11 days in New York State Itinerary

11 days in New York State Itinerary

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11 days in New York State Itinerary

Start: Washington DC
Fly:  3​h 15​min
1
New York City
— 5 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
2
Cooperstown
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
3
Watkins Glen
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
4
Rochester
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
5
Niagara Falls
— 2 nights
Bus + Fly:  4​h 30​min
End: Washington DC

5
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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like New York Public Library and World Trade Center's Liberty Park. Kids will enjoy Central Park and The Metropolitan Museum of Art. There's still lots to do: admire the landmark architecture of Empire State Building, take in the views from Brooklyn Bridge, make a trip to Grand Central Terminal, and appreciate the history behind 9/11 Memorial.

For other places to visit, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the New York City journey planner .

Washington DC to New York City is an approximately 3.5-hour flight. You can also take a train; or drive. In December in New York City, expect temperatures between 48°F during the day and 36°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Cooperstown.

Things to do in New York City

Museums Parks Historic Sites
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Central Park ©
Central Park
The Metropolitan Museum of Art ©
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Statue of Liberty National Monument ©
Statue of Liberty National Monument

1
night
Cooperstown

Cooperstown ©
Best known as the home of the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum, Cooperstown embraces Americana.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Wed): examine the collection at National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum and then sample the tasty concoctions at Cooperstown Brewing Company.

For more things to do, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Cooperstown trip itinerary site .

Drive from New York City to Cooperstown in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from New York City in December: high temperatures in Cooperstown hover around 36°F and lows are around 23°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Wed) so you can go by car to Watkins Glen.

Things to do in Cooperstown

Museums Breweries & Distilleries

Side Trip

Cooperstown Brewing Company
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Cooperstown Brewing Company ©
Cooperstown Brewing Company

1
night
Watkins Glen

Watkins Glen ©
Watkins Glen is a village in Schuyler County, New York, United States. Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Thu): admire the majestic nature at Taughannock Falls State Park and then immerse yourself in nature at Watkins Glen State Park.

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Drive from Cooperstown to Watkins Glen in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In January, daytime highs in Watkins Glen are 33°F, while nighttime lows are 15°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu) to allow time to drive to Rochester.

Things to do in Watkins Glen

Parks Nature

Side Trip

Taughannock Falls State Park
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Watkins Glen State Park ©
Watkins Glen State Park
Taughannock Falls State Park ©
Taughannock Falls State Park

1
night
Rochester

Rochester ©
Blending big-city culture with small-town charm, Rochester sits on the southern shore of Lake Ontario.
On the 3rd (Fri), see the interesting displays at George Eastman Museum and then have fun and explore at The Strong National Museum of Play.

For more things to do, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Rochester day trip planner.

You can drive from Watkins Glen to Rochester in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In January, daily temperatures in Rochester can reach 33°F, while at night they dip to 18°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) so you can go by car to Niagara Falls.

Things to do in Rochester

Museums Childrens Museums
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The Strong National Museum of Play ©
George Eastman Museum ©
George Eastman Museum

2
nights
Niagara Falls

Niagara Falls ©
The city of Niagara Falls houses the U.S.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Sat): take in the dramatic scenery at Niagara Falls, then take an in-depth tour of Niagara Falls Underground Railroad Heritage Center, then Head underground at Cave of the Winds, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Mary of the Cataract R. C. Parish. Here are some ideas for day two: brush up on your military savvy at Buffalo & Erie County Naval and Military Park, then admire the striking features of Frank Lloyd Wright's Darwin D. Martin House Complex, then make a trip to Canalside, and finally make a trip to Old Falls Street.

For ratings, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Niagara Falls vacation site .

You can drive from Rochester to Niagara Falls in 2 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In January, daily temperatures in Niagara Falls can reach 32°F, while at night they dip to 18°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Niagara Falls

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trip

Buffalo
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Niagara Falls ©
Niagara Falls
Cave of the Winds ©
Cave of the Winds

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