14 Days/13 Nights Gateway – New York

1, 2 & 3: Arrive New York, NY

Welcome to the Big Apple, once capital of the United States, now considered capital of the world! Whether you go for the exclusive shopping, dining or the culture, New York has something for everyone. Check into your downtown hotel and pick up your travel documents before setting out to explore the city. Spend the next two days discovering the wonders of the “city that never sleeps.” The city has hundreds of museums. It is exploding with zoos, parks, gardens and entertainment complexes. No trip to New York City is complete without a visit to Radio City Music Hall, home to the high kicking Rockettes. See the city from the Empire State Building.

3 Nights New York, NY

4 & 5: To Hudson Valley, NY (109 mi/175 km)

Travel into the Hudson Valley today. North of Manhattan, the banks of the Hudson River rise abruptly, sculpting a valley so captivating that it spawned its own art movement. New York’s old elite built their summer palaces there. Among them are the Vanderbilt Mansion, in Hyde Park, and the Staatsburg estate, each offering a glimpse into Gilded Age excess.  Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt’s Hyde Park homes, Springwood and Val-Kill, illuminate the private lives of a prototypical power couple.

2 nights  Hudson Valley, NY

6, 7, & 8: To Canandaigua, NY (248mi/399 km)

Head northwest today for a three night stay in Canandaigua, NY. While here, take a day trip to Niagara Falls; visit Rochester, with the George Eastman House and Museum, and enjoy the lovely countryside.

3 Nights Canandaigua, NY.

9 & 10: To Canaan, NY (237 mi/381 km)

The Berkshire Hills beckon today. The Berkshires is an idyllic destination with dozens of unique townships and recreation areas. Williamstown—a terminus for the scenic Mohawk Trail—proudly bears the nickname Village Beautiful. Stockbridge was the scene for many Norman Rockwell paintings, and a museum here is dedicated to his life as an artist. Every summer in Lenox the Boston Symphony Orchestra performs at Tanglewood Music Festival.

2 nights  Canaan, NY

11, 12 & 13: To Cape Cod, MA (208 mi/335 km)

Spend your last three days relaxing on Cape Cod. Separated from the Massachusetts mainland by two bridges over the Cape Cod Canal, the Cape is always likened in shape to an outstretched human arm bent at the elbow, its Provincetown fist turned back toward the mainland. The open Atlantic Ocean pounds the Cape’s eastern coast, and Nantucket Sound washes the southern shore. In low season you can walk for almost 30 miles along the Atlantic beach and rarely see a trace of human habitation, other than the lighthouses that stand watch over the Cape’s dangerous shoals and a few old shacks in the dunes of Provincetown. One of the most eye-pleasing districts is the Old King’s Highway (Route 6A), where some of the Cape’s first towns were incorporated in the mid-1600s.

3 nights in Cape Cod, MA

14: To New York/Home

Alas, today it’s time to return to New York to catch your homeward flight.

Photo: Marley White
Photo Credit: NYC & Company / Julienne Schaer
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