17 days in United States Itinerary

17 days in United States Itinerary

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17 days in United States Itinerary

Start: New York City
Drive:  15​min
1
Brooklyn
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h
2
Syracuse
— 2 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
3
Rochester
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
4
Niagara Falls
— 2 nights
Drive:  30​min
5
Buffalo
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h
6
New York City
— 6 nights
End: New York City

2
nights
Brooklyn

Brooklyn ©
Though it may be less popular or touristy than its big brother Manhattan, Brooklyn boasts of one of the largest and hippest art districts in the United States.
On the 26th (Thu), admire the natural beauty at Brooklyn Botanic Garden and then admire all the interesting features of Yankee Stadium. Here are some ideas for day two: meet the residents at Bronx Zoo, then take in the views from Brooklyn Bridge, and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Brooklyn Heights Promenade.

For maps, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Brooklyn trip planner.

New York City to Brooklyn is an approximately half hour car ride. You can also take a subway; or take a bus. In April, daily temperatures in Brooklyn can reach 19°C, while at night they dip to 8°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) so you can travel to Syracuse.

Things to do in Brooklyn

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Bronx, Brooklyn Bridge
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Brooklyn Botanic Garden ©
Brooklyn Botanic Garden
Brooklyn Bridge ©
Brooklyn Bridge
Bronx Zoo ©
Bronx Zoo

2
nights
Syracuse

Syracuse ©
Syracuse is a city in, and the county seat of, Onondaga County, New York, in the United States. Start off your visit on the 28th (Sat): get curious at Museum of Science & Technology (MOST), meet the residents at Rosamond Gifford Zoo, and then explore the activities along Skaneateles Lake. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 29th (Sun): contemplate the long history of Onondaga Lake Park, get a taste of the local shopping with Destiny USA, and then try to win big at Turning Stone Resort Casino.

For photos, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, read Syracuse trip itinerary planning site .

You can do a combination of train and flight from Brooklyn to Syracuse in 4 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of subway and bus. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Syracuse when traveling from Brooklyn in April, with lows around 3°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) so you can go by car to Rochester.

Things to do in Syracuse

Parks Fun & Games Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Turning Stone Resort Casino, Skaneateles Lake, Onondaga Lake Park
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Rosamond Gifford Zoo ©
Rosamond Gifford Zoo
Onondaga Lake Park ©
Onondaga Lake Park
Skaneateles Lake ©
Skaneateles Lake

2
nights
Rochester

Rochester ©
Blending big-city culture with small-town charm, Rochester sits on the southern shore of Lake Ontario.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Mon): stroll through Seneca Park Zoo, then have fun and explore at The Strong Museum, and then try to win big at Finger Lakes Gaming & Racetrack. On the 1st (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: examine the collection at George Eastman Museum, steep yourself in history at Stone-Tolan House, and then stroll through Highland Park.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, read Rochester trip itinerary builder tool .

Getting from Syracuse to Rochester by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 15°C in April, and nighttime lows around 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Wed) to allow time to drive to Niagara Falls.

Things to do in Rochester

Museums Parks Childrens Museums

Side Trip

Finger Lakes Gaming & Racetrack
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The Strong National Museum of Play ©
The Strong National Museum of Play
Highland Park ©
Highland Park
George Eastman Museum ©
George Eastman Museum

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nights
Niagara Falls

Niagara Falls ©
The city of Niagara Falls houses the U.S.
On the 2nd (Wed), try to win big at Seneca Niagara Resort & Casino, then buy something for everyone on your list at One Niagara Welcome Center, and then admire the sheer force of Niagara Falls. On your second day here, take in the dramatic scenery at Bridal Veil Falls, then meet the residents at Aquarium of Niagara, and then steep yourself in history at Old Fort Niagara.

To see maps, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Niagara Falls road trip site .

Drive from Rochester to Niagara Falls in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. May in Niagara Falls sees daily highs of 23°C and lows of 9°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Fri) so you can drive to Buffalo.

Things to do in Niagara Falls

Parks Nature Casinos

Side Trip

Old Fort Niagara
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Niagara Falls ©
Niagara Falls
Bridal Veil Falls ©
Bridal Veil Falls
Aquarium of Niagara ©
Aquarium of Niagara

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nights
Buffalo

Buffalo ©
The most populous city in the state after New York, Buffalo serves as the gateway to Niagara Falls and Canada for many travelers.
On the 4th (Fri), enjoy breathtaking views from Buffalo City Hall, look for gifts at The Broadway Market, then expand your understanding of the military at Buffalo & Erie County Naval and Military Park, and finally admire all the interesting features of KeyBank Center. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire the masterpieces at Albright-Knox Art Gallery, take in nature's colorful creations at The Buffalo Zoo, and then don't miss a visit to Canalside.

For where to stay, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, read Buffalo day trip planning site .

Buffalo is just a stone's throw from Niagara Falls. In May in Buffalo, expect temperatures between 22°C during the day and 10°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sun) so you can travel to New York City.

Things to do in Buffalo

Museums Parks Zoos & Aquariums
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KeyBank Center ©
KeyBank Center
Albright-Knox Art Gallery ©
Albright-Knox Art Gallery

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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.
New York City is known for museums, nightlife, historic sites, parks, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the pleasant sights at Central Park, explore the world behind art at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, enjoy breathtaking views from Empire State Building, and tour the pleasant surroundings at The High Line.

To find reviews, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the New York City road trip site .

Traveling by flight from Buffalo to New York City takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Buffalo in May, New York City is a bit warmer at night with lows of 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in New York City

Museums Parks Historic Sites
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Central Park ©
Central Park
Empire State Building ©
Empire State Building
The Metropolitan Museum of Art ©
The Metropolitan Museum of Art

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