31 days in New York State Itinerary

31 days in New York State Itinerary

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31 days in New York State Itinerary

Start: San Francisco
Fly + bus:  8​h 45​min
1
New York City
— 7 nights
Drive:  2​h
2
New Paltz
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
3
Lake George
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
4
Auburn
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
5
Rochester
— 5 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
6
Niagara Falls
— 6 nights
bus + Fly:  10​h 15​min
End: San Francisco

7
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.
New York City is known for museums, nightlife, shopping, historic sites, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the pleasant sights at Central Park, enjoy breathtaking views from Empire State Building, admire the striking features of Grand Central Terminal, and explore and take pictures at The High Line.

To see other places to visit, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, use the New York City day trip tool .

San Francisco to New York City is an approximately 9-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also fly; or drive. The time zone changes from Pacific Standard Time (PST) to Eastern Standard Time (EST), which is usually a 3 hour difference. Traveling from San Francisco in April, things will get little chillier in New York City: highs are around 61°F and lows about 45°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Mon) to allow time to travel to New Paltz.

Things to do in New York City

Museums Parks Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Central Park ©
Central Park
Empire State Building ©
Empire State Building
The Metropolitan Museum of Art ©
The Metropolitan Museum of Art

4
nights
New Paltz

New Paltz ©
New Paltz is a town in Ulster County, New York, United States. You'll find plenty of places to visit near New Paltz: St Mary's Episcopal Church (in Cold Spring), Plattekill Mountain (in Roxbury) and Schunnemunk State Park (in New Windsor). There's lots more to do: view the masterpieces at DM Weil Gallery, take in the awesome beauty at Shawangunk Mountains, make a trip to Art Centro, and pause for some serene contemplation at Cragsmoor Stone Church.

For other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the New Paltz sightseeing planning site .

Traveling by car from New York City to New Paltz takes 2 hours. Expect a bit cooler evenings in New Paltz when traveling from New York City in April, with lows around 37°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Lake George.

Things to do in New Paltz

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Poughkeepsie, Minnewaska State Park Preserve, Schunnemunk State Park, Plattekill Mountain, Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum
Highlights from your plan
DM Weil Gallery ©
DM Weil Gallery
Minnewaska State Park Preserve ©
Minnewaska State Park Preserve
Shawangunk Mountains ©
Shawangunk Mountains

3
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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Lake George: USS Slater DE-766 (in Albany), Oak Mountain Ski Center (in Speculator) and Ulysses S. Grant Cottage (in Wilton). There's lots more to do: relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, cast your line with a fishing tour, examine the collection at Patriot of Lake George Museum, and admire the landmark architecture of The Barn.

To find out how to plan a trip to Lake George, use our trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from New Paltz to Lake George takes 2.5 hours. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from New Paltz in April: highs in Lake George hover around 56°F, while lows dip to 33°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Mon) early enough to travel to Auburn.

Things to do in Lake George

Outdoors Museums Tours

Side Trips

Bolton Landing, USS Slater DE-766, Oak Mountain Ski Center, Ulysses S. Grant Cottage, The Barn
Highlights from your plan
Oak Mountain Ski Center ©
Oak Mountain Ski Center
USS Slater DE-766 ©
USS Slater DE-766
Ulysses S. Grant Cottage ©
Ulysses S. Grant Cottage

4
nights
Auburn

Auburn ©
Auburn is a city in Cayuga County, New York, United States, located at the north end of Owasco Lake, one of the Finger Lakes, in Central New York. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Auburn: Boundary Breaks Winery (in Lodi), Peter Whitmer Log Home (in Waterloo) and Hermann J. Wiemer Vineyard (in Dundee). The adventure continues: do a tasting at Silver Springs Winery L.L.C., sample the fine beverages at 1911 Spirits, take in the pleasant sights at Cayuga-Seneca Canal, and get outside with Skeanateales NY.

For maps, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Auburn trip planner .

You can drive from Lake George to Auburn in 3.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 56°F in April, and nighttime lows around 35°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Fri) early enough to travel to Rochester.

Things to do in Auburn

Wineries Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Waterloo, Skaneateles, Skeanateales NY, South Shore Marina on Owasco Lake, Silver Springs Winery L.L.C.
Highlights from your plan
Silver Springs Winery L.L.C. ©
Silver Springs Winery L.L.C.
Seward House Museum ©
Seward House Museum
Hermann J. Wiemer Vineyard ©
Hermann J. Wiemer Vineyard

5
nights
Rochester

Rochester ©
Blending big-city culture with small-town charm, Rochester sits on the southern shore of Lake Ontario.
Get out of town with these interesting Rochester side-trips: Shadow Hills Maple Syrup Farm (in Ontario), Erie Canal Park at Macedon (in Macedon) and Corning (Corning Museum of Glass & West End Gallery). There's much more to do: have fun and explore at The Strong National Museum of Play, browse the exhibits of Valentown Museum, tour the pleasant surroundings at Highland Park, and identify plant and animal life at Lazy Acre Alpacas.

Plan a trip to Rochester easily and quickly by telling Inspirock to suggest an itinerary.

Traveling by car from Auburn to Rochester takes 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 56°F in April, and nighttime lows around 36°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Niagara Falls.

Things to do in Rochester

Parks Museums Outdoors

Side Trips

Pittsford, Corning, Victor, Schutt's Apple Mill, Tree Creations in Geneseo
Highlights from your plan
Powder Mills Park ©
Powder Mills Park
The Strong National Museum of Play ©
The Strong National Museum of Play
Shadow Hills Maple Syrup Farm ©
Shadow Hills Maple Syrup Farm

6
nights
Niagara Falls

Niagara Falls ©
The city of Niagara Falls houses the U.S.
When in Niagara Falls, make a side trip to see Our Lady of Victory Basilica in Lackawanna, approximately 36 minutes away. The adventure continues: explore the different monuments and memorials at Oakwood Cemetery Heritage Foundation, get curious at Niagara Aerospace Museum, Head underground at Cave of the Winds, and get engrossed in the history at Niagara Falls Underground Railroad Heritage Center.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Niagara Falls online trip builder .

Traveling by car from Rochester to Niagara Falls takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In April, daily temperatures in Niagara Falls can reach 55°F, while at night they dip to 35°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Niagara Falls

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trip

Our Lady of Victory Basilica
Highlights from your plan
Our Lady of Victory Basilica ©
Our Lady of Victory Basilica
Oakwood Cemetery Heritage Foundation ©
Niagara Falls ©
Niagara Falls

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