained in a grand way. ... more

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Wall Street is most well known area in New York. There are many historical buildings dating back to the Dutch settlement of the 17th century that make this area particularly charming for those interested in architecture and the history of early New York. ... more

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About 24 miles before Ithaca there is an interesting side trip via Route 14 to the Watkins Glen State Park, considered to be the finest glen in the Finger Lakes region. With its deep gorge and rushing waters, there are dramatic waterfalls and breathtaking views from the suspension bri... more

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The West Point Military Academy is on a spectacular site with views of and across the Hudson. West Point was established as a fort in 1778 and not until 1802 did it become a training academy for the army. A visitors’ center explains the history of West Point and offers tours of ... more

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Among the various things you might do while visiting in the Adirondacks is to drive the Whiteface Mountain Veterans Memorial Highway, open sometime between mid-May and June depending on the melting of the winter snow. To reach this highway take Route 86 in Lake Placid to Route 431 at ... more

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A museum focused on contemporary artists. ... more

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Built in 1913 and the world’s tallest building at 792 feet, until the completion of the Chrysler Building in 1930, this is a monumental design of architecture. ... more

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