12 days in New York State Itinerary

12 days in New York State Itinerary

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Lake Placid
— 2 nights
Drive
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Lake George
— 2 nights
Drive
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Saratoga Springs
— 2 nights
Drive
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Cooperstown
— 2 nights
Drive
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Woodstock
— 2 nights
Drive
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Bethel
— 1 night

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Lake Placid

— 2 nights
Lake Placid is a village in the Adirondack Mountains in Essex County, New York, United States. On the 2nd (Mon), get great views at Olympic Ski Jump Complex, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Whiteface Mountain, and then explore the stunning scenery at Ausable Chasm. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 3rd (Tue): look for gifts at Saratoga Olive Oil Company, then explore the activities along Mirror Lake, then enjoy some diversion at Lake Placid Olympic Museum, and finally take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Jo.

To find more things to do, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, read our Lake Placid itinerary planner.

Use the Route module to find travel options from your starting location to Lake Placid. In August, daytime highs in Lake Placid are 75°F, while nighttime lows are 49°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Wed) early enough to drive to Lake George.

Things to do in Lake Placid

Nature · Parks · Fun & Games · Winter Sports

Side Trips

Lake George

— 2 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.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Wed): take in the awesome beauty at Prospect Mountain, tour the pleasant surroundings at Million Dollar Beach, and then head outdoors with Square Eddy Expeditions. On the next day, trot along with a tour on horseback, get in on the family fun at Magic Forest, take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, then do a tasting at Adirondack Winery, and finally contemplate the waterfront views at Lake George.

For ratings, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Lake George road trip planner.

Drive from Lake Placid to Lake George in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Lake Placid in August, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 57°F in Lake George. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Saratoga Springs.

Things to do in Lake George

Outdoors · Parks · Nature · Tours

Side Trips

Saratoga Springs

— 2 nights

Spa City

Named for the restorative mineral springs in the area, Saratoga Springs began its life as a resort town.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Fri): take in nature's colorful creations at Yaddo Gardens, then immerse yourself in nature at Saratoga Spa State Park, then look for gifts at Impressions of Saratoga, and finally walk around Congress Park. On the 7th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: see the interesting displays at National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame, get engrossed in the history at USS Slater DE-766, then learn more about the world around you at New York State Museum, and finally examine the collection at Burden Iron Works Museum.

To find other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, read Saratoga Springs route planner.

Saratoga Springs is just a short distance from Lake George. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Lake George in August since evenings lows in Saratoga Springs dip to 65°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sun) so you can go by car to Cooperstown.

Things to do in Saratoga Springs

Parks · Museums · Nature · Wildlife

Side Trips

Cooperstown

— 2 nights

Village of Cooperstown

Best known as the home of the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum, Cooperstown embraces Americana.
Change things up with these side-trips from Cooperstown: Secret Caverns (in Cobleskill) and Howe Caverns (in Howes Cave). And it doesn't end there: examine the collection at National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum, relax in the rural setting at The Farmers' Museum, contemplate the waterfront views at Otsego Lake, and immerse yourself in nature at Glimmerglass State Park.

For maps, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Cooperstown travel route planning tool.

You can drive from Saratoga Springs to Cooperstown in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, bus, and taxi; or take a bus. Traveling from Saratoga Springs in August, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Cooperstown, with lows of 58°F. On the 10th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Woodstock.

Things to do in Cooperstown

Museums · Nature · Parks

Side Trips

Woodstock

— 2 nights
Woodstock is a town in Ulster County, New York, United States. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get outside with Outdoor Activities, take in the spiritual surroundings of Karma Triyana Dharmachakra Tibetan Buddhist Monastery, and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Overlook Mountain.

To see photos, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Woodstock trip planner.

Traveling by car from Cooperstown to Woodstock takes 2 hours. In August, plan for daily highs up to 83°F, and evening lows to 60°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Bethel.

Things to do in Woodstock

Nature · Parks · Tours · Outdoors

Side Trips

Bethel

— 1 night
Bethel is a town in Sullivan County, New York, USA. The population was estimated at 4,255 in 2010.The town received worldwide fame after it became the host of the 1969 Woodstock Festival, which was originally planned for Wallkill, New York, but was relocated to Bethel after Wallkill withdrew.HistoryThe first settlers arrived around 1795 near the present communities of Bethel and White Lake. Kick off your visit on the 13th (Fri): take an in-depth tour of The Museum at Bethel Woods, sample the fine beverages at Catskill Distilling Company, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kadampa Meditation Center New York and World Peace Temple, and finally take in the views from Roebling Aqueduct Suspension Bridge.

To see maps, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Bethel online trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from Woodstock to Bethel takes 1.5 hours. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Woodstock in August: highs in Bethel hover around 76°F, while lows dip to 56°F.

Things to do in Bethel

Museums · Shopping · Historic Sites · Breweries & Distilleries

Side Trips

New York State travel guide

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Scenic Walking Areas · Observation Decks · Monuments
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.