42 days in New York State Itinerary

42 days in New York State Itinerary

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42 days in New York State Itinerary

Start: New York City
1
New York City
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
Saugerties
— 5 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
3
Cooperstown
— 6 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
4
Lake George
— 5 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
5
Lake Placid
— 5 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
6
Alexandria Bay
— 5 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
7
Rochester
— 5 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
8
Watkins Glen
— 5 nights
Fly + bus:  3​h 45​min
End: New York City

5
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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like 9/11 Memorial and St. Patrick's Cathedral. Get a sense of the local culture at The Metropolitan Museum of Art and Statue of Liberty National Monument. Next up on the itinerary: take in the pleasant sights at Central Park, enjoy breathtaking views from Empire State Building, explore the world behind art at The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), and get a new perspective on nature at American Museum of Natural History.

For maps, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the New York City trip planner .

The Route module can give you travel options from your home to New York City. In July, daily temperatures in New York City can reach 86°F, while at night they dip to 72°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Saugerties.

Things to do in New York City

Museums Historic Sites Parks
Highlights from your plan
The Metropolitan Museum of Art ©
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
9/11 Memorial ©
9/11 Memorial
New York Public Library ©
New York Public Library

5
nights
Saugerties

Saugerties ©
You'll explore and learn at Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum and Albert Shahinian Fine Art. Popular historic sites such as Thomas Cole National Historic Site and Home of Franklin D. Roosevelt are in your itinerary. Change things up with these side-trips from Saugerties: Belleayre Beach (in Pine Hill), Giant Ledge and Panther Mountain (in Big Indian) and Walkway Over the Hudson State Historic Park (in Poughkeepsie).

To see maps, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Saugerties tour itinerary planning site .

Traveling by car from New York City to Saugerties takes 2 hours. Expect little chillier evenings in Saugerties when traveling from New York City in July, with lows around 64°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Cooperstown.

Things to do in Saugerties

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trips

Hyde Park, Giant Ledge and Panther Mountain, Kaaterskill Falls, Albert Shahinian Fine Art, Thomas Cole National Historic Site
Highlights from your plan
Home of Franklin D. Roosevelt ©
Home of Franklin D. Roosevelt
Old Rhinebeck Aerodrome ©
Old Rhinebeck Aerodrome

6
nights
Cooperstown

Cooperstown ©
Best known as the home of the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum, Cooperstown embraces Americana.
Your inner history buff will appreciate The Farmers' Museum and Holy Trinity Monastery. Get some cultural insight at National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum and Fenimore Art Museum. Get out of town with these interesting Cooperstown side-trips: Bouchoux Trail - Jensen's Ledges (in Hancock), Norwich (Northeast Classic Car Museum & Chenango County Historical Society Museum) and Hanford Mills Museum (in Meredith). There's much more to do: take in the dramatic scenery at High Falls Trail, contemplate the waterfront views at Otsego Lake, steep yourself in history at Hyde Hall, and stop by Riverwood Gifts.

To find more things to do, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Cooperstown tour itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Saugerties to Cooperstown takes 2 hours. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Saugerties in July: highs in Cooperstown hover around 80°F, while lows dip to 60°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Lake George.

Things to do in Cooperstown

Museums Parks Nature

Side Trips

Norwich, Hudson River, Bouchoux Trail - Jensen's Ledges, High Falls Trail, Holy Trinity Monastery
Highlights from your plan
Northeast Classic Car Museum ©
Northeast Classic Car Museum
Hanford Mills Museum ©
Hanford Mills Museum

5
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 explore the less-touristy side of things at Square Eddy Expeditions and Lake George. You'll explore and learn at Fort Ticonderoga and The Hyde Collection Art Museum and Historic Home. Explore Lake George's surroundings by going to Ticonderoga (King's Garden & Mt. Defiance), Natural Stone Bridge and Caves (in Pottersville) and Schroon Lake Town Beach (in Schroon Lake). The adventure continues: get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, learn about winemaking at Adirondack Winery, look for gifts at Lake George Olive Oil Co., and look for all kinds of wild species at Prospect Mountain.

To see other places to visit, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Lake George trip itinerary app .

Getting from Cooperstown to Lake George by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 82°F in July, and nighttime lows around 60°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sun) early enough to drive to Lake Placid.

Things to do in Lake George

Outdoors Parks Nature

Side Trips

Ticonderoga, Oscar's Smoke House, Schroon Lake Town Beach, Natural Stone Bridge and Caves, Square Eddy Expeditions
Highlights from your plan
Square Eddy Expeditions ©
Square Eddy Expeditions
Prospect Mountain ©
Prospect Mountain
Fort Ticonderoga ©
Fort Ticonderoga

5
nights
Lake Placid

Lake Placid ©
Lake Placid is a village in the Adirondack Mountains in Essex County, New York, United States. Step out of the city life by going to Adirondack Experience, The Museum on Blue Mountain Lake and Lake Minerva. Step off the beaten path and head to Whiteface Mountain and The Wild Center. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Lake Placid: Buttermilk Falls (in Long Lake) and Camp Santanoni (in Newcomb). Next up on the itinerary: get in on the family fun at Adirondack Carousel, explore and take pictures at Uihlein Sugar Maple Research & Extension Field Station, stop by Just Bead It, and shop like a local with Adirondack Artists Guild.

To find maps, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Lake Placid online trip itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from Lake George to Lake Placid takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Lake George in August: high temperatures in Lake Placid hover around 75°F and lows are around 49°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Fri) so you can drive to Alexandria Bay.

Things to do in Lake Placid

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Saranac Lake, Whiteface Mountain, The Wild Center, Adirondack Experience, The Museum on Blue Mountain Lake, Lake Minerva
Highlights from your plan
Whiteface Mountain ©
Whiteface Mountain
The Wild Center ©
The Wild Center

5
nights
Alexandria Bay

Alexandria Bay ©
Alexandria Bay is a village in Jefferson County, New York, United States. Appreciate the collections at Boldt Castle and Yacht House and Boldt Yacht House. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Minna Anthony Common Nature Center and Wellesley Island State Park. Explore Alexandria Bay's surroundings by going to Zenda Farms Preserve (in Clayton), Black River Trail (in Black River) and Sackets Harbor Battlefield State Historic Site (in Sackets Harbor). The adventure continues: step into the grandiose world of Singer Castle on Dark Island, admire the majestic nature at Robert G. Wehle State Park, stop by Nav's popcorn shop, and sample the fine beverages at Dark Island Spirits Distillery & Winery.

For other places to visit, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Alexandria Bay driving holiday planning app .

You can drive from Lake Placid to Alexandria Bay in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, train, and car; or do a combination of bus, train, and car. Traveling from Lake Placid in August, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 59°F in Alexandria Bay. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Wed) so you can drive to Rochester.

Things to do in Alexandria Bay

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Minna Anthony Common Nature Center, Black River Trail, Zenda Farms Preserve, Robert G. Wehle State Park, Sackets Harbor Battlefield State Historic Site
Highlights from your plan
Boldt Castle and Yacht House ©
Boldt Castle and Yacht House
Singer Castle on Dark Island ©
Singer Castle on Dark Island
Minna Anthony Common Nature Center ©
Minna Anthony Common Nature Center

5
nights
Rochester

Rochester ©
Blending big-city culture with small-town charm, Rochester sits on the southern shore of Lake Ontario.
Get some cultural insight at Genesee Country Village & Museum and Rochester & Genesee Valley Railroad Museum. Visit Abbey of the Genesee and Our Lady of Victory Basilica for their historical value. Get out of town with these interesting Rochester side-trips: Jell-O Gallery Museum (in Le Roy), Niagara Falls (Niagara Falls & Cave of the Winds) and Letchworth State Park (in Castile). And it doesn't end there: admire the majestic nature at Robert Treman State Park, explore the striking landscape of Stewart Park, and get a new perspective on nature at Museum of the Earth.

To find maps, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Rochester trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Alexandria Bay to Rochester in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to 80°F, and evening lows to 60°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Watkins Glen.

Things to do in Rochester

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trips

Ithaca, Niagara Falls, Abbey of the Genesee, Genesee Country Village & Museum, Letchworth State Park
Highlights from your plan
Niagara Falls ©
Niagara Falls
Cave of the Winds ©
Cave of the Winds
Letchworth State Park ©
Letchworth State Park

5
nights
Watkins Glen

Watkins Glen ©
Watkins Glen is a village in Schuyler County, New York, United States. Corning Museum of Glass and Glenn H. Curtiss Museum will appeal to museum buffs. Women's Rights National Historical Park and West End Gallery are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Get out of town with these interesting Watkins Glen side-trips: Parish Glen / Conklin Gully (in Naples), Lively Run Dairy (in Interlaken) and Elmira (Woodlawn National Cemetery & Mark Twain's Grave). There's much more to do: admire the majestic nature at Watkins Glen State Park, identify plant and animal life at Havana Glen Park, take a peaceful walk through Henry A. Smith Woods, and do a tasting at Hermann J. Wiemer Vineyard.

To see photos, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Watkins Glen sightseeing planning site .

You can drive from Rochester to Watkins Glen in 2 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In August in Watkins Glen, expect temperatures between 81°F during the day and 56°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Watkins Glen

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trips

Trumansburg, Elmira, Corning, Hammondsport, Lively Run Dairy
Highlights from your plan
Watkins Glen State Park ©
Watkins Glen State Park
Corning Museum of Glass ©
Corning Museum of Glass
Taughannock Falls State Park ©
Taughannock Falls State Park

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