Upstate New York is the name given to every part of New York State that isn’t New York City. The region around Upstate New York vacation rentals encompasses a huge variety of locations, towns, cities and terrains, with large expanses of unspoiled natural beauty and a wealth of experiences on offer.
Perhaps the most famous natural attraction in the state, and an excellent destination for Upstate New York self-catering accommodation is Niagara Falls in the Niagara Frontier Region. It’s the world’s largest waterfall in terms of annual flow, and can be viewed from a variety of angles – at the top, bottom, by boat or on Goat Island. Connected to the falls, a little way upstream is Whirlpool State Park, which features spectacular rapids and the whirlpools that give the park its name.
A very modern city, and another great base for a self-catering vacation rental in Upstate New York would be Buffalo. It’s the second largest urban centre in the state and boast cultural attractions like museums, galleries and large amount of preserved historic buildings in its Allentown District. Buffalo Zoo was one of the first in the whole country, and today is a first-rate attraction, with bears, sea lions and elephants.
When it comes to outdoor recreation there’s a massive choice of regions to visit for Upstate New York vacation accommodation. Possibly the most undeveloped region is the Adirondacks, where there’s a large area of mountainous and wooded terrain, perfect for an outdoor adventure. The Finger Lakes, just below Lake Ontario is one of the prime destinations for water sport and also boasts supreme natural beauty with waterfalls and gorges. It’s also home to the largest wine region in the state.
New York City would be a great choice for an excursion on holiday at Upstate New York accommodation. It boasts a wealth of first-class attractions and sights that barely need any introduction, from the Empire State Building to the Statue of Liberty to Macy’s, Central Park and 5th Avenue.
Covering such a wide region, there’s quite a difference between annual conditions for Upstate New York self-catering accommodation. Generally though, summers bring warm, humid conditions, when temperatures get up to the high 20s. Winters are consistently cold, with sub-zero temperatures and snow common from December to March.
If you’re flying from the UK, the most convenient option for reaching Upstate New York vacation rentals would be to fly Delta, British Airways, Virgin, Kuwait Airways or American Airlines from London Heathrow (LHR) to JFK Airport, before travelling by road or catching a connecting flight to your destination.