34 days in New York State Itinerary

34 days in New York State Itinerary

Created using Inspirock New York State holiday planner

Make it your trip
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Buffalo
— 3 nights
Drive
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Corning
— 2 nights
Drive
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Cooperstown
— 6 nights
Drive
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Lake Placid
— 4 nights
Drive
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Lake George
— 4 nights
Drive
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Hyde Park
— 2 nights
Drive
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New York City
— 12 nights
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Buffalo

— 3 nights

Queen City

The most populous city in the state after New York, Buffalo serves as the gateway to Niagara Falls and Canada for many travelers.
Visit Frank Lloyd Wright's Martin House and Our Lady of Victory National Shrine & Basilica for their historical value. Discover out-of-the-way places like The Strong National Museum of Play and Niagara Wine Trail USA. Explore Buffalo's surroundings by going to Niagara Falls (Niagara Falls & Bridal Veil Falls). Next up on the itinerary: relax and rejuvenate at Soma Cura Wellness Center and immerse yourself in nature at Devil's Hole State Park.

For more things to do, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Buffalo online trip itinerary planner.

Washington to Buffalo is an approximately 4.5-hour flight. You can also drive. When traveling from Washington in November, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Buffalo: temperatures range from 49°F by day to 34°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Corning.

Things to do in Buffalo

Parks · Trails · Historic Sites · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Nov 28 — Dec 1:

Corning

— 2 nights
Corning is a city in Steuben County, New York, United States, on the Chemung River. On the 2nd (Thu), examine the collection at Corning Museum of Glass and then take in the exciting artwork at West End Gallery. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: see the interesting displays at Glenn H. Curtiss Museum and then admire the majestic nature at Watkins Glen State Park.

To find photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Corning trip builder tool.

Traveling by car from Buffalo to Corning takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of taxi, train, and bus. Expect a daytime high around 40°F in December, and nighttime lows around 26°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri) early enough to go by car to Cooperstown.

Things to do in Corning

Museums · Nature · Parks · Shopping

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 1 — 3:

Cooperstown

— 6 nights

Village of Cooperstown

Best known as the home of the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum, Cooperstown embraces Americana.
National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum and Stone Arabia Stone Church are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Step off the beaten path and head to Buttermilk Falls State Park and Fort Herkimer Church. Venture out of the city with trips to Kirkland Library (in Clinton), Spring House Spa (in Sharon Springs) and Onondaga Lake Park (in Liverpool). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Holy Trinity Monastery, pause for some serene contemplation at St. Joseph & St. Patrick Church, and stop by Riverwood Gifts.

To find ratings, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Cooperstown road trip planning website.

Getting from Corning to Cooperstown by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a bus. In December in Cooperstown, expect temperatures between 36°F during the day and 23°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Thu) so you can drive to Lake Placid.

Things to do in Cooperstown

Historic Sites · Museums · Nature · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 3 — 9:

Lake Placid

— 4 nights
Lake Placid is a village in the Adirondack Mountains in Essex County, New York, United States. Visit St Agnes Roman Catholic Church and John Brown Farm State Historic Site for their historical value. Attractions like Mirror Lake and Adirondack Store make great kid-friendly stops. Get out of town with these interesting Lake Placid side-trips: Adirondack Breathe Easy Salt Cave (in Peru) and The Wild Center (in Tupper Lake). Next up on the itinerary: take in the awesome beauty at Whiteface Mountain.

For photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Lake Placid road trip planning tool.

You can drive from Cooperstown to Lake Placid in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi, bus, and train; or take a bus. Traveling from Cooperstown in December, expect Lake Placid to be a bit cooler, temps between 31°F and 14°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Lake George.

Things to do in Lake Placid

Parks · Wildlife · Nature · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 9 — 13:

Lake George

— 4 nights

Queen of the American Lakes

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.
Attractions like New York State Museum and Saratoga Spa State Park make great kid-friendly stops. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Lake George and Prospect Mountain. Get out of town with these interesting Lake George side-trips: Saratoga National Historical Park (in Stillwater) and Star Trek Original Series Set Tour (in Ticonderoga). It doesn't end there: get to know the fascinating history of Feeder Canal Trail.

To see photos, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Lake George day trip planning website.

Getting from Lake Placid to Lake George by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Traveling from Lake Placid in December, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Lake George, with lows of 21°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Fri) so you can go by car to Hyde Park.

Things to do in Lake George

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 13 — 17:

Hyde Park

— 2 nights
Hyde Park is a town in Dutchess County, New York, bordering the Hudson River north of Poughkeepsie. Kick off your visit on the 18th (Sat): appreciate the extensive heritage of Widow Jane Mine and then steep yourself in history at Vanderbilt Mansion National Historic Site. Here are some ideas for day two: get advice or help at Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum, then steep yourself in history at Home of Franklin D. Roosevelt, and then take in the views from Walkway Over the Hudson State Historic Park.

To find ratings, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Hyde Park trip itinerary planning website.

Traveling by car from Lake George to Hyde Park takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. Traveling from Lake George in December, you will find days in Hyde Park are somewhat warmer (42°F), and nights are about the same (26°F). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sun) so you can go by car to New York City.

Things to do in Hyde Park

Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 17 — 19:

New York City

— 12 nights

Big Apple

Writer Pearl Buck once called New York City “a place apart,” and this giant urban center remains unlike any other in the world.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Dumbo and The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA). You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Brooklyn Heights Promenade and Ellis Island. There's still lots to do: browse the exhibits of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, pause for some serene contemplation at St. Paul's Chapel, appreciate the history behind 9/11 Memorial, and take in the pleasant sights at Times Square.

To find where to stay, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, go to the New York City online tour planner.

Traveling by car from Hyde Park to New York City takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. Traveling from Hyde Park in December, expect New York City to be a bit warmer, temps between 48°F and 36°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in New York City

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 19 — 31:

New York State travel guide

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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.