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Great Escape

There’s a lot more to the Empire State than its most famous city: head upstate to discover farm-to-table feasts in the Catskills, a vast wilderness of lakes and mountains in the Adirondacks and cutting-edge art in Hudson, before drinking in Brooklyn’s spirit scene and setting sail for the Hamptons

NEWYORK STATE

@SophieLMcGrath

Montauk Point Lighthouse dates from 1796, and stands on Long Island at the easternmost tip of New York State
PHOTOGRAPHS DAN HALLMAN @DanHallman

Plan your trip

1 Feast on country produce straight from the source, just a few hours from the city in the farms and restaurants of the Catskills (p50).

MAP ILLUSTRATION: ALEX VERHILLE. PHOTOGRAPHS: ANDRII GORULKO/ALAMY, ROB LATOUR/REX/SHUTTERSTOCK, RICHARD LEENEY/GETTY IMAGES, MOVIESTORE COLLECTION/ALAMY, PIXELFORMULA/SIPA/REX/SHUTTERSTOCK, MATTEO PRANDONI/BFANYC.COM/REX/SHUTTERSTOCK

2 Traverse lakes and scale mountains in the Adirondacks, one of the largest wildernesses in America (p52).

3 Discover trailblazing art and design in the shops, studios and galleries of the revived town of Hudson (p54).

4 Head back to the big city and raise a glass to inventive drinking in Brooklyn’s new crop of bars and breweries (p56).

5 Take to the water in the Hamptons to discover this wellheeled seaside retreat’s surprising maritime past (p58).

HOW TO GET THERE

Airlines such as American, BA, Delta, Norwegian, United and Virgin Atlantic fly direct from major UK cities to New York’s JFK and Newark-Liberty airports in around eight hours (from £410; ba. com). There are great views over the city flying into Newark.

HOW TO GET AROUND

A hire car is the best way to explore Upstate New York. All the usual car-hire firms have locations at New York’s airports (from around £40 per day; dollar.com). State law means minimum liability insurance is included. Carry at least £20-worth of dollars in cash for tolls, especially in and out of New York City; an electronic pass can save 5% (£17; e-zpassny.com). It’s also possible to do most of this itinerary by public transport: the river-hugging Adirondack train connects New York City’s Penn Station with Hudson town (2¼ hours; amtrak.com), and also Westport (six hours) from where there's a 45-minute bus connection to Lake Placid in the Adirondacks. The Hamptons are 2½–3½ hours from Penn Station on the Long Island Railroad (lirr42.mta.info).

HOW LONG TO SPEND

Plan to spend a couple of days in each place – ideally more in attractionpacked New York City, and also in the Adirondacks, with its vast areas to explore. The round-trip is nearly 1,000 miles, so be sure to factor in driving times and rest breaks. It’s possible to complete the trip in about 12 days, but best to allow two weeks or longer.

WHAT TO BUDGET

Costs vary across the state. A typical hotel and evening meal might cost £150 and £30 respectively in New York City, less than this in the Catskills and more in the Hamptons. However, budgetfriendly options like guesthouses, street food and cafés are available across the route. Petrol costs roughly £1.60 per gallon (about 40p per litre); budget around £100 in total for a full-size vehicle. Most purchases incur a state sales tax of around 9% – be sure to factor this into prices. Don’t forget to tip: around 10%–20% for taxi drivers, 15%–25% for waiter service and at least a dollar per drink for bar staff.

WHEN TO GO

This trip is best taken between late spring and mid-autumn, after which the Adirondacks are carpeted with snow and many places in the Hamptons close for the off-season. Avoid high summer, when New York is stiflingly hot and muggy. In May and September you’ll find milder weather, fewer crowds and lower prices.

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