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    Stretching out from Manhattan, along the Atlantic coast is Long Island,home not least to JFK Airport itself. Just 118 miles long and 20 miles wide you are never far from the beach, golf, family fun and shopping.

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    Whether you choose a barefoot walk on the beach…an adventuresome climb atop a famous lighthouse …an afternoon sampling the latest vintages at a local vineyard, visiting the stately halls and gardens of the Gold Coast mansions, challenging yourself with a round at a championship golf course...or enjoying the many cultural and historic treasures Long Island has it all.

    The Hamptons, especially, are the manicured playground of many of America’s rich and famous. A little bit like Beverly Hills meets New England! The coastal towns that make up the Hamptons are elegant and sophisticated with golf courses, white sand beaches, vineyards, sprawling estates and impressive mansions.

    Make time to explore Gatsby’s Gold Coast of the island where many of the ‘Gold Coast’ mansions immortalised in F. Scott Fitzgerald’s book, “The Great Gatsby” are located and open for visitors to enjoy.

    Many downtown shopping villages on Long Island have rich histories, New England style architecture, waterfront parks and some of the best shopping in New York State.

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      Aside from incredible Manhattan, it's also worth visiting the neighbouring boroughs of Brooklyn, The Bronx, Queens and Staten Island. They have a wealth of different cultures and sights to explore. See the Manhattan skyline from the Promenade in Brooklyn.

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      Take a bicycle tour around Central Park. It's great fun and a wonderful way to see so much of this unique landmark in the heart of Manhattan.

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      The Finger Lakes of upstate New York are beautiful. Tour the 'wine trail' along the coast of Seneca Lake, with over 31 wineries and their enticing tasting rooms. Sample award-winning wine that never goes beyond New York State!

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      The US side of Niagara Falls lies within a state park. Get up close to the thundering water at the Cave of the Winds or cross over the border to Canada for the best vista.

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      The George Eastman House in Rochester is the former home of Kodak’s founder. It now houses the leading museum of photography, set in the historical mansion.

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      Travel north of Manhattan into the Hudson Valley and visit Kykuit, home of the Rockefeller family (it’s closed on Tuesday to allow a day of privacy for the current generation of the family in residence).

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      On the Hudson River is the former home of President Franklin D Roosevelt; take a guided tour and learn why this four-term president was so beloved of the American public.

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      Stony Brook, a small town on Long Island, dates back to the 17th century. Book a horse and carriage ride for a suitably slow-paced tour of this quaint and historical gem.

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      The best beaches are in the Hamptons, they are uncrowded and unspoilt (but car-parking is extortionate!). You can take the Hamptons Jitney bus from Manhattan if you prefer not to drive.

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      Visit the ‘Grand Canyon of the East’ in Letchworth State Park in the western region of New York state. Go biking, hiking and white water rafting in one of eastern USA’s most scenically magnificent areas.

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