22 days in Washington DC & New York State Itinerary

22 days in Washington DC & New York State Itinerary

Created using Inspirock United States travel planner

Make it your trip
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Washington DC
— 1 night
Train
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New York City
— 4 nights
Drive
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Lake Placid
— 2 nights
Drive
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Bolton Landing
— 2 nights
Drive
5
Cooperstown
— 4 nights
Drive
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Corning
— 3 nights
Drive
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Chautauqua
— 2 nights
Drive
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Niagara Falls
— 1 night
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Washington DC

— 1 night
The capital of the United States, the District of Columbia contains the lion's share of the country's most treasured monuments, memorials, and public museums.
On the 11th (Fri), get a new perspective on nature at Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History and then revel in the low prices at Leesburg Premium Outlets. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 12th (Sat): explore the world behind art at National Gallery of Art, then admire the natural beauty at U.S. National Arboretum, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception.

To find ratings, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Washington DC trip planner.

Sydney, Australia to Washington DC is an approximately 25-hour flight. Traveling from Sydney to Washington DC, you'll gain 15 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Sydney in May: highs in Washington DC hover around 28°C, while lows dip to 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sat) so you can catch the train to New York City.

Things to do in Washington DC

Museums · Parks · Outdoors · Trails

Side Trip

New York City

— 4 nights

Big Apple

Writer Pearl Buck once called New York City “a place apart,” and this giant urban center remains unlike any other in the world.
For shopping fun, head to Chelsea Market or Amazing Olive. Get outdoors at Bushkill Falls and Worthington State Forest. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around New York City: Jacobsburg State Park (in Nazareth), House Of Candles (in Henryville) and Lake Hopatcong Golf Club (in Lake Hopatcong). There's more to do: explore the galleries of 9/11 Memorial and explore the striking landscape of Fire Island National Seashore.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the New York City online journey planner.

You can take a train from Washington DC to New York City in 3.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive. When traveling from Washington DC in May, plan for a bit cooler days in New York City, with highs around 24°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Lake Placid.

Things to do in New York City

Nature · Parks · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trips

Lake Placid

— 2 nights
Lake Placid is a village in the Adirondack Mountains in Essex County, New York, United States. Start off your visit on the 17th (Thu): look for all kinds of wild species at Adirondack Wildlife Refuge, then stroll through Brewster Peninsula Nature Trails, then stop by Just Bead It, and finally look for gifts at Saratoga Olive Oil Company. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: stop by The Adirondack Popcorn Co., stop by Temptations from Lake Placid Gourmet, then steep yourself in history at Crown Point State Historic Site, and finally see the interesting displays at Lake Champlain Maritime Museum.

For where to stay, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, use the Lake Placid road trip website.

Getting from New York City to Lake Placid by car takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and car; or do a combination of train and taxi. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from New York City in May since evenings lows in Lake Placid dip to 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Bolton Landing.

Things to do in Lake Placid

Parks · Shopping · Outdoors · Wildlife

Side Trips

Bolton Landing

— 2 nights
Bolton Landing is a hamlet in the town of Bolton in Warren County, New York, United States. Kick off your visit on the 19th (Sat): look for gifts at Gunnison Lakeshore Orchards, then learn about all things military at Fort Ticonderoga, and then identify plant and animal life at Veterans Memorial Park. Here are some ideas for day two: admire the masterpieces at The Hyde Collection Art Museum and Historic Home and then take in the pleasant sights at Merck Forest & Farmland Center.

For photos, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, read Bolton Landing trip itinerary app.

Getting from Lake Placid to Bolton Landing by car takes about 1.5 hours. Traveling from Lake Placid in May, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Bolton Landing, with lows around 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Cooperstown.

Things to do in Bolton Landing

Parks · Wildlife · Museums · Shopping

Side Trips

Cooperstown

— 4 nights

Village of Cooperstown

Best known as the home of the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum, Cooperstown embraces Americana.
Head to Frog Pond Farms and Beekman 1802 Mercantilefor plenty of shopping. Let the collections at National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum and Fenimore Art Museum capture your imagination. When in Cooperstown, make a side trip to see Wolf Mountain Nature Center in Smyrna, approximately Smyrna away. There's much more to do: see the interesting displays at The Farmers' Museum, learn about winemaking at Fly Creek Cider Mill & Orchard, and tee off at Leatherstocking Golf Course.

To see more things to do, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Cooperstown online road trip planner.

Traveling by car from Bolton Landing to Cooperstown takes 2.5 hours. May in Cooperstown sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 9°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Corning.

Things to do in Cooperstown

Museums · Outdoors · Golf · Parks

Side Trips

Corning

— 3 nights
Corning is a city in Steuben County, New York, United States, on the Chemung River. Museum-lovers will appreciate Corning Museum of Glass and Hands On Glass Studio. Head to West End Gallery and Connors Mercantilefor some retail therapy. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Corning: Watkins Glen State Park (in Watkins Glen), Angelica Sweet Shop (in Angelica) and Lively Run Dairy (in Interlaken). There's still lots to do: stop by Muranda Cheese Company.

For ratings, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Corning vacation planner.

You can drive from Cooperstown to Corning in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In May, daytime highs in Corning are 26°C, while nighttime lows are 9°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sun) so you can travel to Chautauqua.

Things to do in Corning

Shopping · Museums · Nature · Parks

Side Trips

Chautauqua

— 2 nights
Chautauqua is a town and lake resort community in Chautauqua County, New York, United States. On the 27th (Sun), stop by Vinewood Acres Sugar Shack, look for gifts at Dunkirk Boardwalk Market, then visit a coastal fixture at Barcelona Lighthouse State Park, and finally see the interesting displays at McClurg Museum. Here are some ideas for day two: walk around Panama Rocks Scenic Park, see the interesting displays at Fenton History Center, then contemplate the long history of Robert H. Jackson Center, and finally look for gifts at Chautauqua Bookstore.

For more things to do, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Chautauqua tour planner.

Traveling by car from Corning to Chautauqua takes 2.5 hours. Traveling from Corning in May, you will find days in Chautauqua are a bit cooler (21°C), and nights are about the same (9°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Tue) early enough to drive to Niagara Falls.

Things to do in Chautauqua

Shopping · Museums · Historic Sites · Parks

Side Trips

Niagara Falls

— 1 night

Honeymoon Capital of the World

The city of Niagara Falls houses the U.S.
On the 29th (Tue), look for all kinds of wild species at Iroquois National Wildlife Refuge. On your second day here, stop by Vidler's 5 & 10 and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Our Lady of Victory National Shrine & Basilica.

For ratings, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Niagara Falls trip planning tool.

You can drive from Chautauqua to Niagara Falls in 2 hours. In May, daily temperatures in Niagara Falls can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Niagara Falls

Nature · Parks · Wildlife · Shopping

Side Trips

New York State travel guide

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Observation Decks · Scenic Walking Areas · Monuments
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.