The Great Outdoors of New York State

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Go Biking

Go Biking

Reduce your carbon footprint and participate in Earth-friendly transportation options like biking, walking and taking public transit. These alternatives are often cheaper than taking a cab or renting a car. 960 1280

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Reusable Bottles

Reusable Bottles

A plastic bottle often travels thousands of miles before you buy it, so carry a reusable container or drink locally sourced water when you’re on the go. 960 1280

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Non-Stop Flights

Non-Stop Flights

Book non-stop flights whenever possible. A significant percentage of a plane’s carbon emissions come from takeoff and landing. 960 1280

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Buy Local

Buy Local

When and wherever you travel, buy local products whenever possible instead of buying products that have been flown or shipped in from overseas. However, do not buy souvenirs or other products made from endangered animals or plants. In most cases, you can't get them through customs anyway. 960 1280

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Working Farms

Working Farms

Stay at working farm that also functions as inn. This unique experience helps travelers connect with an area’s agricultural heritage -- and they cost less than hotels. 960 1280

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Recycle Trash

Recycle Trash

Staying at a hotel? Make sure you ask about the hotel’s recycling program, and sort your trash accordingly. If your hotel doesn't recycle, consider taking your empty bottles or other items home and recycle them there. 960 1280

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Hike Marked Trails

Hike Marked Trails

Don’t veer off marked trails when hiking, and maintain a safe distance from any animals you encounter. Deposit your trash in marked receptacles or take it with you when you leave. Light campfires only in areas where permitted and be sure they're completely extinguished before you leave. 960 1280

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Rent Hybrid Car

Rent Hybrid Car

Choose the smallest vehicle or a hybrid when renting a car for travel. Decline any "free" upgrades that can cost you more in gas. Consider renting an economy car if your personal vehicle is a large, gas guzzler. You'll save gas and avoid putting miles on your own vehicle. 960 1280

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Stay at Green Hotel

Stay at Green Hotel

Las Vegas is actually at the forefront of green building, and the Palazzo Hotel Vegas is one of the largest hotels in the U.S. to receive LEED certification (along with the huge Aria and Vdara City Center hotels). Ninety-five percent of the building's structural steel and 26 percent of its concrete is recycled material. The swimming pools are heated by solar power, and the hotel claims to save enough energy annually to light a 100-watt light bulb for 12,100 years. 960 1280

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Eat Local

Eat Local

Eating locally is one of the best ways to support a community. Try to shop at farmers’ markets and dine at restaurants with locally sourced ingredients. 960 1280

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Flavored with spices and warmed to perfection, a glass of mulled wine soothes the spirit. 960 1280

  

It's everyone's favorite spicy brunch cocktail, the Bloody Mary. 960 1280

  

Grab your beach blanket and bathing suit and hit the sand ' it's frozen daiquiri time. 960 1280

  

Not just for the Kentucky Derby, the Mint Julep is always a refreshing treat. 960 1280

  

Believed to have been invented in Puerto Rico, a Piña Colada hits the spot no matter where you drink it. 960 1280

  

Once considered an old-fashioned cocktail, the gimlet is gaining in popularity across America. 960 1280

  

Long a favorite in Spain, a fruity glass of sangria is the perfect summer cocktail. 960 1280

  

All you really need are tequila, triple sec and lime if you want to visit Margaritaville. 960 1280

  

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Watkins Glen International Raceway

Watkins Glen International Raceway

This summer, the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series at The Glen welcomes NASCAR's biggest stars August 9-12, 2012. Don't miss Marcos Ambrose's return to The Glen to try and reclaim his throne! Glenora Wine Cellars U.S. Vintage Grand Prix comes to The Glen Sept. 7-9, 2012. Celebrate racing's history at the largest vintage racing event in the country featuring historic cars of the past from as far back as the 1930's. 960 1280

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Fourth of July Celebration in Buffalo

Fourth of July Celebration in Buffalo

On July 4th, you’re invited to Buffalo to celebrate our nation’s independence canalside, as the city welcomes The Pride of Baltimore II to the Erie Canal Harbor. The 137' topsail schooner (or tall ship) will be in port this day, and the evening will include fireworks and great musical acts including Tom Stahl & The Dangerfields and The Lance Diamond Show. The festive day will also feature clowns, tattoo art, continuous entertainment and a fantastic fireworks display over the Buffalo waterfront. 960 1280

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Hunter Mountain’s International Celtic Festival

Hunter Mountain’s International Celtic Festival

Held August 18-19, 2012, the festival features entertainment from the Emerald Isles, plus world-class Irish-American bands and dancers. Enjoy dozens of authentic Irish vendors, traditional foods, and plenty of beverages. Saturday night there’s an amazing fireworks display; Sunday features a Bagpipe Competition, followed by the spectacular Mass March as hundreds of pipers and drummers march down the mountain in unison, then play as one at the base of the mountain! 960 1280

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40th Annual Adirondack Balloon Festival

40th Annual Adirondack Balloon Festival

Witness the flight of more than 90 hot air balloons at the festival which runs September 20-23, 2012, in Glens Falls, Queensbury and Lake George Village. The celebration begins with a community party offering balloons, fun and entertainment. In Lake George Village, enjoy dusk "Moonglow" featuring ten illuminated, tethered balloons. The festival also boasts military aircraft displays, kite flying demonstrations, musical entertainment and fireworks. 960 1280

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Bethel Woods Center for the Arts

Bethel Woods Center for the Arts

Located at the site of the 1969 Woodstock festival in Bethel, NY, on a lush campus featuring bucolic countryside views, Bethel Woods Center for the Arts offers a diverse selection of popular artists, culturally-rich performances, and educational and community programs. This year’s eclectic musical lineup includes Ringo Starr and His All Starr Band, Lady Antebellum, The Beach Boys, Sting, Joe Cocker, Brad Paisley, and the New York Philharmonic. 960 1280

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Washington Park

Washington Park

Albany’s Washington Park is a haven for outdoor activity, including strolling, jogging, picnicking, fishing, sightseeing, bird watching, and much more. It’s also a year round hotspot for many popular special events, displays and concerts. The Park’s Lakehouse is a unique amphitheatre, which hosts an array of summertime events, including the Washington Park Concert Series on Monday Nights, as well as live musical theatre performances by Park Playhouse. 960 1280

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French & Indian War Reenactment

French & Indian War Reenactment

On Lake Champlain, Fort Ticonderoga comprises nearly 2,000 acres of exquisite landscape. Events at the Fort include reenactments, living history weekends, educational seminars, garrison ghost tours and more. On Sept. 7-9, 2012, witness the British 1777 Campaign March, in which elite advanced guard soldiers of General Burgoyne's Army march into Fort Ticonderoga to rest and refit. 960 1280

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Saratoga Race Course

Saratoga Race Course

A great New York state tradition continues this summer as historic Saratoga Race Course, America’s oldest thoroughbred track, hosts its annual meet from July 20th through September 3rd. 960 1280

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New York State Fair

New York State Fair

Discover the best of New York’s agriculture, entertainment, education, industry and technology at the fun-filled New York State Fair, New York State’s largest annual event. It all takes place August 23rd through September 3rd at the State Fairgrounds in Syracuse. The fairgrounds contain more than 375 acres of animals, exhibits and displays, great food stands, plus live performances from some of the biggest names in entertainment. Take a spin on a midway ride or try your luck at a game of skill! 960 1280

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Ellis Island

Ellis Island

Ellis Island -- the gateway through which more than 12 million immigrants passed between 1892 and 1954 – was reopened to the public as a museum in 1990. Nearby, the Statue of Liberty continues to shine as a beacon of freedom. Today, the yearnings of those seeking the promise of freedom and the opportunity for a better life in America are reflected in New York's rich cultural heritage. 960 1280

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Theodore Roosevelt Inaugural Site

Theodore Roosevelt Inaugural Site

Following the assassination of President William McKinley on September 14, 1901, Vice President Theodore Roosevelt was sworn in as the 26th President of the United States in the library of friend Ansly Wilcox's home. The home, at 641 Delaware Avenue in Buffalo, is now known as the Theodore Roosevelt Inaugural Site. 960 1280

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National Museum of Play at The Strong

National Museum of Play at The Strong

At Rochester’s the National Museum of Play at The Strong, travel through 4 adventurous decades of the revolutionary Sesame Street children's television series. Dozens of interactive components invite children to explore concepts about letters, words, numbers, and diversity. And, yes, you can walk up the famous 123 Sesame Street stoop! 960 1280

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Athenaeum Hotel

Athenaeum Hotel

In the southwestern corner of New York State, the Athenaeum Hotel sits grandly on a tree-shaded hill overlooking picturesque Chautauqua Lake on the grounds of the world-renowned Chautauqua Institution. Serving guests in style since 1881, and now listed on the National Historic Register, this Victorian treasure is a full-service hotel appointed to make your stay a relaxing respite. 960 1280

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Woodstock Byrdcliffe Guild

Woodstock Byrdcliffe Guild

An artist paints at the Woodstock Byrdcliffe Guild. Byrdcliffe is a regional center for the arts located on a 250-acre mountainside campus in Woodstock, N.Y. Byrdcliffe also has an arts and performance center located in the village, and offers an integrated program of exhibitions, performance, classes, workshops, symposia, summer residences, and artist housing, embracing all disciplines of artistic endeavor in a collaborative spirit. 960 1280

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Farmers’ Museum in Cooperstown, NY

Farmers’ Museum in Cooperstown, NY

Experience 19th-century rural and village life firsthand through authentic demonstrations and interpretative exhibits at the Farmers’ Museum in Cooperstown, N.Y. The museum includes a Colonial Revival stone barn, a recreated historic village circa 1845, a late- 19th-century Country Fair featuring The Empire State Carousel, and a working farmstead. Its outstanding collection of more than 23,000 items encompasses historic objects ranging from butter molds to carriages, and hand planes to plows. 960 1280

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Metropolitan Museum of Art

Metropolitan Museum of Art

The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s roots in New York City date back to 1866 in Paris, France, when a group of Americans agreed to create a "national institution and gallery of art" to bring art and art education to the U.S. The Museum is home to over two million objects, tens of thousands of which are on view at any given time, including the largest collection of Egyptian art outside of Cairo, and the world's most comprehensive collection of American paintings, sculpture, and decorative arts. 960 1280

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Storm King Art Center

Storm King Art Center

Widely celebrated as one of the world’s leading sculpture parks, Storm King Art Center in Mountainville, in Orange County, has welcomed visitors from across the globe for fifty years. Located only one hour north of New York City, its pristine 500-acre landscape of fields, hills, and woodlands provides the setting for a collection of more than 100 carefully sited sculptures created by some of the most acclaimed artists of our time. 960 1280

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The Corning Museum of Glass

The Corning Museum of Glass

A glassblowing demonstration at The Corning Museum of Glass, in Corning, NY, the foremost authority on the art, history, science, and design of glass. It is Home to the world’s most important collection of glass, including the finest examples of glassmaking spanning 3,500 years. In addition to live glassblowing, visitors can take part in the daily make-your-own-glass experiences, creating work in a state-of-the-art glassmaking studio. 960 1280

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1: Brazil

1: Brazil

This statue of a religious figure stands high above a South American city. 960 1280

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2: Italy

2: Italy

This Michelangelo sculpture was completed in 1504 and now stands at the Accademia Gallery. 960 1280

By Joanbanjo (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0]  

3: Japan

3: Japan

Located in the Japanese prefecture of Chiba, this statue is easily accessible from several train stations. 960 1280
4: Virginia

4: Virginia

This sculpture was inspired by a Pulitzer Prize-winning photo taken by AP photographer Joe Rosenthal. It honors all members of the U.S. Marine Corps who have died in defense of their country since 1775. 960 1280
5: Nepal

5: Nepal

Standing 143 feet tall, this statue is the largest one of this Hindu god. 960 1280

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6: Texas

6: Texas

This sculpture pays tribute to the cattle drives that took place along the Shawnee Trail. 960 1280

By Maurice Chédel (picture), Robert Summers (artist) (Own work) [GFDL via Wikimedia Commons  

7: New York City

7: New York City

This lady was given to the U.S. by France. She is a symbol of freedom. 960 1280

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8: Japan

8: Japan

This giant bronze statue stands 394 feet tall and weighs more than 4,000 tons. 960 1280
9: France

9: France

Originally called "The Poet," this bronze and marble statue by Auguste Rodin depicts a man in meditation over a powerful internal struggle. 960 1280
10: Egypt

10: Egypt

With a lion body and a human head, this statue offers no obvious clues about who created it or what its purpose was. 960 1280

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11: Easter Island

11: Easter Island

There are 887 of these statues on their Polynesian home. 960 1280

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12: Thailand

12: Thailand

This god resides in a Buddhist temple called Wat Pho. 960 1280

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Answers:

Answers:

1: Christ the Redeemer in Rio de Janeiro

2: David in Florence, Italy

3: The Kamagaya Great Buddha in Kamagaya, Japan

4: Marine Corps War Memorial (also called the Iwo Jima Memorial) in Arlington, Virginia

5: Lord Shiva in Bhaktapur, Nepal

6: Pioneer Plaza in Dallas

7: Statue of Liberty in N.Y.C.

8: Ushiku Daibutsu in Ushiku, Ibaraki Prefecture, Japan

9: The Thinker in Paris

10: The Great Sphinx of Giza in Egypt

11: Moai on Easter Island

12: Reclining Buddha in Bangkok
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