Description - Twelve travel regions are found throughout New York. Geographically centralized, each region offers something unique for the year-round visitor. The regions include Allegany, Central, Finger Lakes, Genesee, New York, Niagara, Palisades / Catskills, Long Island, Saratoga / Capital, Taconic / Hudson Valley, Adirondacks and Thousand Islands.
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- The state of New York is divided into twelve travel regions which include Allegany, Central, Finger Lakes, Genesee, New York, Niagara, Palisades / Catskills, Long Island, Saratoga / Capital, Taconic / Hudson Valley, Adirondacks and Thousand Islands.
Recreation - Recreation in New York is as varied as the terrain. Each region offers countless opportunities for the outdoor enthusiast. Wide ranges of boating opportunities include sailing, kayaking, rafting, canoeing, speed boating, personal watercraft, wind sailing and power boating. Anglers enjoy some of the nation's best year-round trophy fishing. Trail blazers find the Finger Lakes, Catskills and Adirondacks superb. Swimming, viewing migrations, camping and nature study are found throughout the state. Visiting national historic sites from the Revolutionary War period to America's immigration sites are stunning preservations enjoyed by all ages.
Climate - New York experiences four distinct seasons, with spring and fall being the most pleasant times to travel through the region. Humidity in the southeastern areas of the state can make summer travel uncomfortable, although many festivals and special events occur during that season. Summer highs in the lower elevations of New York usually don't surpass 90 degrees F. Thunderstorms occur a few times a week and can bring needed relief from the heat.
During the fall and spring humidity levels drop with temperatures and make for pleasantly mild traveling weather. Fall brings brilliant color changes in the leaves and spring bring blooming flowers to all regions of the state.
Winter travel can be hazardous as the western portion of the state receives extreme amounts of snow. Debilitating ice storms hit the southeastern portion of the state as often as snow. Although the major highways are usually clear soon after snow, in time to reach the ski resorts in northern New York.
Twelve travel regions encompass the entire state of New York. Maps are available on the individual descriptive pages.