31 days in New York State & Los Angeles County Itinerary

31 days in New York State & Los Angeles County Itinerary

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Stony Brook
— 4 nights
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New York City
— 6 nights
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New Paltz
— 5 nights
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Albany
— 4 nights
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Niagara Falls
— 4 nights
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Los Angeles
— 6 nights

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Stony Brook

Stony Brook ©
Stony Brook is a hamlet and census-designated place (CDP) in the Town of Brookhaven in Suffolk County, New York, on the North Shore of Long Island. Step out of the city life by going to Bayard Cutting Arboretum and Quogue Wildlife Refuge. Explore Stony Brook's surroundings by going to Bethpage State Park (in Farmingdale), Wertheim National Wildlife Refuge (in Shirley) and Babylon (Captree State Park & Argyle Park). Next up on the itinerary: look for all kinds of wild species at Avalon Park & Preserve, admire the majestic nature at Sunken Meadow State Park, and look for gifts at Amazing Olive.

To find reviews, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Stony Brook online trip itinerary builder.

London, UK to Stony Brook is an approximately 11.5-hour combination of flight and car. Traveling from London to Stony Brook, you'll gain 5 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from London in December, expect a bit cooler with lows of 0°C in Stony Brook. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sat) early enough to drive to New York City.

Things to do in Stony Brook

Parks · Wildlife · Nature

Side Trips

Babylon, Bayard Cutting Arboretum, Amazing Olive, Bethpage State Park, Quogue Wildlife Refuge
Highlights from your plan
Bayard Cutting Arboretum ©
Bayard Cutting Arboretum
Quogue Wildlife Refuge ©
Quogue Wildlife Refuge
Holtsville Ecology Site ©
Holtsville Ecology Site

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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.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art and Statue of Liberty National Monument are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Escape the urban bustle at Horse-Drawn Carriage Tours and Boat Tours & Water Sports. There's much more to do: take in panoramic vistas at Empire State Building, pause for some photo ops at 9/11 Memorial, explore the world behind art at The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), and make a trip to Times Square.

To find where to stay, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the New York City road trip website.

You can drive from Stony Brook to New York City in 1.5 hours. In December, plan for daily highs up to 10°C, and evening lows to 2°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to New Paltz.

Things to do in New York City

Museums · Parks · Tours
Highlights from your plan
The Metropolitan Museum of Art ©
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
9/11 Memorial ©
9/11 Memorial
Statue of Liberty National Monument ©
Statue of Liberty National Monument

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New Paltz

New Paltz ©
New Paltz is a town in Ulster County, New York, United States. Get in touch with nature at Straus Center - Frost Valley YMCA and Nyquist-Harcourt Wildlife Sanctuary. Do some cultural sightseeing at Magazzino Italian Art and Holy Transfiguration Church. Get out of town with these interesting New Paltz side-trips: Bear Mountain (Anthony Wayne Recreation Area & Bear Mountain State Park), Anthony's Nose (in Cortlandt Manor) and Catskill Park (in Sundown). There's lots more to do: identify plant and animal life at Mohonk Preserve, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Mary's Episcopal Church, see the interesting displays at The Den of Marbletown, and stroll through Hunter Mountain.

Before you visit New Paltz, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Traveling by car from New York City to New Paltz takes 2 hours. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from New York City in December, with highs in New Paltz at 6°C and lows at -3°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Wed) so you can go by car to Albany.

Things to do in New Paltz

Parks · Wildlife · Nature

Side Trips

Cold Spring, Bear Mountain, The Den of Marbletown, Shawangunk Grasslands National Wildlife Refuge, Holy Transfiguration Church
Highlights from your plan
Straus Center - Frost Valley YMCA ©
Straus Center - Frost Valley YMCA
Black Creek Preserve ©
Black Creek Preserve

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Albany

Albany ©
Albany is the capital of the U.S. Get in touch with nature at New York State Museum and The Schumann Preserve at Pilot Knob. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Saratoga National Historical Park and Burden Iron Works Museum. Change things up with these side-trips from Albany: Saint Kateri Tekakwitha National Shrine and Historic Site (in Fonda), Fishing Charters & Tours (in Bolton Landing) and Lapland Lake Cross Country Ski Center (in Northville). There's still lots to do: stroll through Royal Mountain Ski Area, pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, and explore the activities along Vischer Ferry Nature & Historic Preserve.

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

Drive from New Paltz to Albany in 1.5 hours. In December in Albany, expect temperatures between 4°C during the day and -4°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sun) early enough to drive to Niagara Falls.

Things to do in Albany

Parks · Outdoors · Winter Sports

Side Trips

Burden Iron Works Museum, Saint Kateri Tekakwitha National Shrine and Historic Site, Fishing Charters & Tours, The Schumann Preserve at Pilot Knob, Saratoga National Historical Park
Highlights from your plan
Royal Mountain Ski Area ©
Royal Mountain Ski Area
Lapland Lake Cross Country Ski Center ©
Lapland Lake Cross Country Ski Center
The Schumann Preserve at Pilot Knob ©
The Schumann Preserve at Pilot Knob

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Niagara Falls

Niagara Falls ©
The city of Niagara Falls houses the U.S.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Audubon Community Nature Center and Our Lady of Victory National Shrine & Basilica. Visiting Penn Dixie Fossil Park & Nature Reserve and Reinstein Woods Nature Preserve will get you outdoors. Step out of Niagara Falls to go to Cherry Creek and see Cockaigne Ski Area, which is approximately 1h 30 min away. There's lots more to do: step off the mainland to explore Three Sisters Island, immerse yourself in nature at Whirlpool State Park, take in panoramic vistas at Niagara Falls Observation Tower, and make a trip to Schoellkopf Power Station.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Niagara Falls vacation planner.

You can drive from Albany to Niagara Falls in 5.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Niagara Falls are 3°C, while nighttime lows are -3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Niagara Falls

Parks · Outdoors · Trails

Side Trips

Cockaigne Ski Area, Our Lady of Victory National Shrine & Basilica, Audubon Community Nature Center, Reinstein Woods Nature Preserve, Penn Dixie Fossil Park & Nature Reserve
Highlights from your plan
Penn Dixie Fossil Park & Nature Reserve ©
Penn Dixie Fossil Park & Nature Reserve
Reinstein Woods Nature Preserve ©
Reinstein Woods Nature Preserve

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Los Angeles

Los Angeles ©
Surrounded by mountain ranges, forests, valleys, beaches, and deserts, the metropolitan area of Los Angeles is home to over 17 million people.
Step out of the city life by going to Santa Monica Mountains and The Huntington Desert Garden. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at The Getty Center and Hollywood Forever Cemetery. Venture out of the city with trips to Angeles National Forest (in Arcadia) and Mulholland Drive (in Beverly Hills). And it doesn't end there: admire the majestic nature at Topanga State Park, enjoy the sand and surf at Santa Monica State Beach, tour the pleasant surroundings at Venice Beach and Boardwalk, and explore the stunning scenery at Coldwater Canyon Park.

For more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Los Angeles itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Niagara Falls to Los Angeles takes 9 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 3 hours traveling from Niagara Falls to Los Angeles. Traveling from Niagara Falls in December, expect Los Angeles to be much hotter, temps between 24°C and 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Parks · Nature · Outdoors

Side Trips

Beverly Hills, Santa Monica, Pasadena, Culver Boulevard Bike Path, Angeles National Forest
Highlights from your plan
Santa Monica Mountains ©
Santa Monica Mountains
The Getty Center ©
The Getty Center
Norton Simon Museum ©
Norton Simon Museum

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