31 days in New York State Itinerary

31 days in New York State Itinerary

Created using Inspirock New York State tour itinerary builder

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New York City
— 6 nights
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Riverhead
— 4 nights
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New Paltz
— 3 nights
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North Creek
— 4 nights
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Lake Placid
— 4 nights
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Alexandria Bay
— 4 nights
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Niagara Falls
— 5 nights
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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.
New York City is known for museums, nightlife, and shopping. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: go for a walk through Central Park, walk around The High Line, take in panoramic vistas at Empire State Building, and make a trip to Statue of Liberty National Monument.

To see more things to do, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the New York City online trip planner.

Newark to New York City is an approximately 1-hour car ride. You can also take a train; or take a bus. In July, daytime highs in New York City are 86°F, while nighttime lows are 72°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Wed) early enough to travel to Riverhead.

Things to do in New York City

Museums · Parks · Historic Sites · Theme Parks

Riverhead

— 4 nights
Riverhead is a town within Suffolk County, New York, on the north shore of Long Island. Venture out of the city with trips to Joel L. Lefkowitz Park at West Meadow Beach (in Stony Brook), Northport Village Park (in Northport) and Amazing Olive (in Patchogue). There's much more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Ho-hum Beach, get engrossed in the history at Long Island Maritime Museum, learn about winemaking at Coffee Pot Cellars Tasting Room, and relax in the rural setting at Peconic River Herb Farm.

For where to stay, reviews, maps, and tourist information, read Riverhead trip maker site.

Traveling by car from New York City to Riverhead takes 1.5 hours. Expect slightly colder evenings in Riverhead when traveling from New York City in July, with lows around 64°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Sun) early enough to travel to New Paltz.

Things to do in Riverhead

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Wineries

Side Trips

New Paltz

— 3 nights
New Paltz is a town in Ulster County, New York, United States. Change things up with these side-trips from New Paltz: Catskill Park (in Sundown), Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum (in Hyde Park) and Dutchess Rail Trail (in Hopewell Junction). There's still lots to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Belleayre Beach, get outside with Alpine Endeavors, immerse yourself in nature at Minnewaska State Park Preserve, and hike along Hyde Park Trail.

To find more things to do, maps, photos, and more tourist information, read New Paltz tour itinerary maker site.

Drive from Riverhead to New Paltz in 3 hours. In July, daily temperatures in New Paltz can reach 85°F, while at night they dip to 64°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Wed) so you can travel to North Creek.

Things to do in New Paltz

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Trails

Side Trips

North Creek

— 4 nights
North Creek is a census-designated place and hamlet in the Adirondack Park, in the town of Johnsburg, in Warren County, New York, United States. Change things up with these side-trips from North Creek: Ticonderoga (Fort Ticonderoga, Star Trek Original Series Set Tour, &more), Bolton Landing (The Sembrich, Adirondack Winery Bolton Landing Tasting Room, &more) and Schroon Lake Town Beach (in Schroon Lake). The adventure continues: get outside with Square Eddy Expeditions, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Bald Mountain, get engrossed in the history at Adirondack Experience, The Museum on Blue Mountain Lake, and stop by The Crossroads.

To find ratings, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the North Creek tour planning website.

Traveling by car from New Paltz to North Creek takes 3 hours. In July, plan for daily highs up to 82°F, and evening lows to 60°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sun) so you can drive to Lake Placid.

Things to do in North Creek

Parks · Outdoors · Museums · Wildlife

Side Trips

Lake Placid

— 4 nights
Lake Placid is a village in the Adirondack Mountains in Essex County, New York, United States. Take a break from Lake Placid with a short trip to Fishing Charters & Tours in Plattsburgh, about 1h 5 min away. Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the waterfront views at Mirror Lake, gain insight at Uihlein Sugar Maple Research & Extension Field Station, take in the awesome beauty at Algonquin Mountain, and grab your bike and head to Whiteface Mountain Bike Park.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, read our Lake Placid trip planner.

Drive from North Creek to Lake Placid in 1.5 hours. Traveling from North Creek in July, expect Lake Placid to be a bit cooler, temps between 76°F and 51°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Thu) to allow time to drive to Alexandria Bay.

Things to do in Lake Placid

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Wildlife

Side Trips

Alexandria Bay

— 4 nights
Alexandria Bay is a village in Jefferson County, New York, United States. Get out of town with these interesting Alexandria Bay side-trips: Stone Valley Trail (in Colton), Grasse River Heritage Trail (in Canton) and Massena Town Beach (in Massena). Next up on the itinerary: stroll through Antique Boat Museum, take an in-depth tour of Boldt Castle and Yacht House, contemplate the waterfront views at Grass Point State Park, and step off the mainland to explore Heart Island.

To find ratings, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Alexandria Bay trip planning website.

Traveling by car from Lake Placid to Alexandria Bay takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. Traveling from Lake Placid in July, expect a bit warmer with lows of 61°F in Alexandria Bay. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Niagara Falls.

Things to do in Alexandria Bay

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Wildlife

Side Trips

Niagara Falls

— 5 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.
Get out of town with these interesting Niagara Falls side-trips: Panama Rocks Scenic Park (in Panama), Lawson Center (in Bemus Point) and National Comedy Center (in Jamestown). There's still lots to do: Head underground at Cave of the Winds, stroll through Devil's Hole State Park, take in the dramatic scenery at Niagara Falls, and hike along Niagara Gorge Trail.

To find photos, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Niagara Falls trip maker.

Traveling by car from Alexandria Bay to Niagara Falls takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and train; or do a combination of car, train, and bus. In July, daytime highs in Niagara Falls are 81°F, while nighttime lows are 63°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Sat) to allow enough time to fly back home.

Things to do in Niagara Falls

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

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.