10 days in Boston & New York State Itinerary

10 days in Boston & New York State Itinerary

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10 days in Boston & New York State Itinerary

Start: San Francisco
Fly:  7​h 15​min
1
Boston
— 3 nights
Fly + bus:  3​h 15​min
2
New York City
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
3
Great River
— 1 night
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  4​h 45​min
4
Niagara Falls
— 1 night
bus + Fly:  10​h
End: San Francisco

3
nights
Boston

Boston ©
Rich in museums, restaurants, shops, and historical sites, Boston attracts over 16 million visitors each year. New England's largest and most influential city, Boston ranks among the world's major centers of education and culture.
On the 16th (Tue), look for all kinds of wild species at Blue Hills Reservation and then enjoy the sand and surf at Nantasket Beach. Keep things going the next day: look for gifts at Brookline Booksmith, immerse yourself in nature at Walden Pond State Reservation, and then admire the masterpieces at Museum of Fine Arts.

For traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, read our Boston travel route planning tool .

San Francisco to Boston is an approximately 7.5-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also do a combination of train, flight, and bus; or drive. The time zone changes from Pacific Standard Time to Eastern Standard Time, which is usually a 3 hour difference. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from San Francisco in October, with highs in Boston at 64°F and lows at 50°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Thu) to allow time to travel to New York City.

Things to do in Boston

Parks Outdoors Museums

Side Trips

Nantasket Beach, Walden Pond State Reservation, Blue Hills Reservation, Brookline Booksmith
Highlights from your plan
Blue Hills Reservation ©
Blue Hills Reservation
Museum of Fine Arts ©
Museum of Fine Arts
Walden Pond State Reservation ©
Walden Pond State Reservation

4
nights
New York City

New York City ©
Writer Pearl Buck once called New York City “a place apart,” and this giant urban center remains unlike any other in the world.
Take a break from the city and head to Narwhal Yacht Charters and Hamilton Grange National Memorial. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like 9/11 Memorial and Ellis Island. Next up on the itinerary: admire the masterpieces at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, take in the pleasant sights at Central Park, take a stroll through Fifth Avenue, and make a trip to Times Square.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our New York City trip planning app .

Getting from Boston to New York City by combination of bus and flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Boston in October: high temperatures in New York City hover around 70°F and lows are around 57°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Mon) early enough to travel to Great River.

Things to do in New York City

Museums Parks Historic Sites
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9/11 Memorial ©
9/11 Memorial
The Metropolitan Museum of Art ©
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
American Museum of Natural History ©
American Museum of Natural History

1
night
Great River

Great River ©
Great River, New York is a suburban hamlet and CDP in the Town of Islip, Suffolk, USA situated approximately (55 mi driving) east of NYC on South Shore of L.I., adjoining the Great South Bay, protected from the Atlantic Ocean by Fire Island.Great River's name derives from Connetquot, an Algonquian word for "Great River." Prior to the 1900s Great River was primarily home to wealthy families on mansion estates. To see more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Great River trip builder app .

You can drive from New York City to Great River in 1.5 hours. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from New York City in October: high temperatures in Great River hover around 64°F and lows are around 47°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 23rd (Tue) to allow time for travel to Niagara Falls.

Things to do in Great River

Parks Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Bayard Cutting Arboretum ©
Bayard Cutting Arboretum

1
night
Niagara Falls

Niagara Falls ©
The city of Niagara Falls houses the U.S.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Wed): Head underground at Cave of the Winds and then admire the sheer force of Niagara Falls.

To see photos, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Niagara Falls online day trip planner .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Great River to Niagara Falls. While traveling from Great River, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in Niagara Falls, ranging from highs of 59°F to lows of 43°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Wed) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Niagara Falls

Nature Parks
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Cave of the Winds ©
Cave of the Winds
Niagara Falls ©
Niagara Falls