19 days in Niagara Falls, Lake Placid & New York City Itinerary

19 days in Niagara Falls, Lake Placid & New York City Itinerary

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19 days in Niagara Falls, Lake Placid & New York City Itinerary

Start: New York City
Fly + bus:  5​h
1
Niagara Falls
— 2 nights
Drive:  6​h 45​min
2
Lake Placid
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h 30​min
3
New York City
— 14 nights
End: New York City


2
nights
Niagara Falls

Niagara Falls ©
The city of Niagara Falls houses the U.S.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Sat): look for all kinds of wild species at Iroquois National Wildlife Refuge. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 16th (Sun): explore the fascinating underground world of Cave of the Winds, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Our Lady of Victory Basilica, and then admire the landmark architecture of Frank Lloyd Wright's Graycliff.

For where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Niagara Falls online holiday planner .

New York City to Niagara Falls is an approximately 5-hour combination of bus and flight. You can also do a combination of train, flight, and bus; or drive. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from New York City in September; daily highs in Niagara Falls reach 28°C and lows reach 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Mon) so you can drive to Lake Placid.

Things to do in Niagara Falls

Nature Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Iroquois National Wildlife Refuge, Our Lady of Victory Basilica, Frank Lloyd Wright's Graycliff
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Cave of the Winds ©
Cave of the Winds
Our Lady of Victory Basilica ©
Our Lady of Victory Basilica
Iroquois National Wildlife Refuge ©
Iroquois National Wildlife Refuge

2
nights
Lake Placid

Lake Placid ©
Lake Placid is a village in the Adirondack Mountains in Essex County, New York, United States. Start off your visit on the 17th (Mon): look for all kinds of wild species at Adirondack Wildlife Refuge, indulge your taste buds at Saratoga Olive Oil, and then hike along Brewster Peninsula Nature Trails. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: see the interesting displays at Lake Champlain Maritime Museum, contemplate the long history of Crown Point State Historic Site, and then take in the awesome beauty at Mount Marcy.

To find ratings, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, read Lake Placid holiday planner.

Drive from Niagara Falls to Lake Placid in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or do a combination of train, flight, and bus. Traveling from Niagara Falls in September, expect Lake Placid to be little chillier, temps between 24°C and 6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Wed) to allow time to drive to New York City.

Things to do in Lake Placid

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

Lake Champlain Maritime Museum, Crown Point State Historic Site, Adirondack Wildlife Refuge, Mount Marcy
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Adirondack Wildlife Refuge ©
Adirondack Wildlife Refuge
Crown Point State Historic Site ©
Crown Point State Historic Site
Lake Champlain Maritime Museum ©
Lake Champlain Maritime Museum

14
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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Quogue Wildlife Refuge and Cupsogue Beach County Park. Let the collections at The Metropolitan Museum of Art and Ellis Island capture your imagination. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around New York City: Bushkill Falls (in Bushkill), William Floyd Estate (in Mastic Beach) and Ort Farms (in Long Valley). There's still lots to do: pause for some photo ops at 9/11 Memorial, take a peaceful walk through Stokes State Forest, kick back and relax at Meschutt Beach, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Pocono Environmental Education Center.

For where to stay, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our New York City trip planner .

Traveling by car from Lake Placid to New York City takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Lake Placid in September, you will find days in New York City are a bit warmer (31°C), and nights are much hotter (22°C). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in New York City

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Dingmans Ferry, Cupsogue Beach County Park, Bay Head Beach, William Floyd Estate, Upper Delaware River
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9/11 Memorial ©
9/11 Memorial
The Metropolitan Museum of Art ©
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
American Museum of Natural History ©
American Museum of Natural History

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