8 days in New York State Itinerary

8 days in New York State Itinerary

Make it your trip
Fly
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New York City
— 4 nights
Fly
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Rochester
— 2 nights
Drive
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Buffalo
— 1 night
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New York City — 4 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, take in panoramic vistas at Top of the Rock, admire the landmark architecture of Empire State Building, and wander the streets of Times Square.

To find reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our New York City itinerary planner.

Tampa to New York City is an approximately 4.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Expect much colder weather when traveling from Tampa in May: highs in New York City hover around 69°F, while lows dip to 55°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Fri) so you can fly to Rochester.
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Parks · Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods

Rochester — 2 nights

Blending big-city culture with small-town charm, Rochester sits on the southern shore of Lake Ontario.
On the 14th (Sat), identify plant and animal life at Fish Hatchery at Powder Mills Park, then look for all kinds of wild species at Lazy Acre Alpacas, and then admire the landmark architecture of The Wadsworth Homestead. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: identify plant and animal life at Huckleberry Swamp and then identify plant and animal life at Montezuma Audubon Center.

To see photos, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Rochester itinerary builder.

Traveling by flight from New York City to Rochester takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from New York City in May, Rochester is a bit cooler at night with lows of 49°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Buffalo.
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Side Trips

Buffalo — 1 night

The most populous city in the state after New York, Buffalo serves as the gateway to Niagara Falls and Canada for many travelers.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Mon): identify plant and animal life at Penn Dixie Fossil Park & Nature Reserve and then look for all kinds of wild species at Reinstein Woods Nature Preserve.

To see where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Buffalo travel route builder tool.

You can drive from Rochester to Buffalo in 1.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and taxi; or take a bus. In May in Buffalo, expect temperatures between 69°F during the day and 50°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Mon) to allow time to fly back home.
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New York State travel guide

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Observation Decks · Scenic Walking Areas · 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.
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