19 days in New York State Itinerary

19 days in New York State Itinerary

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Watkins Glen
— 4 nights
— 3 nights
Old Forge
— 2 nights
Lake George
— 5 nights
Lake Placid
— 4 nights


Watkins Glen — 4 nights

Watkins Glen is a village in Schuyler County, New York, United States. You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Corning Museum of Glass and Colton Point State Park. Venture out of the city with trips to Wellsboro (Leonard Harrison State Park & Animaland Zoological Park), Taughannock Falls State Park (in Trumansburg) and The Rockwell Museum (in Corning). Spend the 4th (Mon) exploring the striking scenery along Seneca Lake Wine Trail. Next up on the itinerary: immerse yourself in nature at Watkins Glen State Park, get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and bet on your favorite at Watkins Glen International.

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Utica to Watkins Glen is an approximately 2.5-hour car ride. In July, daily temperatures in Watkins Glen can reach 83°F, while at night they dip to 59°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Tue) so you can go by car to Palmyra.
Outdoors · Parks · Nature · Scenic Drive
Side Trips

Palmyra — 3 nights

Kids will enjoy Smith Family Farm and Book of Mormon Publication Site. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Palmyra: Sodus Point (Sodus Point Beach Park & Sodus Bay Lighthouse Museum), Chimney Bluffs State Park (in Wolcott) and Lazy Acre Alpacas (in Bloomfield).

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You can drive from Watkins Glen to Palmyra in 1.5 hours. In July in Palmyra, expect temperatures between 81°F during the day and 62°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Old Forge.
Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Golf
Side Trips

Old Forge — 2 nights

Old Forge is a hamlet (and census-designated place) on New York State Route 28 in the town of Webb in Herkimer County, New York. Start off your visit on the 9th (Sat): take an in-depth tour of Adirondack Experience, The Museum on Blue Mountain Lake, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Bald Mountain, and then cool off at Enchanted Forest Water Safari. Here are some ideas for day two: hit the slopes at McCauley Mountain, then look for gifts at Old Forge Hardware, and then admire the masterpieces at Munson-Williams-Proctor Arts Institute.

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Traveling by car from Palmyra to Old Forge takes 3 hours. Expect a daytime high around 80°F in July, and nighttime lows around 60°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Lake George.
Parks · Museums · Shopping · Nature
Side Trips

Lake George — 5 nights

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.
Attractions like Lake George and The Great Escape & Hurricane Harbor make great kid-friendly stops. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Lake George: Ticonderoga (Fort Ticonderoga & Star Trek Original Series Set Tour), Vroman's Nose Hiking Trail (in Middleburgh) and Howe Caverns (in Howes Cave). The adventure continues: get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, admire the masterpieces at The Clark Art Institute, take an in-depth tour of Hildene, The Lincoln Family Home, and take in the dramatic natural features at Secret Caverns.

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Traveling by car from Old Forge to Lake George takes 2 hours. In July, plan for daily highs up to 82°F, and evening lows to 60°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Lake Placid.
Parks · Nature · Museums · Outdoors
Side Trips

Lake Placid — 4 nights

Lake Placid is a village in the Adirondack Mountains in Essex County, New York, United States. Kids will enjoy Mirror Lake and Olympic Ski Jump Complex. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Lake Placid: The Wild Center (in Tupper Lake) and Ausable Chasm (in Keeseville). There's lots more to do: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Whiteface Mountain, head outdoors with Henry's Woods, contemplate the long history of John Brown Farm State Historic Site, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Brewster Peninsula Nature Trails.

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You can drive from Lake George to Lake Placid in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Lake George in July, things will get little chillier in Lake Placid: highs are around 76°F and lows about 51°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 19th (Tue) to allow time for travel back home.
Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Outdoors
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New York State travel guide

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.