42 days in New York State & Washington DC Itinerary

42 days in New York State & Washington DC Itinerary

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New York City
— 14 nights
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Niagara Falls
— 5 nights
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Rochester
— 4 nights
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Watkins Glen
— 3 nights
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Washington DC
— 14 nights
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New York City — 14 nights

Writer Pearl Buck once called New York City “a place apart,” and this giant urban center remains unlike any other in the world.
Take a break from New York City with a short trip to Bronx Zoo in Bronx, about 36 minutes away. The adventure continues: take in the pleasant sights at Central Park, take in panoramic vistas at Top of the Rock, admire the landmark architecture of Empire State Building, and make a trip to Statue of Liberty National Monument.

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Dubai, United Arab Emirates to New York City is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Gulf Standard Time (GST) to Eastern Standard Time (EST), which is usually a -9 hour difference. Expect much colder temperatures when traveling from Dubai in November; daily highs in New York City reach 16°C and lows reach 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Wed) to allow enough time to fly to Niagara Falls.
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Niagara Falls — 5 nights

The city of Niagara Falls houses the U.S. half of the famous waterfall that straddles the border between Canada and the United States.
Step out of Niagara Falls to go to Lackawanna and see Our Lady of Victory National Shrine & Basilica, which is approximately 36 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: admire the striking features of One M&T Plaza, take in the dramatic scenery at Niagara Falls, trek along Devil's Hole State Park, and make a trip to Schoellkopf Power Station.

To find traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Niagara Falls online trip planner.

Traveling by flight from New York City to Niagara Falls takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from New York City in December; daily highs in Niagara Falls reach 3°C and lows reach -3°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Mon) so you can go by car to Rochester.
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Rochester — 4 nights

Blending big-city culture with small-town charm, Rochester sits on the southern shore of Lake Ontario.
Venture out of the city with trips to Niagara Mohawk Building (in Syracuse), Skaneateles Lake (in Skaneateles) and Lazy Acre Alpacas (in Bloomfield). Next up on the itinerary: sample some tasty brews at Crush Beer & Wine Tours, see the interesting displays at Granger Homestead and Carriage Museum, brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Black Button Distilling, and explore the engaging exhibits at The Strong National Museum of Play.

For traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Rochester day trip website.

Getting from Niagara Falls to Rochester by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 4°C, and evening lows to -3°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Fri) so you can go by car to Watkins Glen.
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Watkins Glen — 3 nights

Watkins Glen is a village in Schuyler County, New York, United States. Change things up with these side-trips from Watkins Glen: Glenn H. Curtiss Museum (in Hammondsport) and Woodlawn National Cemetery (in Elmira). Next up on the itinerary: do a tasting at Silver Springs Winery L.L.C. and examine the collection at Corning Museum of Glass.

To find where to stay, maps, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Watkins Glen online trip itinerary builder.

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 December in Watkins Glen, expect temperatures between 5°C during the day and -3°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Mon) early enough to catch the flight to Washington DC.
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Washington DC — 14 nights

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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Washington DC: National Museum of the Marine Corps (in Triangle), Gari Melchers Home and Studio (in Falmouth) and Old Rag Mountain Hike (in Shenandoah National Park). There's still lots to do: admire the masterpieces at National Gallery of Art, see the interesting displays at National Air and Space Museum, admire the striking features of Washington National Cathedral, and ponder the world of politics at United States Capitol.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, use the Washington DC trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Watkins Glen to Washington DC takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Watkins Glen in December: high temperatures in Washington DC hover around 12°C and lows are around 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Mon) to allow enough time to fly back home.
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New York State travel guide

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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.
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