11 Days/10 Nights – Gateway: New York

1, 2 & 3: New York City

Welcome to America, and its largest city! The Big Apple greets you with the excitement of Broadway and fabulous shopping on Fifth Avenue. Take a cruise to the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island, enjoy a Broadway play and view the city from the top of the Empire State Building.

3 Nights New York

4: To the Hudson Valley (86 mi/143 km)

Travel north into the lovely Hudson Valley. The Hudson River Valley has offered inspiration to writers, artists and lovers for generations. You may want to visit Kykuit, the Rockefeller estate, where you’ll be surrounded by terraced gardens, and extraordinary works of sculpture, enjoying dramatic Hudson River views. Later, take in the free gallery exhibition in the Philipsburg Manor Visitor Center or browse through the museum shop. Stroll the trails of the Rockefeller State Park Preserve, or scout out a picnic spot at the Rockwood Hall portion of the preserve, overlooking the Hudson River.

1 Night Hudson Valley

5: To Corning (213 mi/355 km)

Head west today. Along the way, you may want to stop in the Binghamton area, which has six antique wood-carved carousels that visitors can ride from Memorial Day through Labor Day (weather permitting). George F. Johnson, who donated the carousels to local parks, stipulated that the municipalities never charge a fee for a ride. Arrive in Corning, where a “must-see” is the Corning Glass Center, which offers exhibits about the art, history and science of glassmaking. The world-class glass collection interprets the past, present and future of glass, its uses and manufacture with changing exhibits.

1 Night Corning

6 & 7: Niagara Falls (407 mi/652 km)

Get an early start today as you travel to Niagara Falls. There is something about Niagara Falls that appeals to the lover, daredevil and poet in everyone. The cities of Niagara Falls, Ontario, and Niagara Falls, NY, are connected by a bridge across the Niagara River. At the falls, its sudden drop creates one of the most spectacular waterfalls on the continent.  Among the shortest rivers in the world at 36 miles, Niagara also is one of the wildest. The Canadian Falls, have a crest of more than 2,215 feet outlining a deep curve, thus the name Horseshoe Falls. The river underneath is as deep as the cataract is high. During the past 12,000 years, the approximate age of the falls, the crests have moved 7 miles upstream. While in the area, you may want to visit Niagara on the Lake, a beautifully preserved early 19th century village.

2 nights Niagara Falls.

8: To Rochester (142 mi/237 km)

Depart Niagara today, returning eastward along America’s longest scenic byway—the Seaway Trail—to Rochester, a terrific place to visit, offering plenty of experiences to relish and re-member. Tour the home of George Eastman, founder of Eastman Kodak Co., and the world-famous International Museum of Photography and Film. Enjoy dinner on the Erie Canal, visit the Strong Museum, or travel back in time to 19-century America at Genesee Country Village.

1 Night Rochester

9: To Lake Placid (279 mi/465 km)

Today, you’re off to Lake Placid—the only site in the U.S. to host two Winter Olympics. Tour the Olympic sites here—watch Olympians train in the Ice Arena and enjoy spectacular scenic vistas from the top of the 90-meter ski jump. Visit the Olympic Museum and ride a chair lift to the top of Whiteface Mountain.

1 Night Lake Placid

10: To Lake George (81 mi/135 km)

Depart for Lake George, the “Queen of American Lakes”.  Explore the beautiful resort village, take a cruise aboard an authentic steamboat, and visit the Adirondack Museum, called “the best of its kind” by the New York Times.

1 Night Lake George

11: New York/Home (223 mi/371 km)

Return to New York today to catch your homeward flight.

Photo Credit: New York Water Taxi
Photo Credit: Dutchess Tourism
Photo Credit: Visit Rochester courtesy of Paul Van Hoy, Fotoimpressions
Print Friendly, PDF & Email