22 days in New York State & Denver Itinerary

22 days in New York State & Denver Itinerary

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22 days in New York State & Denver Itinerary

Start: Abu Dhabi
Fly:  25​h
1
Rochester
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
2
Watkins Glen
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
3
Cooperstown
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
4
Alexandria Bay
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 15​min
5
Lake Placid
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
6
Lake George
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
7
Poughkeepsie
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
8
New York City
— 4 nights
Fly:  6​h 45​min
9
Denver
— 3 nights
Fly:  20​h 45​min
End: Abu Dhabi

3
nights
Rochester

Rochester ©
Blending big-city culture with small-town charm, Rochester sits on the southern shore of Lake Ontario.
Step off the beaten path and head to The Strong National Museum of Play and Turning Point Park. And it doesn't end there: browse the exhibits of National Susan B. Anthony Museum & House, learn about winemaking at Casa Larga Vineyards, admire the masterpieces at Artisanworks, and trek along Erie Canal Trail.

For reviews, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Rochester planning app .

Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates to Rochester is an approximately 25-hour flight. You'll gain 9 hours traveling from Abu Dhabi to Rochester due to the time zone difference. Plan for colder temperatures traveling from Abu Dhabi in October, with highs in Rochester at 20°C and lows at 8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Watkins Glen.

Things to do in Rochester

Museums Parks Childrens Museums

Side Trip

Schutt's Apple Mill
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The Strong National Museum of Play ©
The Strong National Museum of Play
Durand Eastman Park ©
Durand Eastman Park

2
nights
Watkins Glen

Watkins Glen ©
Watkins Glen is a village in Schuyler County, New York, United States. On the 20th (Tue), do a tasting at Castel Grisch, take an in-depth tour of International Motor Racing Research Center, then admire the majestic nature at Watkins Glen State Park, and finally sample the tasty concoctions at Rooster Fish Brewing Tasting Room & Beer Garden. Here are some ideas for day two: take a memorable drive along Seneca Lake Wine Trail, then get great views at Overlook at Taughannock Visitor Center, and then stroll around Ithaca Falls Natural Area.

To find more things to do, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Watkins Glen trip itinerary maker tool .

Traveling by car from Rochester to Watkins Glen takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In October, daily temperatures in Watkins Glen can reach 20°C, while at night they dip to 6°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Cooperstown.

Things to do in Watkins Glen

Parks Outdoors Scenic Drive

Side Trips

Overlook at Taughannock Visitor Center, Ithaca Falls Natural Area
Highlights from your plan
Watkins Glen State Park ©
Watkins Glen State Park
Seneca Lake Wine Trail ©
Seneca Lake Wine Trail
Ithaca Falls Natural Area ©
Ithaca Falls Natural Area

2
nights
Cooperstown

Cooperstown ©
Best known as the home of the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum, Cooperstown embraces Americana.
On the 22nd (Thu), contemplate the long history of Hyde Hall, examine the collection at National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum, and then stop by Parsons Daughter Candy Shoppe. On the 23rd (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the world behind art at Fenimore Art Museum, see the interesting displays at The Farmers' Museum, and then get in on the family fun at Barnyard Swing.

To find maps, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Cooperstown trip site .

Traveling by car from Watkins Glen to Cooperstown takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 19°C in October, and nighttime lows around 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Fri) so you can drive to Alexandria Bay.

Things to do in Cooperstown

Museums Theme Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Parsons Daughter Candy Shoppe
Highlights from your plan
Hyde Hall ©
Hyde Hall
Fenimore Art Museum ©
Fenimore Art Museum

1
night
Alexandria Bay

Alexandria Bay ©
Alexandria Bay is a village in Jefferson County, New York, United States. Kick off your visit on the 24th (Sat): look for gifts at Nav's popcorn shop, brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Dark Island Spirits Distillery & Winery, see the interesting displays at Antique Boat Museum, then look for all kinds of wild species at Zenda Farms Preserve, then head off the coast to Heart Island, and finally get engrossed in the history at Boldt Castle and Yacht House.

To find photos, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, use the Alexandria Bay road trip planning app .

You can drive from Cooperstown to Alexandria Bay in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. In October, plan for daily highs up to 18°C, and evening lows to 7°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Lake Placid.

Things to do in Alexandria Bay

Parks Museums Nature

Side Trip

Clayton
Highlights from your plan
Heart Island ©
Heart Island
Boldt Castle and Yacht House ©
Boldt Castle and Yacht House
Antique Boat Museum ©
Antique Boat Museum

2
nights
Lake Placid

Lake Placid ©
Lake Placid is a village in the Adirondack Mountains in Essex County, New York, United States. Kick off your visit on the 25th (Sun): take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Eustace Episcopal Church, look for gifts at Saratoga Olive Oil, then explore the activities along Mirror Lake, and finally get great views at Olympic Ski Jump Complex. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: deepen your understanding at Uihlein Sugar Maple Research & Extension Field Station, then relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Brewster Peninsula Nature Trails, and finally get your game on at Boots and Birdies Miniature Golf.

To find photos, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Lake Placid online trip planner .

Drive from Alexandria Bay to Lake Placid in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, train, and bus; or do a combination of car, bus, and train. Traveling from Alexandria Bay in October, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Lake Placid, with lows of 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Lake George.

Things to do in Lake Placid

Parks Fun & Games Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Mirror Lake ©
Mirror Lake
Olympic Ski Jump Complex ©
Olympic Ski Jump Complex
St. Eustace Episcopal Church ©
St. Eustace Episcopal Church

2
nights
Lake George

Lake George ©
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.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Tue): admire the sheer force of Shelving Rock Falls, then take in the awesome beauty at Prospect Mountain, and then explore the activities along Lake George. On the next day, trek along Buck mountain hiking trail, then putt your heart out at Pirate's Cove, and then take an in-depth tour of The Fort William Henry Museum & Restoration.

To find reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Lake George trip itinerary maker website .

Getting from Lake Placid to Lake George by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Lake Placid in October, plan for a bit warmer nights in Lake George, with lows around 5°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Poughkeepsie.

Things to do in Lake George

Parks Nature Trails
Highlights from your plan
Prospect Mountain ©
Prospect Mountain
Lake George ©
Lake George

1
night
Poughkeepsie

Poughkeepsie ©
Poughkeepsie, officially the City of Poughkeepsie, is a city in the state of New York, United States, which is the county seat of Dutchess County. Kick off your visit on the 29th (Thu): gain insight at Marist College, snap pictures at Walkway Over the Hudson State Historic Park, then pick up some local products at Adams Fairacre Farms, and finally admire the masterpieces at Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center at Vassar College.

To see more things to do, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Poughkeepsie vacation planner.

Traveling by car from Lake George to Poughkeepsie takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect a daytime high around 22°C in October, and nighttime lows around 7°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Thu) so you can go by car to New York City.

Things to do in Poughkeepsie

Museums Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Adams Fairacre Farms ©
Adams Fairacre Farms

4
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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Food Tours and St. Patrick's Cathedral. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around New York City: Grounds For Sculpture (in Hamilton) and Independence National Historical Park (in Philadelphia). There's much more to do: make a trip to Central Park, settle in for a delightful tour with a horse-drawn carriage tour, get to know the fascinating history of Brooklyn Heights Promenade, and admire the striking features of Empire State Building.

For photos, ratings, maps, and tourist information, you can read our New York City trip builder .

Traveling by car from Poughkeepsie to New York City takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Poughkeepsie in October, plan for a bit warmer nights in New York City, with lows around 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Denver.

Things to do in New York City

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trips

Grounds For Sculpture, Brooklyn Heights Promenade, Independence National Historical Park
Highlights from your plan
Central Park ©
Central Park
Food Tours
Empire State Building ©
Empire State Building

3
nights
Denver

Denver ©
Aptly nicknamed the "Mile-High City," Denver sits at an altitude of 1,600 m (5,280 ft) above sea level, located right where the Great Plains give way to the Rocky Mountains.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Tue): get lost in a book at Denver Public Library, then see the interesting displays at Kirkland Museum of Fine & Decorative Art, and then examine the collection at Wings Over the Rockies Air & Space Museum. On the 4th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, then examine the collection at National Ballpark Museum, then brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Stranahan's Colorado Whiskey Tour, and finally take in nature's colorful creations at Washington Park.

For ratings, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Denver travel planner.

Getting from New York City to Denver by flight takes about 7 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Traveling from New York City to Denver, you'll gain 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from New York City in November, expect little chillier with lows of -1°C in Denver. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 5th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Denver

Museums Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Guanella Pass
Highlights from your plan
Denver Public Library ©
Denver Public Library

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