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Call or write the New York State Division of Tourism, P.O. Box 2603, Albany, NY 12220-0603 (tel. 800/CALL-NYS or 518/474-4116; www.iloveny.com), for a stack of free brochures, including the informative I Love New York Travel Guide, the Official NYC Guide, and pamphlets about seasonal events. They even throw in a free state map that's just as useful as any for which you'd pay $5 at the gas station. You can also download state and regional maps from its website. While on the road, you can pick up brochures at one of the state's information centers. Call the toll-free number above or check the I Love New York Travel Guide for the locations along your route. For regional tourist offices and websites, see the listings in destination chapters later in this book.

If you're planning a tour of the great outdoors, contact the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation, Albany, NY 12238 (tel. 518/474-0456, or 518/486-1899 for hearing- or speech-impaired callers; www.nysparks.state.ny.us), to request a free brochure, order admission passes, or find out about camping, hiking, and a host of other activities within the state's parks and historic sites. To reserve a campsite or other accommodations, book online or call tel. 800/456-2267.

Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.