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Big Apple Favorite Vacation Spot for New Yorkers, Poll

By Tom Liddy | July 3, 2011 2:42pm

By Tom Liddy

DNAinfo News Editor

MANHATTAN — New Yorkers are sweet on the Big Apple.

A new Quinnipiac study finds that the city is the most popular vacation destination in the state, with 21 percent of those surveyed saying they like to kick back in the City that Never Sleeps.

That beats out going to state parks, amusement parks, the beach and even Niagara Falls, which only 7 percent of respondents favored.

Taking a jaunt to the city is most popular among those in the suburbs, with 30 percent of the 1,317 registered voters surveyed responding in favor.

Going to the city is slightly more popular among Democrats than Republicans, 24-19 percent, who instead prefer upstate destinations.

But nearly all New Yorkers — 90 percent — are in agreement that the state is a "very good" or "good" vacation destination.

"Almost two-thirds of New Yorkers are going to spend at least some of their vacation in the state," said Maurice Carroll, the director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute.

"The Big Apple and the sandy beaches of Long Island are the big destinations."

New Yorkers are pretty evenly split between the importance of historical/cultural and family activities and relaxing while on vacation, the poll found, with about 25 percent each.

And it's a wonder that New Yorkers go anywhere else with 95 percent saying that the state is either a "very good" or "fairly good" vacation destination.