16 days in New York State Itinerary

16 days in New York State Itinerary

Created using Inspirock New York State route maker
Make it your trip
Fly
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New York City
— 4 nights
Drive
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Hyde Park
— 2 nights
Drive
3
Lake George
— 1 night
Drive
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Cooperstown
— 3 nights
Drive
5
Watkins Glen
— 1 night
Drive
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Castile
— 1 night
Drive
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Niagara Falls
— 3 nights
Train to Toronto, Fly to Brussels

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New York City — 4 nights

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 Sleepy Hollow Cemetery and Lyndhurst. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Photography Tours and The Morgan Library & Museum. Change things up with a short trip to Kykuit in Sleepy Hollow (about 50 minutes away). There's much more to do: go for a charming ride with a horse-drawn carriage tour, explore the different monuments and memorials at Green-Wood cemetery, visit Dumbo, and take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Patrick's Old Cathedral.

To find more things to do, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our New York City road trip planning website.

Brussels, Belgium to New York City is an approximately 11.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Central European Standard Time (CET) to Eastern Standard Time (EST), which is usually a -6 hour difference. In October, New York City is somewhat warmer than Brussels - with highs of 24°C and lows of 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Tue) to allow time to drive to Hyde Park.
Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Tours
Side Trips

Hyde Park — 2 nights

Hyde Park is a town in Dutchess County, New York, bordering the Hudson River north of Poughkeepsie. On the 3rd (Wed), take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Breakneck Ridge Loop, then admire the striking features of Manitoga / The Russel Wright Design Center, and then get a taste of the local shopping with Hudson Beach Glass. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 4th (Thu): pause for some serene contemplation at Old Dutch Church, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Karma Triyana Dharmachakra Tibetan Buddhist Monastery, then stroll around Falling Waters Preserve, and finally see the interesting displays at Kingston Uptown Historic District.

For maps, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Hyde Park attractions site.

Getting from New York City to Hyde Park by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. Expect slightly colder evenings in Hyde Park when traveling from New York City in November, with lows around -1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Thu) early enough to drive to Lake George.
Parks · Historic Sites · Museums · Wildlife
Side Trips

Lake George — 1 night

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.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Fri): trek along Buck mountain hiking trail, look for gifts at Wax 'n' Wix, then stroll through Warren County Bikeway, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Feeder Canal Trail.

To find reviews, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Lake George online trip builder.

You can drive from Hyde Park to Lake George in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. While traveling from Hyde Park, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in Lake George, ranging from highs of 10°C to lows of -2°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Fri) so you can go by car to Cooperstown.
Trails · Parks · Outdoors · Historic Sites
Side Trip

Cooperstown — 3 nights

Best known as the home of the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum, Cooperstown embraces Americana.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Indian Burial Mound and Holy Trinity Monastery. Get some cultural insight at Hanford Mills Museum and American Baseball Experience/ Heroes of Baseball Wax Museum. Step out of Cooperstown with an excursion to Arkell Museum in Canajoharie--about 40 minutes away. There's still lots to do: sample the tasty concoctions at Brewery Ommegang, look for gifts at Riverwood Gifts, play a few rounds at Leatherstocking Golf Course, and sample the fine beverages at Cooperstown Distillery.

To find maps, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, read Cooperstown tour itinerary builder site.

Getting from Lake George to Cooperstown by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. In November, plan for daily highs up to 9°C, and evening lows to -1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Watkins Glen.
Historic Sites · Museums · Breweries & Distilleries · Shopping
Side Trips

Watkins Glen — 1 night

Watkins Glen is a village in Schuyler County, New York, United States. Start off your visit on the 9th (Tue): learn about winemaking at Weis Vineyards, then pause for some serene contemplation at Garrett Memorial Chapel, and then take in the dramatic scenery at Havana Glen Park.

To see reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Watkins Glen online trip builder.

Traveling by car from Cooperstown to Watkins Glen takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 11°C in November, and nighttime lows around -1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Castile.
Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Historic Sites
Side Trips

Castile — 1 night

Established in 1821 and named after a historical region in Spain, Castile is a town in Wyoming County with a neighboring village of the same name known for its rural lifestyle.
On the 10th (Wed), take an unorthodox tour of Rolling Hills Asylum, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Abbey of the Genesee, and then admire the majestic nature at Letchworth State Park.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Castile trip itinerary maker site.

You can drive from Watkins Glen to Castile in 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 11°C in November, and nighttime lows around 0°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Wed) so you can drive to Niagara Falls.
Historic Sites · Parks · Nature
Side Trips

Niagara Falls — 3 nights

The city of Niagara Falls houses the U.S. half of the famous waterfall that straddles the border between Canada and the United States.
On the 11th (Thu), tour the pleasant surroundings at Tifft Nature Preserve, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Our Lady of Victory National Shrine & Basilica, and then admire the majestic nature at Devil's Hole State Park. On your second day here, make a trip to Third Street Art Alley, tour the pleasant surroundings at Niagara Wine Trail USA, then take an in-depth tour of Niagara Falls Underground Railroad Heritage Center, then stroll through Niagara Gorge Trail, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at St. Mary of the Cataract R. C. Parish.

For traveler tips, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Niagara Falls travel website.

Traveling by car from Castile to Niagara Falls takes 2 hours. In November in Niagara Falls, expect temperatures between 10°C during the day and 0°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sat) so you can travel back home.
Parks · Trails · Outdoors · Historic Sites
Side Trips

New York State travel guide

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Scenic Walking Areas · Observation Decks · Historic Sites
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.