15 days in Niagara Falls, Watkins Glen & North Carolina Itinerary

15 days in Niagara Falls, Watkins Glen & North Carolina Itinerary

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15 days in Niagara Falls, Watkins Glen & North Carolina Itinerary

Start: York
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  20​h 45​min
1
Niagara Falls
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
2
Watkins Glen
— 4 nights
Fly + Drive:  6​h 30​min
3
Nags Head
— 2 nights
Drive:  15​min
4
Manteo, Roanoke Island
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 15​min
5
Ocracoke
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
6
Atlantic Beach
— 2 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  22​h 15​min
End: York

2
nights
Niagara Falls

Niagara Falls ©
The city of Niagara Falls houses the U.S.
Get some historical perspective at Old Fort Niagara and Frank Lloyd Wright's Martin House Complex. Discover out-of-the-way places like Bridal Veil Falls and Three Sisters Island. Next up on the itinerary: Head underground at Cave of the Winds, admire the majestic nature at Whirlpool State Park, and take in the dramatic scenery at Niagara Falls.

For more things to do, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, go to the Niagara Falls trip builder tool .

York, UK to Niagara Falls is an approximately 21-hour flight. Traveling from York to Niagara Falls, you'll gain 5 hours due to the time zone difference. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from York in July: high temperatures in Niagara Falls hover around 32°C and lows are around 19°C. On the 24th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Watkins Glen.

Things to do in Niagara Falls

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Frank Lloyd Wright's Darwin D. Martin House Complex, Old Fort Niagara
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Cave of the Winds ©
Cave of the Winds
Bridal Veil Falls ©
Bridal Veil Falls
Whirlpool State Park ©
Whirlpool State Park

4
nights
Watkins Glen

Watkins Glen ©
Watkins Glen is a village in Schuyler County, New York, United States. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Skaneateles Lake and Lively Run Dairy. Get outdoors at Seneca Lake Wine Trail and Robert Treman State Park. Explore Watkins Glen's surroundings by going to Taughannock Falls State Park (in Trumansburg), Sonnenberg Gardens & Mansion State Historic Park (in Canandaigua) and Anthony Road Wine Company (in Penn Yan). The adventure continues: immerse yourself in nature at Watkins Glen State Park.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Watkins Glen road trip site .

Traveling by car from Niagara Falls to Watkins Glen takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, bus, and taxi; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Traveling from Niagara Falls in July, Watkins Glen is slightly colder at night with lows of 16°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) early enough to travel to Nags Head.

Things to do in Watkins Glen

Parks Nature Scenic Drive

Side Trips

Sonnenberg Gardens & Mansion State Historic Park, Anthony Road Wine Company, Robert Treman State Park, Taughannock Falls State Park, Lively Run Dairy
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Watkins Glen State Park ©
Watkins Glen State Park
Seneca Lake Wine Trail ©
Seneca Lake Wine Trail

2
nights
Nags Head

Most visitors take a trip to Nags Head to enjoy the beach, but this Outer Banks town offers more than just waterside entertainment.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Sat): fly like a bird with a parasailing or paragliding tour.

For where to stay, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Nags Head online travel route planner .

Traveling by combination of taxi, flight, and car from Watkins Glen to Nags Head takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi, bus, train, and car. Traveling from Watkins Glen in July, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 27°C in Nags Head. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) early enough to drive to Manteo.

Things to do in Nags Head

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trip

Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge
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Parasailing & Paragliding
Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge ©
Mutiny Bay Adventure Golf ©
Mutiny Bay Adventure Golf

1
night
Manteo, Roanoke Island

Manteo ©
Manteo is a town in Dare County, North Carolina, United States, located on Roanoke Island. Kick off your visit on the 30th (Mon): admire nature's wide array of creatures at North Carolina Aquarium on Roanoke Island, then get engrossed in the history at Roanoke Island Festival Park, and then identify plant and animal life at Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, read Manteo trip planner .

Manteo is just a short distance from Nags Head. In July in Manteo, expect temperatures between 35°C during the day and 27°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Tue) early enough to travel to Ocracoke.

Things to do in Manteo

Parks Wildlife Zoos & Aquariums
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1
night
Ocracoke

Ocracoke ©
Ocracoke is a census-designated place (CDP) and unincorporated town located at the southern end of Ocracoke Island, located entirely within Hyde County, North Carolina. On the 31st (Tue), steep yourself in history at British Cemetery and then see a world frozen in time at Portsmouth Village.

To see reviews, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Ocracoke day trip planning app .

Do a combination of car and ferry from Manteo to Ocracoke in 4.5 hours. In July, daily temperatures in Ocracoke can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 27°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Wed) so you can travel to Atlantic Beach.

Things to do in Ocracoke

Historic Sites Parks Outdoors
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British Cemetery ©
British Cemetery
Ocracoke Lifeguarded Beach ©
Ocracoke Lifeguarded Beach
Ocracoke Lighthouse ©
Ocracoke Lighthouse

2
nights
Atlantic Beach

Atlantic Beach ©
Atlantic Beach is a town in Carteret County, North Carolina, United States. Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Thu): immerse yourself in nature at Fort Macon, immerse yourself in nature at Fort Macon State Park, and then take in the waterfront at Oceanana Pier & Pier House Restaurant. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: identify plant and animal life at Shackleford Banks and then admire nature's wide array of creatures at North Carolina Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores.

To see photos, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Atlantic Beach trip planner .

You can drive from Ocracoke to Atlantic Beach in 4 hours. In August, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 27°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Atlantic Beach

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Shackleford Banks, North Carolina Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores
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Shackleford Banks ©
Shackleford Banks
Fort Macon State Park ©
Fort Macon State Park

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