15 days in Niagara Falls, Watkins Glen & New York City Itinerary

15 days in Niagara Falls, Watkins Glen & New York City Itinerary

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15 days in Niagara Falls, Watkins Glen & New York City Itinerary

Start: Chicago
Fly + bus:  4​h 45​min
1
Niagara Falls
— 6 nights
Drive:  3​h
2
Watkins Glen
— 2 nights
Fly + bus:  3​h 45​min
3
New York City
— 6 nights
bus + Fly:  4​h 45​min
End: Chicago

6
nights
Niagara Falls

Niagara Falls ©
The city of Niagara Falls houses the U.S.
Escape the urban bustle at Cave of the Winds and Devil's Hole State Park. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Niagara Falls and Allegany State Park. Get out of town with these interesting Niagara Falls side-trips: Eternal Flame Falls (in Orchard Park), Genesee Country Village & Museum (in Mumford) and Glen Falls (in Williamsville). Next up on the itinerary: take in panoramic vistas at Niagara Falls Observation Tower, immerse yourself in nature at Whirlpool State Park, engage your brain at Niagara Aerospace Museum, and trek along Niagara Gorge Trail.

To find photos, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, read Niagara Falls trip planning app .

Chicago to Niagara Falls is an approximately 5-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Traveling from Chicago to Niagara Falls, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Chicago in August, expect a bit cooler with lows of 61°F in Niagara Falls. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sun) so you can drive to Watkins Glen.

Things to do in Niagara Falls

Parks Nature Trails

Side Trips

Genesee Country Village & Museum, Allegany State Park, Glen Falls, Eternal Flame Falls, Tillman Road Wildlife Management Area
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Niagara Falls ©
Niagara Falls
Cave of the Winds ©
Cave of the Winds
Genesee Country Village & Museum ©
Genesee Country Village & Museum

2
nights
Watkins Glen

Watkins Glen ©
Watkins Glen is a village in Schuyler County, New York, United States. On the 26th (Mon), sample the tasty concoctions at Rooster Fish Brewing Tasting Room & Beer Garden, explore and take pictures at Seneca Lake Wine Trail, then get engrossed in the history at International Motor Racing Research Center, then learn about winemaking at McGregor Vineyard, and finally do a tasting at Castel Grisch. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire the majestic nature at Watkins Glen State Park, then trek along Cascadilla Gorge Trail, then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Stewart Park, and finally explore and take pictures at Lively Run Dairy.

For more things to do, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Watkins Glen trip itinerary builder tool .

You can drive from Niagara Falls to Watkins Glen in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. Traveling from Niagara Falls in August, plan for a bit cooler nights in Watkins Glen, with lows around 56°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Tue) to allow time to travel to New York City.

Things to do in Watkins Glen

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Ithaca, Lively Run Dairy, McGregor Vineyard
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Watkins Glen State Park ©
Watkins Glen State Park
Stewart Park ©
Stewart Park
Seneca Lake Wine Trail ©
Seneca Lake Wine Trail

6
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.
Attractions like The Metropolitan Museum of Art and Pocono Snake and Animal Farm make great kid-friendly stops. Discover out-of-the-way places like Speed Boats Tours and Edwin B. Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge. Explore New York City's surroundings by going to Bushkill Falls (in Bushkill), Shawangunk Grasslands National Wildlife Refuge (in Wallkill) and Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum (in Hyde Park). The adventure continues: let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour, admire the striking features of Empire State Building, see the interesting displays at New York Public Library, and get interesting insight from Tours.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, read our New York City online day trip planner .

Getting from Watkins Glen to New York City by combination of flight and bus takes about 4 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Watkins Glen in August, plan for a bit warmer nights in New York City, with lows around 71°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in New York City

Parks Museums Wildlife

Side Trips

Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum, Bushkill Falls, Edwin B. Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge, Shawangunk Grasslands National Wildlife Refuge, Pocono Snake and Animal Farm
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Central Park ©
Central Park
Bushkill Falls ©
Bushkill Falls

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