8 days in New York City, Niagara Falls & Kentucky Itinerary

8 days in New York City, Niagara Falls & Kentucky Itinerary

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8 days in New York City, Niagara Falls & Kentucky Itinerary

Start: New York City
1
New York City
— 3 nights
Fly + bus:  5​h 30​min
2
Niagara Falls
— 1 night
Drive:  9​h 45​min
3
Cave City
— 1 night
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  6​h 30​min
End: New York City

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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.
Family-friendly places like Central Park and The Metropolitan Museum of Art will thrill your kids. When in New York City, make a side trip to see Bronx Zoo in Bronx, approximately 36 minutes away. There's still lots to do: don't miss a visit to Empire State Building, take in panoramic vistas at Top of the Rock, admire the striking features of Federal Hall, and stroll around World Trade Center's Liberty Park.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, read New York City online trip itinerary maker .

The Route module can give you travel options from your home to New York City. In July, plan for daily highs up to 86°F, and evening lows to 72°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Niagara Falls.

Things to do in New York City

Parks Museums Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

Bronx Zoo
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Central Park ©
Central Park
The Metropolitan Museum of Art ©
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Statue of Liberty National Monument ©

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Niagara Falls

Niagara Falls ©
The city of Niagara Falls houses the U.S.
On the 24th (Wed), observe the fascinating underwater world at Aquarium of Niagara, then explore the fascinating underground world of Cave of the Winds, and then take in the dramatic scenery at Niagara Falls. Here are some ideas for day two: see the interesting displays at Niagara Falls Discovery Center, immerse yourself in nature at Whirlpool State Park, and then get outside with Niagara Jet Adventures.

To see ratings, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, read our Niagara Falls route planning app .

Getting from New York City to Niagara Falls by combination of flight and bus takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from New York City in July; daily highs in Niagara Falls reach 81°F and lows reach 63°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Cave City.

Things to do in Niagara Falls

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Niagara Jet Adventures
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Cave of the Winds ©
Cave of the Winds
Aquarium of Niagara ©
Aquarium of Niagara
Niagara Falls Discovery Center ©
Niagara Falls Discovery Center

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Cave City

Cave City ©
Originally intended as a resort city to serve the Mammoth Cave attraction, Cave City has taken on a life of its own.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Fri): see the interesting displays at Dinosaur World, then Head underground at Onyx Cave, then trek along Fat Man's Misery, and finally Head underground at Mammoth Cave National Park. Keep things going the next day: see the interesting displays at National Corvette Museum and then take a memorable tour with Tours.

To see other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Cave City trip itinerary app .

Traveling by car from Niagara Falls to Cave City takes 10 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Central Standard Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. Expect a daytime high around 86°F in July, and nighttime lows around 67°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Cave City

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Mammoth Cave National Park, National Corvette Museum
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Fat Man's Misery ©
Fat Man's Misery
Dinosaur World ©
Dinosaur World
Onyx Cave ©
Onyx Cave

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