11 days in New York State Itinerary

11 days in New York State Itinerary

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11 days in New York State Itinerary

Start: Springfield
Drive:  31​h 30​min
1
New York City
— 3 nights
train:  1​h 15​min
2
Central Valley
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
3
Lake George
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 45​min
4
Watkins Glen
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
5
Niagara Falls
— 2 nights
Fly:  7​h
End: Springfield

3
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.
Bring the kids along to The Metropolitan Museum of Art and Ellis Island. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at St. Patrick's Cathedral and St. Paul's Chapel. Next up on the itinerary: browse the eclectic array of goods at Chelsea Market, take a stroll through Fifth Avenue, take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedral Church of Saint John the Divine, and admire the landmark architecture of Empire State Building.

To see where to stay, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the New York City holiday maker site .

Springfield to New York City is an approximately 7.5-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also do a combination of car and flight; or drive. Traveling from Springfield to New York City, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Springfield in December, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 36°F in New York City. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun) to allow time to take a train to Central Valley.

Things to do in New York City

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods
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Empire State Building ©
Empire State Building
The Metropolitan Museum of Art ©
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
St. Patrick's Cathedral ©
St. Patrick's Cathedral

2
nights
Central Valley

Central Valley ©
Central Valley is a hamlet in Orange County, New York, United States. On the 23rd (Mon), contemplate the long history of Home of Franklin D. Roosevelt and then get some fabulous bargains at Woodbury Common Premium Outlets. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 24th (Tue): contemplate the long history of Vanderbilt Mansion National Historic Site, get your bearings at Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum, then take in the views from Walkway Over the Hudson State Historic Park, and finally look for gifts at Brid's Closet.

For other places to visit, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Central Valley holiday builder site .

Traveling by train from New York City to Central Valley takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from New York City in December, expect Central Valley to be little chillier, temps between 41°F and 27°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) so you can drive to Lake George.

Things to do in Central Valley

Shopping Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Hyde Park, Brid's Closet, Walkway Over the Hudson State Historic Park
Highlights from your plan

1
night
Lake George

Lake George ©
A playground for America’s wealthy families, Lake George was nicknamed "Queen of the American Lakes." While these families often stayed in private country houses, a tourism industry built up around them in the early 20th century facilitated by two YMCAs.
On the 25th (Wed), contemplate the waterfront views at Lake George, then take in the awesome beauty at Prospect Mountain, and then contemplate the long history of Ulysses S. Grant Cottage.

For reviews, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Lake George vacation site .

Getting from Central Valley to Lake George by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of train, flight, and bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In December, Lake George is slightly colder than Central Valley - with highs of 36°F and lows of 21°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Watkins Glen.

Things to do in Lake George

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Ulysses S. Grant Cottage
Highlights from your plan
Lake George ©
Lake George
Prospect Mountain ©
Prospect Mountain
Ulysses S. Grant Cottage ©
Ulysses S. Grant Cottage

1
night
Watkins Glen

Watkins Glen ©
Watkins Glen is a village in Schuyler County, New York, United States. Kick off your visit on the 26th (Thu): admire the majestic nature at Watkins Glen State Park, then immerse yourself in nature at Taughannock Falls State Park, and then do a tasting at Silver Springs Winery L.L.C..

To see maps, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Watkins Glen trip itinerary tool .

You can drive from Lake George to Watkins Glen in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and car; or do a combination of bus and flight. Expect a daytime high around 40°F in December, and nighttime lows around 26°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Niagara Falls.

Things to do in Watkins Glen

Parks Nature Wineries

Side Trips

Silver Springs Winery L.L.C., Taughannock Falls State Park
Highlights from your plan
Watkins Glen State Park ©
Watkins Glen State Park
Taughannock Falls State Park ©
Taughannock Falls State Park
Silver Springs Winery L.L.C. ©
Silver Springs Winery L.L.C.

2
nights
Niagara Falls

Niagara Falls ©
The city of Niagara Falls houses the U.S.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Fri): hike along Niagara Gorge Trail, then explore the fascinating underground world of Cave of the Winds, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Our Lady of Victory Basilica. Here are some ideas for day two: admire the striking features of Frank Lloyd Wright's Darwin D. Martin House Complex, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Mary of the Cataract R. C. Parish, then look for gifts at Three Sisters Trading Post, and finally admire the sheer force of Niagara Falls.

For where to stay, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, use the Niagara Falls holiday planner.

Drive from Watkins Glen to Niagara Falls in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 38°F in December, and nighttime lows around 26°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Niagara Falls

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Frank Lloyd Wright's Darwin D. Martin House Complex, Our Lady of Victory Basilica
Highlights from your plan
Cave of the Winds ©
Cave of the Winds
Niagara Falls ©
Niagara Falls
Our Lady of Victory Basilica ©
Our Lady of Victory Basilica

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