8 days in New York State Itinerary

8 days in New York State Itinerary

Make it your trip
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New York City
— 2 nights
Fly
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Lake George
— 1 night
Drive
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Cooperstown
— 1 night
Drive
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Watkins Glen
— 1 night
Drive
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Niagara Falls
— 2 nights
Fly

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New York City — 2 nights

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 sightseeing, museums, and nightlife. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: don't miss a visit to Central Park, admire the striking features of Rockefeller Center, visit Times Square, and take in panoramic vistas at Empire State Building.

To see reviews, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the New York City trip itinerary maker.

Use the Route module to see 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. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Fri) to allow enough time to fly to Lake George.
Parks · Museums · Neighborhoods · Historic Sites

Lake George — 1 night

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.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Sat): head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, take in the awesome beauty at Prospect Mountain, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Lake George.

To see other places to visit, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Lake George road trip planning tool.

Traveling by flight from New York City to Lake George takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from New York City in July, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Lake George, with lows of 60°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Cooperstown.
Nature · Parks · Tours · Wildlife

Cooperstown — 1 night

Best known as the home of the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum, Cooperstown embraces Americana.
On the 11th (Sun), examine the collection at National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum and then play a few rounds at Leatherstocking Golf Course.

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You can drive from Lake George to Cooperstown in 2.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In July in Cooperstown, expect temperatures between 80°F during the day and 60°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Watkins Glen.
Museums · Golf · Outdoors

Watkins Glen — 1 night

Watkins Glen is a village in Schuyler County, New York, United States. Start off your visit on the 12th (Mon): examine the collection at Corning Museum of Glass, then take in the dramatic scenery at Deckertown Falls, and then immerse yourself in nature at Watkins Glen State Park.

For photos, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, read Watkins Glen trip planner.

You can drive from Cooperstown to Watkins Glen in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 83°F in July, and nighttime lows around 59°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Niagara Falls.
Museums · Nature · Parks
Side Trips

Niagara Falls — 2 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.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Tue): go for a walk through Goat Island, Head underground at Cave of the Winds, then admire the sheer force of Niagara Falls, and finally take in the dramatic scenery at Bridal Veil Falls. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 14th (Wed): get the lay of the land with Walking tours, admire the striking features of Frank Lloyd Wright's Martin House, and then make a trip to Canalside.

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Drive from Watkins Glen to Niagara Falls in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, bus, and train; or take a bus. In July in Niagara Falls, expect temperatures between 81°F during the day and 63°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Wed) to allow enough time to fly back home.
Nature · Parks · Tours · Historic Sites
Side Trip

New York State travel guide

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Scenic Walking Areas · Observation Decks · Historic Sites
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.