Travel from New York to Niagara Falls and visit the Finger Lakes

Discover the thundering waters of Niagara Falls on this short break adventure to one of the most iconic settings in the United States. Hear the deafening roar of the falls and feel the power of millions of litres of water cascading over the edge of Lake Erie and into the tumultuous white water below. Grab a raincoat and get up close to this ecological marvel on a ‘Maid of the Mist’ boat ride to the base of the falls, before heading to the picturesque Finger Lakes for a classic all-American outdoor experience. For those who are short on time, the New York City to Niagara Falls is the perfect way to experience the natural beauty of New York State.

Start
Newark, United States
Finish
Newark, United States
Countries
United States
Themes
Short Breaks
Code
SSAA
Physical rating
Cultural rating
Ages
Min 15
Group size
Min 1 Max 13
Carbon offset
109kg pp per trip


Highlights

  • See the bright lights and billboards of Times Square
  • Cross the famous Appalachian Trail
  • Enjoy a picnic in the Pocono Mountains
  • Feel the mists of Niagara Falls
  • Relax in the idyllic Finger Lakes
  • Shop up a storm in a massive mall
  • Cruise through the wine country of New York State

Itinerary

Welcome to the USA. Your leader will pick you up from the lobby of the starting point hotel by 7.30 am today. Head to the Delaware Water Gap on the famous Appalachian Trail. Continue through the Pocono Mountains, perhaps stopping at a classic American roadside diner for lunch. After lunch, make your way to the spectacular Niagara Falls. In the evening, you can cross over Rainbow Bridge into Canada to see the falls lit up in a rainbow of colour. Total driving time today is between seven and eight hours.

Notes: As there's no time spent in New York City on this trip, we recommend that you arrive a few days early to see the sights. We'll be happy to book additional accommodation for you (subject to availability). Consider doing our one-day Urban Adventures sightseeing tour of New York (urbanadventures.com).
In the morning, get up close to the base of Niagara Falls on a Maid of the Mist boat cruise. Make sure you wear a raincoat, as this can be quite a wet experience. There are numerous viewpoints at which you can appreciate the pure power of the falls. After your visit, journey through wine country to the historic town of Seneca Falls. Continue on to the vineyards of Finger Lakes to enjoy a meal and sample local wines, before heading to a hotel for the night. Total driving time today is between three and four hours.

Notes: The Maid of the Mist boat tour is subject to weather conditions. While this trip runs during the warmer months (from 1 April to 30 October), chances of this activity being unavailable increase early and late in the season.
After breakfast today, drive south towards New York (approximately six hours). On the way, stop for two hours to shop at the Woodbury Common Premium Outlet Mall. With its 228 department store, shops, bars and restaurants, this is the ideal place to expand your wardrobe and grab a bite to eat. Your three day adventure ends at Liberty State park in New Jersey. From here you can take in outstanding views of the Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island and the Manhattan skyline. There are no more activities planned for the day and you're free to depart at any time.
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Inclusions

Meals
n/a
Transport
Boat, Private vehicle
Accommodation
Hotel (2 nights)
Included activities
  • Maid of the Mist boat tour

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Important notes

1. A single supplement is available on this trip.
2. This trip departs at 7:30am on day 1 and finishes at approximately 5pm on day 3.

Trip notes

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