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With fall coming to an end and the winter season underway, many people are thinking about travel for this winter and beyond. There is still time to plan a winter escape, and this is the perfect time to start planning travel for 2023. Whether you’re looking to plan a family trip around school vacation, travel to spend time with loved ones, or simply just want to skip the snow with a beach break, we are here to help plan your next amazing travel experience!

9 New York Sights Outside of NYC
When you mention New York, most people will typically think you're referring to the city. However, there is much more to the state than its large metropolis. New York has played a significant role in American history, and throughout New York, you'll find historical landmarks, along with beautiful landscapes, and much more. So to encourage you to think bigger than the confines of New York City, here is a list of places outside of the city that are worth a visit.
Adirondack Mountain Region
The Adirondacks spread out across six million acres. It is one of the world's greatest protected wilderness regions. Lake George, Lake Placid, Pok-O-Moonshine Mountain, Moss Cliffs, Keene Valley, Rogers Rock, and Wallface are all popular tourist spots.
Hudson Valley
The Hudson Valley region is known for throwing exciting county festivals and fairs, and they are fun for all ages. While many are held periodically throughout each year, the Hudson Valley Garlic Festival is one you must check out.
Catskills Region
The Catskills bring forth a ton of opportunities for adventure. In the winter months, you can ski, snowboard, and go snowmobiling. In contrast, the warmer weather months allow travelers and natives to enjoy hiking, swimming, camping, fishing, golfing, and more. Many of the lodges even have spas, luxurious restaurants, and pools.
Finger Lakes Region
There are nearly 100 vineyards and wineries in the Finger Lakes region spreading across 11 lakes and 14 counties. There are a lot of quaint villages with bed and breakfasts to stay at, or you can choose to stay at a resort for a little pampering.
Buffalo & Niagara Falls
Not only is this where Niagara Falls is located, but it’s a place for some fun and gambling. Sports fans, families, and nearly everyone will find something to do, whether it's hitting up a casino, taking a boat ride near the falls, going to a game, or wandering around the zoo.
Albany & Saratoga Springs
Albany is the state capital. The churches and historic homes are beautiful here. Going on a river cruise is the most excellent way to see the capital and all of its stunning architecture. After Albany, head to Saratoga Springs to soak in healing spring water, catch a horse race, or see a live ballet performance.
Thousand Island Region
The Thousand Island region is perfect for all water lovers. There is so much to do, including swimming, cruising, jetskiing, floatplane rides, and more. The seafood restaurants in the area are also worth checking out since it comes straight out of the water.
Sightly architecture, college sports, and a great art scene make up the City of Syracuse. This smaller city has become a thriving tourist destination. Anyone who loves college sports, jazz and blues, or golf, should make their way to this artsy little city.

Ithaca is another college town full of flair. Check out the town's many hiking trails, art theaters, and of course, delicious food. Make sure you also wander through many of the city parks to take in all of the natural beauty.
When to Visit NYC
Really any time is a great time to visit the Big Apple. Every season offers something to explore in this magical city. Summer is hot, but hey, it’s summer! Fall brings crisp breezes and comfortable temperatures. Plan a late fall trip and you can enjoy the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade and holiday decorations. Winter is cold, but there are still many memorable outdoor experiences to be had, like ice skating in Central Park. Spring is absolutely lovely and locals celebrate the warmer weather by shopping at outdoor markets and dining al fresco.  
Can you smile in a passport photo?
 Did you know the U.S. is the only country in the world that allows smiling in a passport photo? Though not ideal, smiling is allowed as long as both of your eyes are open and your mouth is closed, according to the Department of State.
But why shouldn’t you smile? When your passport and your face are scanned at the airport, facial recognition software compares the two using precise measurements of your facial features. A smile can make it difficult for customs officers and the facial recognition software to identify you. This can lead to delays, missing your flight, or being declined to board a plane. Something to think about next time you renew your passport!
Instead of piling up your cart with things you don’t need this year, fill your calendar with experiences you’ll never forget. Live once-in-a-lifetime moments on your next vacation, find spontaneous weekend fun, or explore the highlights in your backyard. Now’s the time to book ahead — who needs more stuff when you can experience something unforgettable? Contact us today to get started!

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Anita Bornemann, Owner
Professional Travel Service, Inc.

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