15 days in New York State Itinerary

15 days in New York State Itinerary

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15 days in New York State Itinerary

Start: San Francisco
Fly + Bus:  10​h 15​min
1
Niagara Falls
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
2
Alexandria Bay
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 15​min
3
Lake Placid
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
4
Lake George
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 45​min
5
Hyde Park
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
6
New York City
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
7
Long Beach
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  9​h
End: San Francisco

3
nights
Niagara Falls

Niagara Falls ©
The city of Niagara Falls houses the U.S.
Get some cultural insight at Frank Lloyd Wright's Darwin D. Martin House Complex and Niagara Falls Underground Railroad Heritage Center. Visit Our Lady of Victory Basilica and St. Mary of the Cataract R. C. Parish for their historical value. Explore Niagara Falls' surroundings by going to Buffalo (Buffalo & Erie County Naval and Military Park & Times Beach Preserve). Next up on the itinerary: Head underground at Cave of the Winds, admire the majestic nature at Devil's Hole State Park, take in the dramatic scenery at Niagara Falls, and hike along Niagara Gorge Trail.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, read Niagara Falls visit planner .

San Francisco to Niagara Falls is an approximately 10.5-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Traveling from San Francisco to Niagara Falls, you'll lose 3 hours due to the time zone difference. In September, plan for daily highs up to 75°F, and evening lows to 55°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Alexandria Bay.

Things to do in Niagara Falls

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Buffalo, Our Lady of Victory Basilica
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Cave of the Winds ©
Cave of the Winds
Niagara Falls ©
Niagara Falls

1
night
Alexandria Bay

Alexandria Bay ©
Alexandria Bay is a village in Jefferson County, New York, United States. Kick off your visit on the 6th (Fri): admire the majestic nature at Grass Point State Park, get engrossed in the history at Boldt Castle and Yacht House, then head off the coast to Antique Boat Museum, and finally look for all kinds of wild species at Zenda Farms Preserve.

To find more things to do, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Alexandria Bay trip itinerary planning website .

Getting from Niagara Falls to Alexandria Bay by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train, flight, and car; or do a combination of train and car. Expect a daytime high around 72°F in September, and nighttime lows around 52°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Fri) so you can drive to Lake Placid.

Things to do in Alexandria Bay

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trip

Clayton
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Boldt Castle and Yacht House ©
Boldt Castle and Yacht House
Antique Boat Museum ©
Antique Boat Museum
Grass Point State Park ©
Grass Point State Park

2
nights
Lake Placid

Lake Placid ©
Lake Placid is a village in the Adirondack Mountains in Essex County, New York, United States. On the 7th (Sat), take in the awesome beauty at Whiteface Mountain, then stop by Saratoga Olive Oil, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Mirror Lake. On the next day, look for all kinds of wild species at The Wild Center and then get great views at Olympic Ski Jump Complex.

To find maps, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Lake Placid trip itinerary maker tool .

You can drive from Alexandria Bay to Lake Placid in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car, train, and bus; or do a combination of car, bus, and train. Traveling from Alexandria Bay in September, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Lake Placid, with lows of 41°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sun) early enough to drive to Lake George.

Things to do in Lake Placid

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Whiteface Mountain, The Wild Center
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Whiteface Mountain ©
Whiteface Mountain
The Wild Center ©
The Wild Center
Mirror Lake ©
Mirror Lake

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 9th (Mon): explore the activities along Lake George, then take in the awesome beauty at Prospect Mountain, and then contemplate the long history of Ulysses S. Grant Cottage.

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Drive from Lake Placid to Lake George in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Lake Placid in September, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 49°F in Lake George. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Hyde Park.

Things to do in Lake George

Nature Parks Wildlife

Side Trip

Ulysses S. Grant Cottage
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Prospect Mountain ©
Prospect Mountain
Ulysses S. Grant Cottage ©
Ulysses S. Grant Cottage
Lake George ©
Lake George

1
night
Hyde Park

Hyde Park ©
Hyde Park is a town in Dutchess County, New York, bordering the Hudson River north of Poughkeepsie. Kick off your visit on the 10th (Tue): steep yourself in history at Vanderbilt Mansion National Historic Site, then steep yourself in history at Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum, then steep yourself in history at Home of Franklin D. Roosevelt, and finally snap pictures at Walkway Over the Hudson State Historic Park.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, read our Hyde Park trip itinerary website .

You can drive from Lake George to Hyde Park in 3 hours. Other options are to take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. In September, plan for daily highs up to 78°F, and evening lows to 53°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Tue) so you can go by car to New York City.

Things to do in Hyde Park

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Walkway Over the Hudson State Historic Park
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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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at 9/11 Memorial and New York Public Library. Popular historic sites such as St. Patrick's Cathedral and Tiles For America are in your itinerary. There's much more to do: browse the exhibits of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, take a stroll through Fifth Avenue, learn more about the world around you at American Museum of Natural History, and make a trip to Central Park.

For where to stay, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the New York City trip builder app .

Drive from Hyde Park to New York City in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Hyde Park in September, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in New York City, with lows of 66°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Long Beach.

Things to do in New York City

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

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nights
Long Beach

Long Beach ©
Long Beach is a city in Nassau County, New York, United States. On the 15th (Sun), enjoy the sand and surf at Lido West Beach and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Kismet Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 16th (Mon): enjoy the sand and surf at Gilgo Beach and then kick back and relax at Lido Beach.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Long Beach trip builder .

Getting from New York City to Long Beach by car takes about 1.5 hours. In September, plan for daily highs up to 78°F, and evening lows to 62°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Long Beach

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trips

Kismet Beach, Lido Beach, Gilgo Beach
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Lido West Beach ©
Lido West Beach

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