13 days in New York State Itinerary

13 days in New York State Itinerary

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13 days in New York State Itinerary

Start: San Francisco
Fly + Bus:  10​h 15​min
1
Niagara Falls
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
2
Alexandria Bay
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 30​min
3
Cooperstown
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
4
Lake George
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 45​min
5
Hyde Park
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
6
New York City
— 5 nights
Bus + Fly:  8​h 45​min
End: San Francisco

2
nights
Niagara Falls

Niagara Falls ©
The city of Niagara Falls houses the U.S.
Take a break from the city and head to Cave of the Winds and Niagara Falls. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Frank Lloyd Wright's Darwin D. Martin House Complex and Our Lady of Victory Basilica. Change things up with a short trip to Buffalo & Erie County Naval and Military Park in Buffalo (about 30 minutes away). And it doesn't end there: get outside with Niagara Jet Adventures, hike along Niagara Gorge Trail, take in the dramatic scenery at Bridal Veil Falls, and examine the collection at Niagara Falls Discovery Center.

For where to stay, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Niagara Falls online route maker .

San Francisco to Niagara Falls is an approximately 10.5-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or drive. The time zone changes from Pacific Standard Time to Eastern Standard Time, which is usually a 3 hour difference. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from San Francisco in July: high temperatures in Niagara Falls hover around 81°F and lows are around 63°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Alexandria Bay.

Things to do in Niagara Falls

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Buffalo, Niagara Jet Adventures, Our Lady of Victory Basilica
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Cave of the Winds ©
Cave of the Winds
Niagara Falls ©
Niagara Falls

1
night
Alexandria Bay

Alexandria Bay ©
Alexandria Bay is a village in Jefferson County, New York, United States. Start off your visit on the 12th (Fri): see the interesting displays at Antique Boat Museum, look for gifts at 1000 Islands River Rat Cheese, look for all kinds of wild species at Zenda Farms Preserve, then get engrossed in the history at Boldt Castle and Yacht House, and finally see the interesting displays at Boldt Yacht House.

To find traveler tips, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Alexandria Bay sightseeing planning site .

Drive from Niagara Falls to Alexandria Bay in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, flight, and car; or do a combination of train and car. In July in Alexandria Bay, expect temperatures between 78°F during the day and 61°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Cooperstown.

Things to do in Alexandria Bay

Museums Parks Nature

Side Trip

Clayton
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Boldt Castle and Yacht House ©
Boldt Castle and Yacht House
Antique Boat Museum ©
Antique Boat Museum
Zenda Farms Preserve ©
Zenda Farms Preserve

1
night
Cooperstown

Cooperstown ©
Best known as the home of the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum, Cooperstown embraces Americana.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Sat): see the interesting displays at National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum, admire the masterpieces at Fenimore Art Museum, and then do a tasting at Fly Creek Cider Mill & Orchard.

To see maps, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Cooperstown trip planner .

Traveling by car from Alexandria Bay to Cooperstown takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. In July, daytime highs in Cooperstown are 80°F, while nighttime lows are 60°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Lake George.

Things to do in Cooperstown

Museums Wineries

Side Trip

Fly Creek Cider Mill & Orchard
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Fenimore Art Museum ©
Fenimore Art Museum
Fly Creek Cider Mill & Orchard ©
Fly Creek Cider Mill & Orchard

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.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Sun): explore the activities along Lake George, take in the awesome beauty at Prospect Mountain, and then examine the collection at Patriot of Lake George Museum.

For other places to visit, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, read Lake George online vacation planner .

You can drive from Cooperstown to Lake George in 2.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and train; or take a 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 14th (Sun) early enough to drive to Hyde Park.

Things to do in Lake George

Nature Parks Wildlife
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Lake George ©
Lake George
Prospect Mountain ©
Prospect Mountain

1
night
Hyde Park

Hyde Park ©
Hyde Park is a town in Dutchess County, New York, bordering the Hudson River north of Poughkeepsie. Start off your visit on the 15th (Mon): contemplate the long history of Vanderbilt Mansion National Historic Site, then steep yourself in history at Home of Franklin D. Roosevelt, and then contemplate the long history of Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum.

For maps, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Hyde Park online trip planner .

Traveling by car from Lake George to Hyde Park takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect a daytime high around 85°F in July, and nighttime lows around 64°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to New York City.

Things to do in Hyde Park

Historic Sites Museums
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5
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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like 9/11 Memorial and New York City Hall. Shop till you drop at Fifth Avenue and West Village. And it doesn't end there: browse the exhibits of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, contemplate the long history of Ellis Island, learn more about the world around you at American Museum of Natural History, and enjoy breathtaking views from Empire State Building.

To see other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, use the New York City visit planner .

You can drive from Hyde Park to New York City in 2 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. Expect a bit warmer evenings in New York City when traveling from Hyde Park in July, with lows around 72°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in New York City

Museums Parks Historic Sites
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The Metropolitan Museum of Art ©
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
9/11 Memorial ©
9/11 Memorial
New York Public Library ©
New York Public Library

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