12 days in New York State Itinerary

12 days in New York State Itinerary

Created using Inspirock New York State trip planner

Make it your trip
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Alexandria Bay
— 1 night
Drive
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Lake George
— 2 nights
Drive
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Cooperstown
— 1 night
Drive
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Watkins Glen
— 2 nights
Drive
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Niagara Falls
— 2 nights
Fly
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Queens
— 3 nights
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Alexandria Bay

— 1 night
Alexandria Bay is a village in Jefferson County, New York, United States. Kick off your visit on the 24th (Fri): step off the mainland to explore Wellesley Island, then sample the fine beverages at Dark Island Spirits Distillery & Winery, then get engrossed in the history at Boldt Castle and Yacht House, and finally walk around Rock Island Lighthouse State Park.

For other places to visit, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, use the Alexandria Bay trip itinerary planning website.

San Francisco to Alexandria Bay is an approximately 10.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of subway, train, and car. The time zone difference when traveling from San Francisco to Alexandria Bay is 3 hours. In July, plan for daily highs up to 78°F, and evening lows to 61°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Lake George.

Things to do in Alexandria Bay

Nature · Parks · Museums · Breweries & Distilleries

Side Trip

Lake George

— 2 nights

Queen of the American Lakes

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 (Sat), examine the collection at Patriot of Lake George Museum, brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Lake George Distilling Company, then take an in-depth tour of Lake George Historical Association and Museum, then look for gifts at Wax 'n' Wix, and finally play a few rounds at Gooney Golf. Keep things going the next day: identify plant and animal life at Veterans Memorial Park, stroll around Rogers Memorial Park, and then see what you can catch with a fishing tour.

For more things to do, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Lake George driving holiday tool.

Traveling by car from Alexandria Bay to Lake George takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. In July in Lake George, expect temperatures between 82°F during the day and 60°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sun) early enough to drive to Cooperstown.

Things to do in Lake George

Outdoors · Wildlife · Parks · Tours

Side Trip

Cooperstown

— 1 night

Village of Cooperstown

Best known as the home of the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum, Cooperstown embraces Americana.
On the 27th (Mon), do a tasting at Bear Pond WInery and then examine the collection at National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum.

For ratings, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Cooperstown road trip planning site.

Drive from Lake George to Cooperstown in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In July, plan for daily highs up to 80°F, and evening lows to 60°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Watkins Glen.

Things to do in Cooperstown

Museums · Wineries

Side Trip

Watkins Glen

— 2 nights
Watkins Glen is a village in Schuyler County, New York, United States. Start off your visit on the 28th (Tue): learn about winemaking at Ravines Wine Cellars - Keuka Lake, do a tasting at Pleasant Valley Wine Company, take an in-depth tour of Finger Lakes Boating Museum, then do a tasting at Weis Vineyards, then learn about winemaking at Lime Berry Winery, and finally learn about winemaking at Domaine Leseurre Winery. Keep things going the next day: learn about winemaking at Castel Grisch, then do a tasting at J.R. Dill Winery, then do a tasting at Damiani Wine Cellars, and finally learn about winemaking at Chateau Lafayette Reneau.

For traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Watkins Glen online sightseeing planner.

Drive from Cooperstown to Watkins Glen in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 83°F in July, and nighttime lows around 59°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Niagara Falls.

Things to do in Watkins Glen

Wineries · Museums

Side Trips

Niagara Falls

— 2 nights

Honeymoon Capital of the World

The city of Niagara Falls houses the U.S.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Thu): try your luck at Seneca Buffalo Creek Casino, then admire the landmark architecture of Frank Lloyd Wright's Martin House, and then make a trip to Canalside. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 31st (Fri): enjoy breathtaking views from Niagara Falls Observation Tower, then explore the fascinating underground world of Cave of the Winds, and then get a new perspective on things with Maid of the Mist.

To find traveler tips and tourist information, refer to the Niagara Falls journey maker website.

Traveling by car from Watkins Glen to Niagara Falls takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, bus, and train; or take a bus. In July, daytime highs in Niagara Falls are 81°F, while nighttime lows are 63°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Fri) early enough to travel to Queens.

Things to do in Niagara Falls

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks · Outdoors

Side Trip

Queens

— 3 nights
Queens is the easternmost and largest in area of the five boroughs of New York City. You've now added Alitalia Lounge JFK Airport to your itinerary. On the 1st (Sat), relax before your flight at Alitalia Lounge JFK Airport, wander the streets of Dumbo, then get some thrills on the water with a speed boat tour, and finally examine the collection at Museum of the Moving Image. Keep things going the next day: walk around Flushing Meadows Corona Park, then walk around Gantry Plaza State Park, then sample the tasty concoctions at Rockaway Brewing Company, and finally get great views at Astoria Park.

For where to stay, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Queens trip maker tool.

You can fly from Niagara Falls to Queens in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Queens when traveling from Niagara Falls in July, with lows around 70°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 3rd (Mon) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Queens

Parks · Outdoors · Museums · Beaches

Side Trips

New York State travel guide

4.5
Observation Decks · Scenic Walking Areas · Monuments
The Empire State
Home to the country's most populous city, the state of New York is a major gateway for immigration into the United States, but also one of the nation's prime holiday destinations. Take a trip down the state's numerous wilderness trails and scenic roads to visit quaint small towns, sandy beaches, historical estates, and artist colonies. Though the majority of visitors head for the big-city restaurants, theaters, and museums, you can venture deeper into the rugged and remote mountain areas to discover a world of picturesque forests, rivers, mountains, and lakes. New York also boasts the nation's largest forest preserve, encompassing much of the northeastern lobe of the state.