The greatest city in the world. Endless opportunities for entertainment, culture, and dining. Times Square, Broadway, Statue of Liberty, Central Park, Madison Square Garden... we could go on.
While outsiders tend to think about New York (state) in terms of NYC, the state is much more than just the city. Outdoor enthusiasts enjoy the Adironbacks and the Catskills, as well as some incredible state parks.
Speaking of nature, the state of New York offers a diverse range of bodies of water. While the southeastern tip (NYC) touches on the Atlantic, the state offers an impressive amount of lake access. New York is one of three states (Wisconsin and Michigan) that reach at least two great lakes with Lakes Ontario and Erie. Other great getaway options include the Finger Lakes, Lake Placid, and Lake George.
One of the most visited waterfalls in the world, Niagara is one of the few that sits on the border of two countries (US and Canada). Fun fact - the first person to go over the falls in a barrel (and live to talk about it) was 63-year-old school teacher Annie Edison Taylor. 15 people followed her in the next 100 years. 10 of them survived.