The calendar finally says it's summertime, which means it's arguably the best time of the year for New York State, although, autumn is also outstanding for this region, especially late September through most of October.

Many visitors who come to New York for the first time are almost surprised by how much countryside and farmland there is here. They hear " New York" and automatically think of a big city vibe.

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Yes, we have big cities, but most of this state is in fact just like most other states, with gorgeous country and views of the water; The Great Lakes, Finger Lakes, etc.

However, most people who come to New York State, usually visit for one reason, and that is to visit New York City.

New York City is the largest city in the United States. It's absolutely massive and is the focus on tourists and Hollywood, since so many movies and TV shows are either filmed and/or set there.

New York City has a glamorous reputation and while it's a fantastic place to visit (everyone should go there at least once), it's not exactly the most fruitful place to live.

Not because of the sports teams, food and culture, but because of the everyday chores that must be done with logistic nightmares.

New York City is massive, which means it has a very large population. Gridlock traffic is horrific. It takes a ton of time to go from one part of the city to another if you're driving. Many who work in New York City, commute from Long Island or Pennsylvania or New Jersey, just to avoid living there.

Walking is popular, but again, foot traffic is extremely congested. This is especially not fun in the winter months.

Like most big cities, the smell can be a problem, especially in the heat of the summer. It also can be expensive and of course, the cost of living is astronomically higher than other parts of the state.

New York City has its famous reputation for a reason, but like other big cities, it isn't all sunshine.

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