8 days in Niagara Falls, Adirondacks & Watkins Glen Itinerary

8 days in Niagara Falls, Adirondacks & Watkins Glen Itinerary

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8 days in Niagara Falls, Adirondacks & Watkins Glen Itinerary

Start: Amsterdam
Fly + train:  12​h 15​min
1
Niagara Falls
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h 45​min
2
Lake George
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 45​min
3
Watkins Glen
— 2 nights
Fly:  15​h 15​min
End: Amsterdam

2
nights
Niagara Falls

Niagara Falls ©
The city of Niagara Falls houses the U.S.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Thu): admire the sheer force of Niagara Falls. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: meet the residents at Aquarium of Niagara, then Head underground at Cave of the Winds, and then admire the sheer force of Bridal Veil Falls.

To find ratings, photos, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Niagara Falls journey builder .

Amsterdam, The Netherlands to Niagara Falls is an approximately 12.5-hour combination of flight and train. You can also fly; or do a combination of train and flight. The time zone changes from Central European Time to Eastern Standard Time, which is usually a -6 hour difference. While traveling from Amsterdam, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Niagara Falls, ranging from highs of 31°C to lows of 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Lake George.

Things to do in Niagara Falls

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Niagara Jet Adventures
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Niagara Falls ©
Niagara Falls
Cave of the Winds ©
Cave of the Winds
Bridal Veil Falls ©
Bridal Veil Falls

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Sun): make a splash at The Great Escape and Splashwater Kingdom, brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Lake George Distilling Company, then do a tasting at Adirondack Winery, and finally contemplate the waterfront views at Lake George. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 5th (Mon): take in the awesome beauty at Prospect Mountain, get outside with Square Eddy Expeditions, and then get your game on at Oscar's Smoke House.

To find where to stay, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Lake George route planning site .

You can drive from Niagara Falls to Lake George in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of flight and bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to 31°C, and evening lows to 16°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Mon) so you can go by car to Watkins Glen.

Things to do in Lake George

Nature Parks Theme Parks

Side Trips

Oscar's Smoke House, Square Eddy Expeditions, The Great Escape and Splashwater Kingdom
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Lake George ©
Lake George
Square Eddy Expeditions ©
Square Eddy Expeditions

2
nights
Watkins Glen

Watkins Glen ©
Watkins Glen is a village in Schuyler County, New York, United States. Kick off your visit on the 6th (Tue): see the interesting displays at Corning Museum of Glass, then indulge your thirst for a good beer at Horseheads Brewing, and then immerse yourself in nature at Watkins Glen State Park. On your second day here, get engrossed in the history at Glenn H. Curtiss Museum, then admire all the interesting features of Seneca Lake Wine Trail, and then admire the majestic nature at Taughannock Falls State Park.

To find photos, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Watkins Glen trip itinerary planning tool .

Traveling by car from Lake George to Watkins Glen takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and car; or do a combination of bus and flight. August in Watkins Glen sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 15°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Watkins Glen

Museums Nature Parks

Side Trips

Taughannock Falls State Park, Glenn H. Curtiss Museum, Corning Museum of Glass, Horseheads Brewing
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Watkins Glen State Park ©
Watkins Glen State Park
Taughannock Falls State Park ©
Taughannock Falls State Park
Seneca Lake Wine Trail ©
Seneca Lake Wine Trail

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