31 days in New York State & Los Angeles County Itinerary

31 days in New York State & Los Angeles County Itinerary

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Fly to John F Kennedy International Airport, Drive to Stony Brook
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Stony Brook
— 4 nights
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New York City
— 6 nights
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New Paltz
— 5 nights
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Albany
— 4 nights
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Niagara Falls
— 4 nights
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Los Angeles
— 6 nights
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Stony Brook

— 4 nights
Stony Brook is a hamlet and census-designated place (CDP) in the Town of Brookhaven in Suffolk County, New York, on the North Shore of Long Island. Step out of the city life by going to Bayard Cutting Arboretum and Holtsville Ecology Site. Explore Stony Brook's surroundings by going to Bethpage State Park (in Farmingdale), Quogue Wildlife Refuge (in Quogue) and Wertheim National Wildlife Refuge (in Shirley). There's still lots to do: stroll through Avalon Park & Preserve, immerse yourself in nature at Sunken Meadow State Park, stop by Amazing Olive, and go for a stroll along the water at Captree State Park.

To find reviews, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Stony Brook online trip itinerary builder.

London, UK to Stony Brook is an approximately 11.5-hour combination of flight and car. Traveling from London to Stony Brook, you'll gain 5 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from London in December, expect a bit cooler with lows of 0°C in Stony Brook. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sat) early enough to drive to New York City.

Things to do in Stony Brook

Parks · Wildlife · Nature · Historic Sites

Side Trips

New York City

— 6 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.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art and Times Square are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Escape the urban bustle at Horse-Drawn Carriage Tours and Boat Tours & Water Sports. Next up on the itinerary: take in panoramic vistas at Empire State Building, admire the landmark architecture of Rockefeller Center, browse the exhibits of 9/11 Memorial, and pause for some photo ops at Statue of Liberty National Monument.

To see where to stay, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, go to the New York City trip planning tool.

Drive from Stony Brook to New York City in 1.5 hours. In December, plan for daily highs up to 10°C, and evening lows to 2°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to New Paltz.

Things to do in New York City

Museums · Parks · Outdoors · Historic Sites

New Paltz

— 5 nights
New Paltz is a town in Ulster County, New York, United States. Get in touch with nature at Mohonk Preserve and Hunter Mountain. Do some cultural sightseeing at Magazzino Italian Art and The Den of Marbletown. Get out of town with these interesting New Paltz side-trips: Frost Valley YMCA (in Claryville), Bear Mountain (Anthony Wayne Recreation Area & Bear Mountain State Park) and Catskill Park (in Sundown). There's lots more to do: hike along Belleayre Mountain Ski Center, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Holy Transfiguration Church, stroll through Black Creek Preserve, and take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Anthony's Nose.

Before you visit New Paltz, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Traveling by car from New York City to New Paltz takes 2 hours. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from New York City in December, with highs in New Paltz at 6°C and lows at -3°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Wed) so you can go by car to Albany.

Things to do in New Paltz

Parks · Wildlife · Nature · Outdoors

Side Trips

Albany

— 4 nights
Albany is the capital of the U.S. state of New York and the seat of Albany County. Get in touch with nature at New York State Museum and Lapland Lake Cross Country Ski Center. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Saratoga National Historical Park and Burden Iron Works Museum. Change things up with these side-trips from Albany: Fishing Charters & Tours (in Bolton Landing), Saint Kateri Tekakwitha National Shrine and Historic Site (in Fonda) and The Schumann Preserve at Pilot Knob (in Fort Ann). Next up on the itinerary: tour the pleasant surroundings at Royal Mountain Ski Area, pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, and explore the activities along Vischer Ferry Nature & Historic Preserve.

For more things to do, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Albany road trip site.

You can drive from New Paltz to Albany in 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 4°C in December, and nighttime lows around -4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sun) early enough to fly to Niagara Falls.

Things to do in Albany

Parks · Outdoors · Winter Sports · Wildlife

Side Trips

Niagara Falls

— 4 nights

Honeymoon Capital of the World

The city of Niagara Falls houses the U.S. half of the famous waterfall that straddles the border between Canada and the United States.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Audubon Community Nature Center and Our Lady of Victory National Shrine & Basilica. Visiting Cockaigne and Niagara Gorge Trail will get you outdoors. Explore Niagara Falls' surroundings by going to Penn Dixie Fossil Park & Nature Reserve (in Blasdell) and Reinstein Woods Nature Preserve (in Depew). There's lots more to do: step off the mainland to explore Three Sisters Island, take in the dramatic scenery at Bridal Veil Falls, take in panoramic vistas at Niagara Falls Observation Tower, and make a trip to Schoellkopf Power Station.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Niagara Falls vacation planner.

You can fly from Albany to Niagara Falls in 5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. In December, daytime highs in Niagara Falls are 3°C, while nighttime lows are -3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Thu) to allow enough time to fly to Los Angeles.

Things to do in Niagara Falls

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature

Side Trips

Los Angeles

— 6 nights

City of Angels

Surrounded by mountain ranges, forests, valleys, beaches, and deserts, the metropolitan area of Los Angeles is home to over 17 million people.
Step out of the city life by going to Santa Monica Mountains and Mulholland Drive. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at The Getty Center and Diorama-museum of Bhagavad-gita. Change things up with a short trip to Angeles National Forest in Arcadia (about 34 minutes away). And it doesn't end there: admire the majestic nature at Topanga State Park, get outside with Self Realization Fellowship Lake Shrine Temple, enjoy the sand and surf at Venice Beach and Boardwalk, and explore the stunning scenery at Coldwater Canyon Park.

For more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Los Angeles itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Niagara Falls to Los Angeles takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 3 hours traveling from Niagara Falls to Los Angeles. Traveling from Niagara Falls in December, expect Los Angeles to be much hotter, temps between 24°C and 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Wed) so you can catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Beaches

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.