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Known as the Empire State, New York is a large state with much to offer that can easily be explored by car. Its popular and influential city, New York City, is filled with museums, theatres and top notch shopping and is one of the most visited cities in the world. The state capital, Albany, is surrounded by wineries, valleys and farmland, while the rest of the state offers mountains, lakes and forests. The state is also home to the magnificent Niagara Falls, easy to visit with car hire in New York.
Major suppliers such as Budget, Hertz and Alamo have offices in all major cities and airports throughout the state, including Albany, Buffalo, Rochester, Syracuse and New York City. This makes arranging a car simple no matter where you arrive. Compare car hire ahead of time to grab the best rates.
John F Kennedy Airport and La Guardia Airport are the largest and busiest in the state, serving the New York City area, with flights coming in from all over the world. Numerous other domestic airports are scattered throughout New York including Buffalo Niagara Airport, Greater Rochester Airport and Albany Airport, which is six miles from the state capital. There are also plenty of trains that stop in Albany, Buffalo and New York City. The I-90 runs across the state from west to east, while the I-87 cuts through it from north to south.
In the state of New York, like in the rest of the country, they drive on the right. Driving is the most convenient way to tour New York and explore all areas of the large state. The I-90 and I-87 both cut through the state and have a speed limit of 65mph, while rural routes have a posted limit of 55mph.
From Albany it is easy to explore the rest of the state with car rental in New York. Drive to Syracuse to go to the New York State Fair or relax in the spa city of Sarasota Springs. Go boating, swimming or water-skiing at Lake George, or head to Darien Lake to ride a roller coaster. Niagara Falls is a must-see for all, with neighbouring Buffalo an ideal spot for bargain shopping. To experience the more upscale and upbeat part of the state don’t miss New York City.
The northern part of the state is known for its cold winters, while along the Atlantic coast it can seem tropical in comparison. Summers are hot and humid and temperatures can soar to as high as 30°C in the capital. The spring sees much rainfall and it can be quite depressing, while September is perfect for seeing the leaves change colour and for exploring the mountains and valleys.