36 days in New York State & Lake Tahoe (California) Itinerary

36 days in New York State & Lake Tahoe (California) Itinerary

Created using Inspirock United States planner

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New York City
— 7 nights
Fly
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Truckee
— 6 nights
Drive
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South Lake Tahoe
— 8 nights
Fly
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Niagara Falls
— 5 nights
Drive
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Rochester
— 4 nights
Drive
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Watkins Glen
— 3 nights
Drive
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Ticonderoga
— 2 nights
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New York City

— 7 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.
New York City is known for museums, nightlife, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: walk around Central Park, wander the streets of Times Square, contemplate the long history of 9/11 Memorial, and pause for some photo ops at Statue of Liberty National Monument.

To see ratings, maps, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the New York City visit site.

Use the Route module to see travel options from your home to New York City. Expect a daytime high around 80°F in June, and nighttime lows around 65°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sat) early enough to fly to Truckee.

Things to do in New York City

Museums · Parks · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods

Truckee

— 6 nights
Truckee is an incorporated town in Nevada County, California, United States. Change things up with these side-trips from Truckee: Tahoe City (Tahoe City - South/North Trailheads & Skylandia Park), Homewood (SWA Watersports & Tahoe Maritime Museum) and Five Lakes Creek Trailhead (in Olympic Valley). And it doesn't end there: see what you can catch with Matt Heron Fly Fishing, go for a stroll along the water at Donner Lake Watersports & Marina, walk around Kings Beach State Recreation Area, and explore the landscape on two wheels at Truckee Bike Park.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, read our Truckee route planner.

Traveling by flight from New York City to Truckee takes 8 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Pacific Standard Time is minus 3 hours. Expect colder evenings in Truckee when traveling from New York City in July, with lows around 40°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Fri) to allow time to drive to South Lake Tahoe.

Things to do in Truckee

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature

Side Trips

South Lake Tahoe

— 8 nights
High in the Sierra Nevada mountains on the shore of one of America’s most scenic lakes, South Lake Tahoe captures the spirit of the outdoors and serves as a hub for tourism activities surrounding the lake.
Explore South Lake Tahoe's surroundings by going to Hellman-Ehrman Mansion (in Tahoe City) and Eagle Rock Hiking Trail (in Homewood). Next up on the itinerary: indulge your senses at Wine Tours From Tahoe, tour the pleasant surroundings at Mt. Tallac Trail, experience rural life at Tahoe Trout Farm, and hike along Rubicon Trail.

To see more things to do, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the South Lake Tahoe route planner.

Traveling by car from Truckee to South Lake Tahoe takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Truckee in July since evenings lows in South Lake Tahoe dip to 46°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sat) early enough to fly to Niagara Falls.

Things to do in South Lake Tahoe

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Beaches

Side Trips

Niagara Falls

— 5 nights

Honeymoon Capital of the World

The city of Niagara Falls houses the U.S. half of the famous waterfall that straddles the border between Canada and the United States.
Explore Niagara Falls' surroundings by going to Grape Discovery Center (in Westfield), Panama Rocks Scenic Park (in Panama) and Lake View Cemetery (in Jamestown). And it doesn't end there: Head underground at Cave of the Winds, go for a walk through Goat Island, hike along Niagara Gorge Trail, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Devil's Hole State Park.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Niagara Falls trip planner.

You can fly from South Lake Tahoe to Niagara Falls in 9 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. The time zone difference moving from Pacific Standard Time (PST) to Eastern Standard Time (EST) is 3 hours. Traveling from South Lake Tahoe in July, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Niagara Falls, with lows around 63°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Rochester.

Things to do in Niagara Falls

Parks · Nature · Trails · Outdoors

Side Trips

Rochester

— 4 nights

Flower City

Blending big-city culture with small-town charm, Rochester sits on the southern shore of Lake Ontario.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Rochester: Seward House Museum (in Auburn) and Book of Mormon Publication Site (in Palmyra). The adventure continues: sample some tasty brews at Crush Beer & Wine Tours, steep yourself in history at Valentown Museum, take a tour by water with Rochester Sport Fishing, and get engrossed in the history at The Strong National Museum of Play.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Rochester travel route planner.

Drive from Niagara Falls to Rochester in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In July in Rochester, expect temperatures between 81°F during the day and 62°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Mon) so you can go by car to Watkins Glen.

Things to do in Rochester

Tours · Historic Sites · Breweries & Distilleries · Wineries

Side Trips

Watkins Glen

— 3 nights
Watkins Glen is a village in Schuyler County, New York, United States. Get out of town with these interesting Watkins Glen side-trips: Glenn H. Curtiss Museum (in Hammondsport) and Naples (Wohlschlegel's Naples Maple Farm & Parish Glen / Conklin Gully). Next up on the itinerary: do a tasting at Silver Springs Winery L.L.C., admire the artistry at West End Gallery, make a trip to Hector Falls, and immerse yourself in nature at Watkins Glen State Park.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Watkins Glen journey builder.

You can drive from Rochester to Watkins Glen in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or take a bus. In July, daytime highs in Watkins Glen are 83°F, while nighttime lows are 59°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Thu) early enough to travel to Ticonderoga.

Things to do in Watkins Glen

Museums · Wineries · Parks · Trails

Side Trips

Ticonderoga

— 2 nights
Ticonderoga is a town in Essex County, New York, United States. On the 30th (Fri), engage your brain at Star Trek Original Series Set Tour, examine the collection at The Hancock House, then cast your line with a fishing tour, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Schroon Lake Town Beach. On your second day here, explore the activities along Minerva Lake, then get outside with Square Eddy Expeditions, and then make a trip to North Creek Mosaic Project.

For maps, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Ticonderoga travel planner.

You can drive from Watkins Glen to Ticonderoga in 5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of car and flight. In July, daytime highs in Ticonderoga are 80°F, while nighttime lows are 60°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Sat) so you can go by car back home.

Things to do in Ticonderoga

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Museums

Side Trips

New York State travel guide

4.5
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.

Lake Tahoe (California) travel guide

4.3
Zipline · Ski Areas · State Parks
Lake of the Sky
Straddling the border between California and Nevada, Lake Tahoe draws visitors from both states and beyond to its shores. With an average of 300 sunny days annually, it's no surprise that the lake is a favorite among outdoor enthusiasts. The blue-green waters beckon travelers for swimming, boating, windsurfing, or kayaking. The lake also has a number of walking trails for those who don't want to get wet. In the colder months, skiers take to the surrounding mountains. The south shore is the most developed side of the lake, with more things to do, while the west and north shores are generally more tranquil.