Themes

You don't have to be a historian to appreciate New York State's rich heritage. The 13 Path Through History themes help you find the destinations that inspire you, so you can discover attractions according to your own personal interests.

Along the Arts & Culture Path Through History, you'll discover the New York artists, writers and performers who have always been at the forefront of American culture, like Lucille Ball, Walt Whitman, Louis Armstrong and Thomas Cole. In addition to being the home of pioneering artists, New York State has long been a champion of the arts. One of the United States' oldest public arts institutions, the Buffalo Fine Arts Academy, operators of the Albright-Knox Arts Gallery, was founded in December 1862, ranking it among the nation's oldest public arts institutions.

Explore New York's Colonial History along the Path, with stops at museums and historic homes. At many destinations, such as the Genesee Country Village and Museum (one of the largest living history museums in the United States), costumed guides are on hand to help visitors learn more about our nation's earliest struggles to forge a uniquely American identity. Nature lovers following the Path's Natural History theme will fall in love with New York's spectacular landscapes and scenic beauty, from the Hudson Valley to Niagara Falls.

Six New Yorkers have become President of the United States and history buffs can experience presidential history here like nowhere else.  You'll find a wealth of Presidential history along the Path, from Long Island to Buffalo, like the Franklin D. Roosevelt Library and Museum in Hyde Park, the first presidential library, and the only one used by its namesake while in office.

These are but a few of the Path Through History's 13 distinct themes. Forge your own Path Through History today.

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Plan your own Path Through History by choosing the theme you want to explore or add the theme to your trip builder. Click the Create Your Trip button to see your results and start building your itinerary!