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Bridge over the River Hudson, Hudson Valley, New York State, USA
Brooklyn Bridge, New York
Central Park, New York, USA
Road through the Catskill Mountains in Autumn, New York State, USA
Lake Placid
Lake Placid, New York, USA
Auburn, Maine
Finger Lakes, New York
Lake Ontario
Niagara Falls Ontario
Niagara Falls

New York to Niagara Falls Road Trip

11 day Fly Drive – from £1125

With flights from £1675

Visit picturesque New York State on this fly drive holiday that takes you from New York City to Niagara Falls. Drive along the beautiful Hudson Valley, climb up into the Catskills, relax at Lake Placid and discover the the Finger Lakes along the way.

Highlights:
  • See the Statue of Liberty and wander through Central Park
  • Drive along the banks of the shimmering Hudson River
  • Discover the picturesque shorelines of the Finger Lakes
  • Feel the spray from the majestic Niagara Falls


Your Itinerary

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Your America fly-drive holiday can be personalised by adding extra nights or even extra stops along the way. Just let us know what you would like to do.

Brooklyn Bridge, New York

Day 1 – Welcome to New York

Arrive into your chosen New York airport, and once you have collected your bags, transfer independently…

Arrive into your chosen New York airport, and once you have collected your bags, transfer independently to your Manhattan hotel.

New York City is renowned for its iconic skyline dominated by skyscrapers like the Empire State Building and One World Trade Centre. It is also famous for its cultural landmarks such as Broadway theatres, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and the bustling Times Square.

Once you have settled into your hotel you may like to explore the local neighbourhood, and try some classic American food and hospitality.

    The New Yorker Hotel or similar

Brooklyn Bridge, New York
Central Park, New York, USA

Day 2 – Explore New York City

You may like to start your day in ‘The Big Apple’ with a visit to Central…

You may like to start your day in ‘The Big Apple’ with a visit to Central Park, where you can stroll through the picturesque pathways, admire the Bethesda Terrace, and enjoy a boat ride on the lake.

From Central Park you can head to Times Square to experience the vibrant energy of this bustling crossroads, with its bright billboards, theatres, and street performers.

Afterward, follow Fifth Avenue to see landmarks like the Rockefeller Centre and St. Patrick’s Cathedral. For lunch you could grab a bite at one of the city’s famous delis or even a hot dog at one of the many food trucks.

In the afternoon, you can visit the Empire State Building for panoramic views of the city skyline from the observation deck. Before ending your day with a visit to the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island, where you can learn about the city’s immigrant heritage and enjoy stunning views of the harbour.

Optional Experience – Hop-on Hop-off Bus Tour
With stops at 30 key landmarks all around New York City, this sightseeing bus route will enable you to view all the sights and sounds of Manhattan and beyond.

    The New Yorker Hotel or similar

Central Park, New York, USA
Bridge over the River Hudson, Hudson Valley, New York State, USA

Day 3 – The Hudson Valley

You can collect your car from downtown, or, if you prefer, catch the train to New…

You can collect your car from downtown, or, if you prefer, catch the train to New York’s outer suburbs and pick-up your car from a local depot (speak to our travel consultants about the best option for you.)

As you leave New York City, take the Palisades Interstate Parkway for a scenic drive along the Hudson River. Enjoy views of the river, cliffs, and lush forests as you make your way north.

You may like to make a stop at Bear Mountain State Park, located along the west bank of the Hudson River.From here you can take in panoramic views of the river and the surrounding mountains from the Perkins Memorial Tower. Just north of Bear Mountain, you could also visit the Storm King Art Centre, a world-renowned outdoor sculpture park. Here you can wander through more than 500 acres of landscaped grounds dotted with large-scale sculptures by famous and local artists.

Before reaching Kingston, make a detour to Poughkeepsie to visit the “Walkway Over the Hudson”, the longest elevated pedestrian bridge in the world. You can walk or cycle across the bridge for stunning views of the Hudson River and surrounding valley.

    New York City > Kingston | 105 miles

    Hampton Inn Kingston or similar

Bridge over the River Hudson, Hudson Valley, New York State, USA
Road through the Catskill Mountains in Autumn, New York State, USA

Day 4 – Kingston & The Catskill Mountains

You could begin your day by exploring Kingston’s historic waterfront district, Rondout. Visit the Hudson River…

You could begin your day by exploring Kingston’s historic waterfront district, Rondout. Visit the Hudson River Maritime Museum to learn more about the region’s maritime history and stroll along the Rondout Creek waterfront, lined with charming shops, galleries, and restaurants. A perfect spot for a lazy brunch.

Alternatively, you can embark on a scenic drive into the Catskill Mountains, following Route 28 west from Kingston. This picturesque road winds through the heart of the Catskills, offering breathtaking views of rolling hills, forests, and streams. Along the way, you can stop at various scenic overlooks, roadside markets, and quaint towns like Phoenicia and Woodstock.

We also recommend making a stop at the Ashokan Reservoir, one of the region’s scenic gems. Take in the panoramic views of the reservoir and surrounding mountains from the Ashokan Rail Trail, which runs along the reservoir’s northern shore.

Another highlight of the Catskills is Kaaterskill Falls, one of the tallest waterfalls in New York State. You can follow the short trail to the viewing platform to admire the spectacular two-tiered waterfall cascading into a rocky gorge.

    Hampton Inn Kingston or similar

Road through the Catskill Mountains in Autumn, New York State, USA
Lake Placid

Day 5 – Lake Placid

Continue north through the beautiful landscapes of the Hudson Valley and on to the Adirondack Mountains. If…

Continue north through the beautiful landscapes of the Hudson Valley and on to the Adirondack Mountains.

If you haven’t already, then consider stopping at one of the wineries along the Hudson Valley, such as Millbrook Vineyards or Benmarl Winery. As well as a sample of the local products you will be rewarded with some picturesque views.

As you continue the drive to Lake Placid, you may like to take the short detour to visit Saranac Lake. This quaint Adirondack village is known for its hiking, paddling and fishing, but it is also home to the Scenic Railroad Depot offering a glimpse into the region’s railway history.

Finally make your way to Lake Placid, the host town of both the 1932 and 1980 Winter Olympics, but now a year-round visitor destination. You can still explore the Olympic sites including the Olympic Centre and Jumping Complex, as well as visit Main Street, home to shops, restaurants and galleries, many with an Olympic theme.

    Kingston > Lake Placid | 195 miles

    Hampton Inn Lake Placid or similar

Lake Placid
Lake Placid, New York, USA

Day 6 – High Peaks & McKenzie Wilderness Areas

You can start your day with a scenic drive through the High Peaks WIlderness Area. Follow…

You can start your day with a scenic drive through the High Peaks WIlderness Area. Follow Route 73 through mountain passes and valleys, enjoying breathtaking views of the surrounding peaks. Stop at trailheads and scenic overlooks along the way to stretch your legs and take in the scenery and fill your lungs with the fresh pine-scented air.

Alternatively, you could opt for a relaxing breakfast at one of the waterfront cafes overlooking Mirror Lake, before following the scenic Lakeshore Trail, or rent a kayak to explore the tranquil waters of the lake.

In the afternoon you may like to drive into the McKenzie Wilderness Area, where you can choose from a variety of well-signed trails including the McKenzie Pond Trail or the popular Avalanche Lake Trail. Both are perfect for a picnic amongst the mountains.

By the evening you will be ready to relax in one Lake Placid’s cozy restaurants to enjoy a locally sourced meal such as smoked trout.

    Hampton Inn Lake Placid or similar

Lake Placid, New York, USA
Auburn, Maine

Day 7 – Auburn

The scenic drive from Lake Placid to Auburn offers more spectacular scenery and photographic opportunities. Begin…

The scenic drive from Lake Placid to Auburn offers more spectacular scenery and photographic opportunities. Begin with a drive through Adirondack Park, a vast wilderness area encompassing over 6 million acres of forests, mountains, and lakes. Take a scenic drive along Route 3 or Route 30 through the park, stopping at scenic overlooks and trailheads to admire the natural beauty in front of you.

You may like to stop at Tupper Lake, a town nestled between three waterways. Here you can visit ‘The Wild Centre’, an interactive display showcasing the diverse ecosystems of the Adirondacks. You can also stretch your legs with a walk along the banks of the Raquette River.

Today’s destination is Auburn, a historic city located in the heart of the Finger Lakes region. When you arrive you can explore the city’s downtown area, which is home to charming shops, cafes, and historic landmarks or you can take a stroll through Hoopes Park for scenic views of Owasco Lake.

    Lake Placid > Auburn | 195 miles

    Hilton Garden Inn Auburn or similar

Auburn, Maine
Finger Lakes, New York

Day 8 – The Finger lakes

The Finger Lakes region is known for its natural beauty and scenic roads, so from Auburn…

The Finger Lakes region is known for its natural beauty and scenic roads, so from Auburn you can head to Skaneateles, a picturesque village nestled on the shores of Skaneateles Lake. You can stroll along the historic streets lined with shops, galleries, and eateries (perfect for brunch), and take in the scenic views of the lake from Clift Park.

Finger Lakes has its own wine region, so you may consider stopping along the Cayuga or Seneca Lake Wine Trails to sample the award winning wines. The charming town of Geneva is also located at the northern tip of Seneca Lake. Here you can visit the Smith Opera House, a historic theatre that hosts live performances and events, and explore the shops and cafes along Main Street.

In the afternoon we suggest a visit to Watkins Glen State Park, known for its stunning gorge trail with waterfalls, rock formations, and lush vegetation. Take a leisurely hike along the Gorge Trail to experience the park’s natural beauty up close.

As you head back towards Auburn, consider stopping at Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge, a haven for birdwatchers and wildlife enthusiasts. Explore the refuge’s scenic drives and hiking trails, and keep an eye out for bald eagles, herons, and other wildlife.

    Hilton Garden Inn Auburn or similar

Finger Lakes, New York
Lake Ontario

Day 9 – Shoreline of Lake Ontario

From the town of Auburn head north to the shores of Lake Ontario. You may like…

From the town of Auburn head north to the shores of Lake Ontario. You may like to begin your journey by heading to Sodus Point, a charming lakeside village known for its scenic views You can explore the historic Sodus Bay Lighthouse Museum and stroll along the waterfront promenade.

Alternatively, you may prefer to start at Chimney Buffs State Park, where you’ll find unique geological formations carved by prevailing winds and water. Take a hike along the Bluff Trail to admire the towering cliffs, sandy beaches, and panoramic views of Lake Ontario.

In the town of Rochester you can take a stroll through the High Falls District, or take a scenic boat tour along the Erie Canal. Then you can choose to follow the Genesee River Gorge as it winds its way towards Lake Ontario.

Today’s journey ends at Niagara Falls, one of the world’s natural attractions. As night falls wander the promenade to view the falls lit up against the dark sky.

    Auburn > Niagara Falls | 165 miles

    Sheraton on the Falls or similar

Lake Ontario
Niagara Falls Ontario

Day 10 – Explore Niagara Falls

You can enjoy Niagara Falls from the American side of the border, or cross the bridge…

You can enjoy Niagara Falls from the American side of the border, or cross the bridge to Canada for the day and a different view.

On the USA side, you can climb the Observation Tower for panoramic views of the falls and surrounding area. From here, you can capture stunning photos of the American Falls, Bridal Veil Falls, and the Niagara River.

Take the time to explore Niagara Falls State Park, the oldest state park in the United States and the primary viewing area for the falls. Walk along scenic trails, enjoy panoramic views of the falls from various overlooks, and marvel at the power and beauty of the cascading water.

For a closer view of the falls embark on the “Maid of the Mist” boat tour for a thrilling and up-close experience. Cruise past the American Falls, Bridal Veil Falls, and Horseshoe Falls, feeling the mist on your face and hearing the roar of the water. If you prefer you could also take the Cave of the Winds tour to descend into the Niagara Gorge and walk along wooden walkways to the base of Bridal Veil Falls.

Optional Experience – Maid of the Mist Cruise
Enjoy incredible views of the Niagara Gorge, American, and Bridal Veil Falls, and come face-to-face with the power of the Canadian Horseshoe Falls.

    Sheraton on the Falls or similar

Niagara Falls Ontario
Niagara Falls

Day 11 – Farewell from Buffalo

Today marks the end of your adventure. Marvel at the falls once more before returning your…

Today marks the end of your adventure. Marvel at the falls once more before returning your rental car at Buffalo Niagara International Airport prior to your flight home.

    Niagara Falls > Buffalo Niagara International Airport | 25 miles
Niagara Falls

Your Itinerary

Your America fly-drive holiday can be personalised by adding extra nights or even extra stops along the way. Just let us know what you would like to do.

Day 1

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Welcome to New York

Arrive into your chosen New York airport, and once you have collected your bags, transfer independently to your Manhattan hotel.

New York City is renowned for its iconic skyline dominated by skyscrapers like the Empire State Building and One World Trade Centre. It is also famous for its cultural landmarks such as Broadway theatres, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and the bustling Times Square.

Once you have settled into your hotel you may like to explore the local neighbourhood, and try some classic American food and hospitality.

    The New Yorker Hotel or similar

Brooklyn Bridge, New York

Day 2

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Explore New York City

You may like to start your day in ‘The Big Apple’ with a visit to Central Park, where you can stroll through the picturesque pathways, admire the Bethesda Terrace, and enjoy a boat ride on the lake.

From Central Park you can head to Times Square to experience the vibrant energy of this bustling crossroads, with its bright billboards, theatres, and street performers.

Afterward, follow Fifth Avenue to see landmarks like the Rockefeller Centre and St. Patrick’s Cathedral. For lunch you could grab a bite at one of the city’s famous delis or even a hot dog at one of the many food trucks.

In the afternoon, you can visit the Empire State Building for panoramic views of the city skyline from the observation deck. Before ending your day with a visit to the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island, where you can learn about the city’s immigrant heritage and enjoy stunning views of the harbour.

Optional Experience – Hop-on Hop-off Bus Tour
With stops at 30 key landmarks all around New York City, this sightseeing bus route will enable you to view all the sights and sounds of Manhattan and beyond.

    The New Yorker Hotel or similar

Central Park, New York, USA

Day 3

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The Hudson Valley

You can collect your car from downtown, or, if you prefer, catch the train to New York’s outer suburbs and pick-up your car from a local depot (speak to our travel consultants about the best option for you.)

As you leave New York City, take the Palisades Interstate Parkway for a scenic drive along the Hudson River. Enjoy views of the river, cliffs, and lush forests as you make your way north.

You may like to make a stop at Bear Mountain State Park, located along the west bank of the Hudson River.From here you can take in panoramic views of the river and the surrounding mountains from the Perkins Memorial Tower. Just north of Bear Mountain, you could also visit the Storm King Art Centre, a world-renowned outdoor sculpture park. Here you can wander through more than 500 acres of landscaped grounds dotted with large-scale sculptures by famous and local artists.

Before reaching Kingston, make a detour to Poughkeepsie to visit the “Walkway Over the Hudson”, the longest elevated pedestrian bridge in the world. You can walk or cycle across the bridge for stunning views of the Hudson River and surrounding valley.

    New York City > Kingston | 105 miles

    Hampton Inn Kingston or similar

Bridge over the River Hudson, Hudson Valley, New York State, USA

Day 4

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Kingston & The Catskill Mountains

You could begin your day by exploring Kingston’s historic waterfront district, Rondout. Visit the Hudson River Maritime Museum to learn more about the region’s maritime history and stroll along the Rondout Creek waterfront, lined with charming shops, galleries, and restaurants. A perfect spot for a lazy brunch.

Alternatively, you can embark on a scenic drive into the Catskill Mountains, following Route 28 west from Kingston. This picturesque road winds through the heart of the Catskills, offering breathtaking views of rolling hills, forests, and streams. Along the way, you can stop at various scenic overlooks, roadside markets, and quaint towns like Phoenicia and Woodstock.

We also recommend making a stop at the Ashokan Reservoir, one of the region’s scenic gems. Take in the panoramic views of the reservoir and surrounding mountains from the Ashokan Rail Trail, which runs along the reservoir’s northern shore.

Another highlight of the Catskills is Kaaterskill Falls, one of the tallest waterfalls in New York State. You can follow the short trail to the viewing platform to admire the spectacular two-tiered waterfall cascading into a rocky gorge.

    Hampton Inn Kingston or similar

Road through the Catskill Mountains in Autumn, New York State, USA

Day 5

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Lake Placid

Continue north through the beautiful landscapes of the Hudson Valley and on to the Adirondack Mountains.

If you haven’t already, then consider stopping at one of the wineries along the Hudson Valley, such as Millbrook Vineyards or Benmarl Winery. As well as a sample of the local products you will be rewarded with some picturesque views.

As you continue the drive to Lake Placid, you may like to take the short detour to visit Saranac Lake. This quaint Adirondack village is known for its hiking, paddling and fishing, but it is also home to the Scenic Railroad Depot offering a glimpse into the region’s railway history.

Finally make your way to Lake Placid, the host town of both the 1932 and 1980 Winter Olympics, but now a year-round visitor destination. You can still explore the Olympic sites including the Olympic Centre and Jumping Complex, as well as visit Main Street, home to shops, restaurants and galleries, many with an Olympic theme.

    Kingston > Lake Placid | 195 miles

    Hampton Inn Lake Placid or similar

Lake Placid

Day 6

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High Peaks & McKenzie Wilderness Areas

You can start your day with a scenic drive through the High Peaks WIlderness Area. Follow Route 73 through mountain passes and valleys, enjoying breathtaking views of the surrounding peaks. Stop at trailheads and scenic overlooks along the way to stretch your legs and take in the scenery and fill your lungs with the fresh pine-scented air.

Alternatively, you could opt for a relaxing breakfast at one of the waterfront cafes overlooking Mirror Lake, before following the scenic Lakeshore Trail, or rent a kayak to explore the tranquil waters of the lake.

In the afternoon you may like to drive into the McKenzie Wilderness Area, where you can choose from a variety of well-signed trails including the McKenzie Pond Trail or the popular Avalanche Lake Trail. Both are perfect for a picnic amongst the mountains.

By the evening you will be ready to relax in one Lake Placid’s cozy restaurants to enjoy a locally sourced meal such as smoked trout.

    Hampton Inn Lake Placid or similar

Lake Placid, New York, USA

Day 7

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Auburn

The scenic drive from Lake Placid to Auburn offers more spectacular scenery and photographic opportunities. Begin with a drive through Adirondack Park, a vast wilderness area encompassing over 6 million acres of forests, mountains, and lakes. Take a scenic drive along Route 3 or Route 30 through the park, stopping at scenic overlooks and trailheads to admire the natural beauty in front of you.

You may like to stop at Tupper Lake, a town nestled between three waterways. Here you can visit ‘The Wild Centre’, an interactive display showcasing the diverse ecosystems of the Adirondacks. You can also stretch your legs with a walk along the banks of the Raquette River.

Today’s destination is Auburn, a historic city located in the heart of the Finger Lakes region. When you arrive you can explore the city’s downtown area, which is home to charming shops, cafes, and historic landmarks or you can take a stroll through Hoopes Park for scenic views of Owasco Lake.

    Lake Placid > Auburn | 195 miles

    Hilton Garden Inn Auburn or similar

Auburn, Maine

Day 8

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The Finger lakes

The Finger Lakes region is known for its natural beauty and scenic roads, so from Auburn you can head to Skaneateles, a picturesque village nestled on the shores of Skaneateles Lake. You can stroll along the historic streets lined with shops, galleries, and eateries (perfect for brunch), and take in the scenic views of the lake from Clift Park.

Finger Lakes has its own wine region, so you may consider stopping along the Cayuga or Seneca Lake Wine Trails to sample the award winning wines. The charming town of Geneva is also located at the northern tip of Seneca Lake. Here you can visit the Smith Opera House, a historic theatre that hosts live performances and events, and explore the shops and cafes along Main Street.

In the afternoon we suggest a visit to Watkins Glen State Park, known for its stunning gorge trail with waterfalls, rock formations, and lush vegetation. Take a leisurely hike along the Gorge Trail to experience the park’s natural beauty up close.

As you head back towards Auburn, consider stopping at Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge, a haven for birdwatchers and wildlife enthusiasts. Explore the refuge’s scenic drives and hiking trails, and keep an eye out for bald eagles, herons, and other wildlife.

    Hilton Garden Inn Auburn or similar

Finger Lakes, New York

Day 9

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Shoreline of Lake Ontario

From the town of Auburn head north to the shores of Lake Ontario. You may like to begin your journey by heading to Sodus Point, a charming lakeside village known for its scenic views You can explore the historic Sodus Bay Lighthouse Museum and stroll along the waterfront promenade.

Alternatively, you may prefer to start at Chimney Buffs State Park, where you’ll find unique geological formations carved by prevailing winds and water. Take a hike along the Bluff Trail to admire the towering cliffs, sandy beaches, and panoramic views of Lake Ontario.

In the town of Rochester you can take a stroll through the High Falls District, or take a scenic boat tour along the Erie Canal. Then you can choose to follow the Genesee River Gorge as it winds its way towards Lake Ontario.

Today’s journey ends at Niagara Falls, one of the world’s natural attractions. As night falls wander the promenade to view the falls lit up against the dark sky.

    Auburn > Niagara Falls | 165 miles

    Sheraton on the Falls or similar

Lake Ontario

Day 10

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Explore Niagara Falls

You can enjoy Niagara Falls from the American side of the border, or cross the bridge to Canada for the day and a different view.

On the USA side, you can climb the Observation Tower for panoramic views of the falls and surrounding area. From here, you can capture stunning photos of the American Falls, Bridal Veil Falls, and the Niagara River.

Take the time to explore Niagara Falls State Park, the oldest state park in the United States and the primary viewing area for the falls. Walk along scenic trails, enjoy panoramic views of the falls from various overlooks, and marvel at the power and beauty of the cascading water.

For a closer view of the falls embark on the “Maid of the Mist” boat tour for a thrilling and up-close experience. Cruise past the American Falls, Bridal Veil Falls, and Horseshoe Falls, feeling the mist on your face and hearing the roar of the water. If you prefer you could also take the Cave of the Winds tour to descend into the Niagara Gorge and walk along wooden walkways to the base of Bridal Veil Falls.

Optional Experience – Maid of the Mist Cruise
Enjoy incredible views of the Niagara Gorge, American, and Bridal Veil Falls, and come face-to-face with the power of the Canadian Horseshoe Falls.

    Sheraton on the Falls or similar

Niagara Falls Ontario

Day 11

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Farewell from Buffalo

Today marks the end of your adventure. Marvel at the falls once more before returning your rental car at Buffalo Niagara International Airport prior to your flight home.

    Niagara Falls > Buffalo Niagara International Airport | 25 miles
Niagara Falls

This Self Drive Includes

10 nights accommodation
9 days car hire with unlimited mileage

Flights & More


You can also personalise your holiday. Popular options include:

  • Extra nights in New York, Kingston, Niagara Falls or any location on your route
  • An upgrade to your car to an SUV, 4×4 or electric vehicle

Next Step

Please get in touch with our America Experts to start planning your holiday. You’ll have a single point of contact from your first enquiry through booking.

New York to Niagara Falls Road Trip

11 day Fly Drive – from £1125

With flights from £1675

Price is per person, based on two people sharing a double or twin room and includes pre-booked accommodation, air-conditioned car and unlimited mileage. One way fees charged locally. Hotels specified are subject to availability and may be substituted by one of a similar or higher standard.

Tour code: TRV-AT-17
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