48 days in New York State Itinerary

Created using Klarna Trips New York State holiday planner
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Buffalo
— 6 nights
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Rochester
— 6 nights
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Watkins Glen
— 4 nights
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Skaneateles
— 2 nights
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Lake Placid
— 5 nights
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Plattsburgh
— 3 nights
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Croton on Hudson
— 5 nights
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New York City
— 15 nights
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Buffalo — 6 nights

Queen City

The most populous city in the state after New York, Buffalo serves as the gateway to Niagara Falls and Canada for many travelers.
Explore Buffalo's surroundings by going to War of 1812 Bicentennial Peace Garden Trail (in Lewiston) and Niagara Falls (Niagara Wine Trail USA, Schoellkopf Power Station, &more). There's lots more to do: revel in the low prices at Fashion Outlets of Niagara Falls, USA, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Our Lady of Victory National Shrine & Basilica, cast your line with Brookdog Fishing Co, and go for a walk through Goat Island.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Buffalo sightseeing planner.

Chandigarh, India to Buffalo is an approximately 24-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Chandigarh to Buffalo is minus 10.5 hours. Plan for colder temperatures traveling from Chandigarh in December, with highs in Buffalo at 3°C and lows at -3°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Rochester.
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Rochester — 6 nights

Flower City

Blending big-city culture with small-town charm, Rochester sits on the southern shore of Lake Ontario.
Venture out of the city with trips to Apple Country Spirits (in Williamson), Granger Homestead and Carriage Museum (in Canandaigua) and Five Sons Winery & RG Brewery (in Brockport). The adventure continues: awaken your taste buds at Crush Beer & Wine Tours, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Saint Michael's Church, browse the exhibits of Ganondagan State Historic Site, and get engrossed in the history at The Strong National Museum of Play.

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Drive from Buffalo to Rochester in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 4°C in December, and nighttime lows around -3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Watkins Glen.
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Watkins Glen — 4 nights

Watkins Glen is a village in Schuyler County, New York, United States. Venture out of the city with trips to Elmira (Woodlawn National Cemetery & Woodlawn Cemetery of Elmira), Penn Yan (Keuka Lake Wine Trail & The Arts Center of Yates County) and Sperr Memorial Park (in Big Flats). There's lots more to do: do a tasting at Silver Springs Winery L.L.C., relax and rejuvenate at Namaste Event, Spa & Wellness Center, make a trip to Little Joe Tower, and pause for some serene contemplation at Garrett Memorial Chapel.

For more things to do, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Watkins Glen trip planner.

Traveling by car from Rochester to Watkins Glen takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or take a bus. December in Watkins Glen sees daily highs of 5°C and lows of -3°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Skaneateles.
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Skaneateles — 2 nights

Overlooking the sparkling blue-green waters of the eponymous lake, Skaneateles remains a picturesque and serene village.
On the 18th (Sun), explore the activities along Skaneateles Lake, learn about winemaking at Heart & Hands Wine Company, then indulge your thirst for a good beer at Fleur De Lis Brew Works, and finally explore the galleries of American Civil War Memorial. Here are some ideas for day two: cast your line with In-Depth Fishing Adventures, then get engrossed in the history at Seneca Museum of Waterways and Industry, and then take in the pleasant sights at Cayuga-Seneca Canal.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, read our Skaneateles road trip planning app.

Drive from Watkins Glen to Skaneateles in 1.5 hours. In December in Skaneateles, expect temperatures between 3°C during the day and -4°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Lake Placid.
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Lake Placid — 5 nights

Lake Placid is a village in the Adirondack Mountains in Essex County, New York, United States. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Lake Placid: Champlain Memorial Lighthouse (in Crown Point), Ticonderoga (The Hancock House & Star Trek Original Series Set Tour) and Moose River Farm (in Old Forge). There's still lots to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Mirror Lake, appreciate the extensive heritage of Northville-Lake Placid Trail, get a taste of the local shopping with Adirondack Artists Guild, and grab your bike and head to Whiteface Mountain Bike Park.

For where to stay, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Lake Placid travel planning website.

Drive from Skaneateles to Lake Placid in 4 hours. Traveling from Skaneateles in December, things will get slightly colder in Lake Placid: highs are around 0°C and lows about -11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Plattsburgh.
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Plattsburgh — 3 nights

Plattsburgh is a city in and the seat of Clinton County, New York, United States. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Plattsburgh: High Falls Park (in Chateaugay), Wilder Homestead (in Malone) and Mace Chasm Farm (in Keeseville). Next up on the itinerary: relax and rejuvenate at Adirondack Breathe Easy Salt Cave, see the interesting displays at North Star Underground Railroad Museum, do a tasting at Elfs Farm Winery & Cider House, and experience rural life at Country Dreams Farm.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, go to the Plattsburgh trip itinerary website.

Getting from Lake Placid to Plattsburgh by car takes about 1.5 hours. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Lake Placid in December since evenings lows in Plattsburgh dip to -7°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Croton on Hudson.
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Croton on Hudson — 5 nights

Croton-on-Hudson is a village in Westchester County, New York, United States. Explore Croton on Hudson's surroundings by going to Nyack (Soul Flyte & Edward Hopper House Museum & Study Center), Wolf Conservation Center (in South Salem) and Salingers Orchard Farm Market and Bakery (in Brewster). There's lots more to do: admire the landmark architecture of Van Cortlandt Manor, stroll the grounds of Sleepy Hollow Cemetery, steep yourself in history at Washington Irving's Sunnyside House, and examine the collection at The Armour-Stiner Octagon House.

To see where to stay, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Croton on Hudson online trip itinerary maker.

Getting from Plattsburgh to Croton on Hudson by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive. In December, Croton on Hudson is somewhat warmer than Plattsburgh - with highs of 7°C and lows of 0°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sun) so you can drive to New York City.
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New York City — 15 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 sightseeing, museums, and nightlife. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: stroll through Central Park, appreciate the history behind Statue of Liberty National Monument, stop by Times Square, and admire the striking features of Grand Central Terminal.

To find maps, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the New York City trip itinerary maker app.

Getting from Croton on Hudson to New York City by car takes about 1.5 hours. In January in New York City, expect temperatures between 5°C during the day and -5°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Mon) early enough to fly back home.
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New York State travel guide

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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.
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