26 days in New York State & New Jersey Itinerary

26 days in New York State & New Jersey Itinerary

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26 days in New York State & New Jersey Itinerary

Start: Izmir, Turkey
Fly:  16​h 30​min
1
New York City
— 6 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
2
Montauk
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
3
Poughkeepsie
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
4
Lake Placid
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
5
Old Forge
— Few hours
Drive:  3​h 30​min
6
Corning
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h
7
Westfield
— 3 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  5​h 15​min
8
Cape May
— 3 nights
+3
Bus + Train + Foot + Fly:  19​h 45​min
End: Izmir, Turkey

6
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 Food Tours and Franklin Hill Vineyards. Venture out of the city with trips to Columbia (Worthington State Forest & Brook hollow winery) and Jacobsburg State Park (in Nazareth). And it doesn't end there: go for a walk through Central Park, explore the world behind art at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, admire the striking features of Empire State Building, and admire all the interesting features of Madison Square Garden.

To see more things to do, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the New York City travel planner .

Izmir, Turkey to New York City is an approximately 16.5-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also do a combination of flight and train. Traveling from Izmir to New York City, you'll gain 7 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Izmir in April, New York City is a bit cooler at night with lows of 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Montauk.

Things to do in New York City

Parks Museums Nature

Side Trips

Columbia, Nazareth
Highlights from your plan
Central Park ©
Central Park
Food Tours
Empire State Building ©
Empire State Building

2
nights
Montauk

Montauk ©
Montauk is a census-designated place (CDP) that includes the hamlet with the same name located in the town of East Hampton in Suffolk County, New York, on the eastern end of the South Shore of Long Island. Kick off your visit on the 8th (Sun): play a few rounds at Montauk Downs State Park Golf Course and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Navy Road Park. Here are some ideas for day two: enjoy the sea views from Montauk Point Lighthouse, admire the masterpieces at Mystic Museum of Art, then look for all kinds of wild species at Denison Pequotsepos Nature Center, and finally look for gifts at Watch Hill Outfitters.

To find more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Montauk trip itinerary app .

You can drive from New York City to Montauk in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from New York City in April, with highs in Montauk at 15°C and lows at 6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Poughkeepsie.

Things to do in Montauk

Parks Golf Outdoors

Side Trips

Mystic, Watch Hill Outfitters
Highlights from your plan
Denison Pequotsepos Nature Center ©
Montauk Point Lighthouse ©
Montauk Point Lighthouse
Montauk Downs State Park Golf Course ©

3
nights
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. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Walkway Over the Hudson State Historic Park and Ice Caves and Verkeerderkill Falls Trail Hike. Change things up with these side-trips from Poughkeepsie: Sam's Point Preserve (in Cragsmoor), Chadwick Lake (in Newburgh) and Mohonk Preserve (in New Paltz). On the 12th (Thu), spend an exhilarating day on the slopes at Windham Mountain.

To see where to stay, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Poughkeepsie online holiday planner .

You can drive from Montauk to Poughkeepsie in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Montauk in April, expect nights in Poughkeepsie to be about the same, around 3°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Lake Placid.

Things to do in Poughkeepsie

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Cragsmoor, Mohonk Preserve, Windham Mountain, Chadwick Lake
Highlights from your plan
Sam's Point Preserve ©
Sam's Point Preserve
Mohonk Preserve ©
Mohonk Preserve

4
nights
Lake Placid

Lake Placid ©
Lake Placid is a village in the Adirondack Mountains in Essex County, New York, United States. Discover out-of-the-way places like Mount Van Hoevenberg and Buttermilk Falls. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Lake Placid: Point Au Roches State Park (in Plattsburgh) and Paul Smith's College VIC (in Paul Smiths). There's much more to do: take in the awesome beauty at Mount Marcy, have some family-friendly fun at Boots and Birdies Miniature Golf, soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, and indulge your taste buds at Saratoga Olive Oil.

For ratings, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Lake Placid tour planner.

Traveling by car from Poughkeepsie to Lake Placid takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, flight, and car; or do a combination of train and bus. In April, Lake Placid is little chillier than Poughkeepsie - with highs of 11°C and lows of -3°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Tue) so you can travel to Old Forge.

Things to do in Lake Placid

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Paul Smith's College VIC, Buttermilk Falls, Mount Marcy, Point Au Roches State Park
Highlights from your plan
Buttermilk Falls ©
Buttermilk Falls
Paul Smith's College VIC ©
Paul Smith's College VIC
Mount Van Hoevenberg ©
Mount Van Hoevenberg

few
hours
Old Forge

Old Forge ©
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. On the 17th (Tue), look for gifts at Old Forge Hardware and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Arrowhead Park.

To find photos, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Old Forge route maker .

Drive from Lake Placid to Old Forge in 2.5 hours. Traveling from Lake Placid in April, expect Old Forge to be a bit warmer, temps between 16°C and 2°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 17th (Tue) to allow time for travel to Corning.

Things to do in Old Forge

Parks Shopping

Side Trip

Arrowhead Park
Highlights from your plan
Old Forge Hardware ©
Old Forge Hardware

3
nights
Corning

Corning ©
Corning is a city in Steuben County, New York, United States, on the Chemung River. Start off your visit on the 18th (Wed): stroll the grounds of Woodlawn Cemetery of Elmira, then indulge your thirst for a good beer at Horseheads Brewing, then do a tasting at Hunt Country Vineyards, and finally admire the sheer force of Grimes Glen. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: appreciate the extensive heritage of West End Gallery, then learn about winemaking at Atwater Estate Vineyards, and then get in on the family fun at Eldridge Park.

To see reviews, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, read our Corning trip planning website .

Traveling by car from Old Forge to Corning takes 4 hours. In April, daytime highs in Corning are 17°C, while nighttime lows are 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 20th (Fri) to allow time for travel to Westfield.

Things to do in Corning

Theme Parks Wineries Parks

Side Trips

Elmira, Grimes Glen, Anthony Road Wine Company, McGregor Vineyard, Horseheads Brewing
Highlights from your plan
Eldridge Park ©
Eldridge Park
Woodlawn Cemetery of Elmira ©
Woodlawn Cemetery of Elmira
Horseheads Brewing ©
Horseheads Brewing

3
nights
Westfield

Westfield ©
Start off your visit on the 20th (Fri): look for gifts at Chautauqua Bookstore. On your second day here, look for gifts at Lakeview Wine Cellars, then examine the collection at Fenton History Center, and then find something for the whole family at Midway State Park.

For ratings, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Westfield trip itinerary builder tool .

Getting from Corning to Westfield by car takes about 3 hours. In April, plan for daily highs up to 16°C, and evening lows to 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) to allow time to travel to Cape May.

Things to do in Westfield

Parks Theme Parks Museums

Side Trips

Lakeview Wine Cellars, Fenton History Center, Chautauqua Bookstore, Midway State Park, Woodbury Winery & Vineyards
Highlights from your plan
Midway State Park ©
Midway State Park
Fenton History Center ©
Fenton History Center
Grape Discovery Center ©
Grape Discovery Center

3
nights
Cape May

Cape May ©
Cape May represents the other Jersey Shore--the one you don't see on TV--the one with a rich history and a refined, relaxed atmosphere.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Cape May Lighthouse and Seven Mile Beach. Change things up with these side-trips from Cape May: Northside Park (in Ocean City) and Air Mobility Command Museum (in Dover). There's lots more to do: admire nature's wide array of creatures at Cape May County Park & Zoo, look for gifts at Cape May Olive Oil Company, take some stellar pictures from World War II Lookout Tower, and brush up on your military savvy at Naval Air Station Wildwood Aviation Museum.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Cape May day trip tool .

Explore your travel options from Westfield to Cape May with the Route module. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Westfield in April since evenings lows in Cape May dip to 8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Cape May

Parks Museums Nature

Side Trips

Stone Harbor, Northside Park, Air Mobility Command Museum, Cape May County Park & Zoo
Highlights from your plan
Cape May County Park & Zoo ©
Cape May County Park & Zoo
Cape May Lighthouse ©
Cape May Lighthouse
Cape May City Beaches ©
Cape May City Beaches

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