New Yorkers Short Tours

It appears that Americans are not good long distance travellers; one of the reasons they give for not exploring the world much outside of North America and the Caribbean is that they don’t like taking long distance flights. Other nationalities seem to manage them quite well, but Americans are wusses when it comes to experiencing something they don’t really know.

Now, one of the excuses some Americans are making for staying close to home is that the price of fuel is too high.

The New York State Department of Tourism has taken on board the cost of fuel, and has, very cleverly, targeted New Yorkers with tour options that require no more than one full tank of fuel.

Called the `More Smiles Per Gallon’ campaign it promises just what travellers are looking for: amazing and affordable vacations in their own backyards on just a single tank of gas!

The campaign suggests 15 state-wide adventures, including two terrific excursions through New York’s romantic and historic Long Island region. Some of the suggested itineraries include:
The North Fork Trail scenic byway runs from Riverhead to Orient Point through vineyards and farmland. On the South Fork, the Hamptons were named the ultimate summer playground by Conde Nast Traveler. Combining picturesque scenery with great attractions and close proximity to New York City, this 118-mile-long island offers a very cool getaway. By visiting, you’ll discover two suggested itineraries which include some of the Island’s favourite stops.

Trip Highlights of the Western Long Island Route are:

Maritime Heritage – Learn about Long Island’s rich seafaring heritage in King’s Point at the US Merchant Marine Academy. The museum features fascinating collections of ship models, paintings, and nautical instruments and artefacts from Colonial times to WW II and beyond. It also houses the National Maritime Hall of Fame, which honours America’s naval heroes and great ships.

Oyster Bay Opulence – In Oyster Bay, walk amid splendid gardens and wooded paths at Planting Fields Arboretum, a 409-acre Gold Coast estate. Take a guided tour of Coe Hall, the estate’s 65-room Tudor mansion. While in Oyster Bay, visit Sagamore Hill where President Theodore Roosevelt raised his family and which also served as his Summer White House.

A Whale of a Time! – Discover Long Island’s whaling and maritime history, as well as contemporary conservation efforts, in Cold Spring at the Cold Spring Harbor Whaling Museum. Exhibits include whaling artefacts, paintings and beautiful works of scrimshaw, a traditional art form popularized by 19th-century seafarers.

By the Seashore – Beautiful white-sand beaches, high dunes, ancient maritime forests, historic landmarks and glimpses of wildlife await you at Fire Island National Seashore in Patchogue. The Fire Island Lighthouse area, adjacent to Robert Moses State Park, has exhibits, a nature trail, and family-friendly programs.

Marine Heritage and Much More – Just south of Patchogue, stroll, shop and dine in the quaint port town of Sayville, which also connects to Fire Island by ferry, then explore the Long Island Maritime Museum in West Sayville, where annual events include seafood festivals and antique and classic car shows.

The “Good Old Days” – At the Old Bethpage Village Restoration experience Long Island life as it was in the mid-1800s. As you stroll amid restored homes, shops and farms, chat with costumed townspeople who demonstrate skills like sheep shearing, hat making and churning butter. There are also battle re-enactments, concerts and family programs.

Opulence and Entertainment in Westbury – Tour the opulent Charles II-style mansion and explore 200 magnificent acres of formal gardens, landscaped grounds, woodlands, ponds and lakes at Old Westbury Gardens in Westbury. You can also enjoy events such as concerts and family programs.

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