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Empire State Building Observation Deck
Bridge over the River Hudson, Hudson Valley, New York State, USA
Hudson Valley
Syracuse, New York
Syracuse, New York
Syracuse, New York State
Buffalo, New York
Buffalo, New York
Niagara Falls, Ontario
View from the Empire State Building Observation Deck, Day

New York State of Mind

10 day Fly Drive – from £1485

With flights from £2035

Visit picturesque New York State on this self drive that takes you from New York City to Buffalo. Take in the beauty of the Hudson Valley and the Finger lakes before making your way to gaze upon the mighty Niagara Falls.

Highlights:
  • See the beauty of the Hudson Valley
  • Explore the Finger Lakes
  • Visit Buffalo and try their famous wings
  • Gaze upon the might of the Niagara Falls

Your Itinerary

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You can customise this itinerary by adding extra nights or destinations. Just let us know what you would like to do

Empire State Building Observation Deck

Day 1 – Welcome to New York/ Hudson Valley

On arrival, pick-up your rental car and begin your exploration of New York State with a…

On arrival, pick-up your rental car and begin your exploration of New York State with a 90-minute drive to the Hudson Valley. Designated as a National Heritage Area, the valley is steeped in history, natural beauty, culture, a burgeoning food and farmer’s market scene and great shopping. Treat yourself with a visit to the world’s premier culinary college – The Culinary Institute of America. While here, join a student-guided tour, do a little shopping and be sure to enjoy the campus’ award-winning restaurants and cafes.

    Hampton Inn Fishkill or similar

Empire State Building Observation Deck
Bridge over the River Hudson, Hudson Valley, New York State, USA

Day 2 – Hudson Valley

Begin your day with a casual stroll along the longest pedestrian bridge in the world. Standing…

Begin your day with a casual stroll along the longest pedestrian bridge in the world. Standing 212 feet above water and 1.28 miles in length, Walkway Over the Hudson State Historic Park offers hikers, bikers and strollers spectacular views of the Hudson River Valley. Today is also the perfect day to visit the Roosevelt-Vanderbilt National Historic Sites. Here you can tour Vanderbilt Mansion – a remarkably complete example of a gilded-age country place, the Home of FDR and Presidential Library & Museum, and his wife Eleanor’s private cottage. Save time to visit the Old Rhinebeck Aerodrome. This ‘living’ museum presents one of the largest collections of early aeroplanes in the world, as well as automobiles, motorcycles, early engines and memorabilia spanning the period from 1900-1939. June-October, consider taking to the skies with a biplane ride any day of the week and enjoy weekend air shows.

    Hampton Inn Fishkill or similar

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

Day 3 – Hudson Valley

This morning visit Madava Farms, the largest sugarhouse producing quite possibly the purest maple syrup…

This morning visit Madava Farms, the largest sugarhouse producing quite possibly the purest maple syrup on Earth – Crown Maple. Go behind the scenes with a tour and enjoy gourmet culinary experiences along with breathtaking views. Following your morning at the farm, visit Innisfree Garden. Recognised as one of the ‘world’s ten best gardens’, Innisfree is a distinctly American stroll garden – a sublime composition of rock, water, wood and sky achieved with remarkable grace. This evening, dine in historic Rhinebeck and sample some wine along the Duchess County Wine Trail.

    Hampton Inn Fishkill or similar

Hudson Valley
Syracuse, New York

Day 4 – Syracuse

Today, make your way east from the Hudson Valley to the middle of the state and…

Today, make your way east from the Hudson Valley to the middle of the state and eastern gateway to the Finger Lakes region – Syracuse. This afternoon and evening explore downtown’s Armory Square. This old neighbourhood with a new attitude boasts speciality restaurants, boutique shops and entertainment venues.

    Hudson Valley > Syracuse | 200 miles

    Jefferson Clinton Hotel or similar

Syracuse, New York
Syracuse, New York

Day 5 – Syracuse

Today is your shopping day! Visit Destiny USA for premier shopping, dining and entertainment. This i

Today is your shopping day! Visit Destiny USA for premier shopping, dining and entertainment. This is the 6th largest shopping centre in the United States and you’ll find well-known branded stores, unique shopping and everything in between from Go Karts at Pole Position to bowling and high ropes courses. Believe me you will find enough to do here for a full day of fun! Following your shopping time spend the late afternoon and evening in the close by village of Skaneateles. This quintessential Finger Lakes village offers fine boutique shopping, art galleries, placid scenery, wineries and a scenic boat tour on Mid-Lakes Navigation. Spend time perusing shops and wandering this picture perfect area and enjoying dinner before heading back to your hotel to finish out the evening.

    Jefferson Clinton Hotel or similar

Syracuse, New York
Syracuse, New York State

Day 6 – Syracuse

This morning visit the Ska-nonh – Great Law of Peace Centre, a Heritage Centre focused on…

This morning visit the Ska-nonh – Great Law of Peace Centre, a Heritage Centre focused on telling the story of the native peoples of central New York. Here, history is told through the lens of the Onondaga Nation who remain among the last sovereign Indigenous peoples in the US. Spend the afternoon at the Erie Canal Museum. Committed to preserving the only existing weighlock building in the US, this 1850 structure features a full-size replica of a canal boat and many hands-on exhibits. This evening, plan for a feast at the original Dinosaur Bar-B-Que. Home to bikers and businessmen alike, this Syracuse legend offers critically acclaimed barbecue and weekly line-ups of blues musicians.

    Jefferson Clinton Hotel or similar

Syracuse, New York State
Buffalo, New York

Day 7 – Buffalo

Today, hit the road once more and shuffle off to Buffalo, the second largest city in…

Today, hit the road once more and shuffle off to Buffalo, the second largest city in New York State. Upon arrival discover the jewel in Buffalo’s crown – Canalside. This beautiful new destination located on the shore of Lake Erie boasts free scheduled events nearly every day from Memorial Day through Labour Day and plenty of everyday activities. Dine along the water, walk along the boardwalk, take a historical boat tour, rent kayaks or water bikes, or visit the Naval & Military Park museum, home to several decommissioned US Naval vessels. You won’t want to miss the sunset – it’s spectacular! And once dusk hits, see one of Buffalo’s historic grain elevators transform into a spectacular light sculpture. This evolving light show can be enjoyed from the boardwalk and Outer Harbour. Should you wish to explore a little further, make your way to nearby Riverworks Restaurant & Brewery for another beautiful view of the lake before returning to your hotel.

    Syracuse > Buffalo | 200 miles

    Adam’s Mark Buffalo or similar

Buffalo, New York
Buffalo, New York

Day 8 – Buffalo

For those interested in architecture, this can be an all Wright day as Buffalo is home…

For those interested in architecture, this can be an all Wright day as Buffalo is home to five of Frank Lloyd Wright’s residential, recreational and monumental designs. Start with a visit and tour of the famous Martin House. This multi-structure estate designed for Darwin D. Martin is a masterpiece of 20th-century architecture and is widely considered one of Wright’s finest Prairie Houses – a signature work from the early years of his celebrated career. Later, embark on Buffalo Bites Food Tours three-hour guided walking and dining tour of Elmwood Village. It’s the perfect combo – eat delicious samples from local eateries, explore the neighbourhood and enjoy entertaining history. Continue to enjoy the outdoors this evening by visiting one or more of Buffalo’s craft breweries. In fact, pick up Buffalo’s Brewcation Passport to guide you through the city’s brewery landscape. Alternatively, visit The Buffalo Zoo or famous Albright Knox Art Gallery rounding out your day in and around the Elmwood Village area.

    Adam’s Mark Buffalo or similar

Buffalo, New York
Niagara Falls, Ontario

Day 9 – Niagara Falls

This morning, lose yourself without getting lost during a self-guided walking tour. Enjoy beautiful buildings and…

This morning, lose yourself without getting lost during a self-guided walking tour. Enjoy beautiful buildings and splashes of public art within the city’s neighbourhoods while building up an appetite for Buffalo Style Wings at Anchor Bar – home of the original chicken wing. Mild, medium, hot or suicidal (if you dare) – all are served with Bleu cheese and celery. After lunch, be captivated by the sheer beauty and power of Niagara Falls. See this legendary force of nature from every angle at Niagara Falls State Park. Witness the intensity of the falls from inches away at the Cave of the Winds, or meet the legends and marvel at the myths at the Niagara Legends of Adventure Theatre. Cruise the churning waters near the base of the falls, or photograph both the American and Horseshoe Falls from the 230-foot Observation Tower. Every evening beginning at dusk watch the falls transform into a multicoloured water and light masterpiece, and enjoy a spectacular display of fireworks every Wednesday, Friday and Sunday evening May-October. Return to Buffalo in the late evening. 

    Adam’s Mark Buffalo or similar

Niagara Falls, Ontario
View from the Empire State Building Observation Deck, Day

Day 10 – Farewell from Buffalo

Today marks the end of your adventure. Return your rental car at Buffalo Niagara International Airpo

Today marks the end of your adventure. Return your rental car at Buffalo Niagara International Airport prior to your departure. 

View from the Empire State Building Observation Deck, Day

Your Itinerary

You can customise this itinerary by adding extra nights or destinations. Just let us know what you would like to do

Day 1

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Welcome to New York/ Hudson Valley

On arrival, pick-up your rental car and begin your exploration of New York State with a 90-minute drive to the Hudson Valley. Designated as a National Heritage Area, the valley is steeped in history, natural beauty, culture, a burgeoning food and farmer’s market scene and great shopping. Treat yourself with a visit to the world’s premier culinary college – The Culinary Institute of America. While here, join a student-guided tour, do a little shopping and be sure to enjoy the campus’ award-winning restaurants and cafes.

    Hampton Inn Fishkill or similar

Empire State Building Observation Deck

Day 2

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Hudson Valley

Begin your day with a casual stroll along the longest pedestrian bridge in the world. Standing 212 feet above water and 1.28 miles in length, Walkway Over the Hudson State Historic Park offers hikers, bikers and strollers spectacular views of the Hudson River Valley. Today is also the perfect day to visit the Roosevelt-Vanderbilt National Historic Sites. Here you can tour Vanderbilt Mansion – a remarkably complete example of a gilded-age country place, the Home of FDR and Presidential Library & Museum, and his wife Eleanor’s private cottage. Save time to visit the Old Rhinebeck Aerodrome. This ‘living’ museum presents one of the largest collections of early aeroplanes in the world, as well as automobiles, motorcycles, early engines and memorabilia spanning the period from 1900-1939. June-October, consider taking to the skies with a biplane ride any day of the week and enjoy weekend air shows.

    Hampton Inn Fishkill or similar

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

Day 3

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Hudson Valley

This morning visit Madava Farms, the largest sugarhouse producing quite possibly the purest maple syrup on Earth – Crown Maple. Go behind the scenes with a tour and enjoy gourmet culinary experiences along with breathtaking views. Following your morning at the farm, visit Innisfree Garden. Recognised as one of the ‘world’s ten best gardens’, Innisfree is a distinctly American stroll garden – a sublime composition of rock, water, wood and sky achieved with remarkable grace. This evening, dine in historic Rhinebeck and sample some wine along the Duchess County Wine Trail.

    Hampton Inn Fishkill or similar

Hudson Valley

Day 4

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Syracuse

Today, make your way east from the Hudson Valley to the middle of the state and eastern gateway to the Finger Lakes region – Syracuse. This afternoon and evening explore downtown’s Armory Square. This old neighbourhood with a new attitude boasts speciality restaurants, boutique shops and entertainment venues.

    Hudson Valley > Syracuse | 200 miles

    Jefferson Clinton Hotel or similar

Syracuse, New York

Day 5

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Syracuse

Today is your shopping day! Visit Destiny USA for premier shopping, dining and entertainment. This is the 6th largest shopping centre in the United States and you’ll find well-known branded stores, unique shopping and everything in between from Go Karts at Pole Position to bowling and high ropes courses. Believe me you will find enough to do here for a full day of fun! Following your shopping time spend the late afternoon and evening in the close by village of Skaneateles. This quintessential Finger Lakes village offers fine boutique shopping, art galleries, placid scenery, wineries and a scenic boat tour on Mid-Lakes Navigation. Spend time perusing shops and wandering this picture perfect area and enjoying dinner before heading back to your hotel to finish out the evening.

    Jefferson Clinton Hotel or similar

Syracuse, New York

Day 6

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Syracuse

This morning visit the Ska-nonh – Great Law of Peace Centre, a Heritage Centre focused on telling the story of the native peoples of central New York. Here, history is told through the lens of the Onondaga Nation who remain among the last sovereign Indigenous peoples in the US. Spend the afternoon at the Erie Canal Museum. Committed to preserving the only existing weighlock building in the US, this 1850 structure features a full-size replica of a canal boat and many hands-on exhibits. This evening, plan for a feast at the original Dinosaur Bar-B-Que. Home to bikers and businessmen alike, this Syracuse legend offers critically acclaimed barbecue and weekly line-ups of blues musicians.

    Jefferson Clinton Hotel or similar

Syracuse, New York State

Day 7

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Buffalo

Today, hit the road once more and shuffle off to Buffalo, the second largest city in New York State. Upon arrival discover the jewel in Buffalo’s crown – Canalside. This beautiful new destination located on the shore of Lake Erie boasts free scheduled events nearly every day from Memorial Day through Labour Day and plenty of everyday activities. Dine along the water, walk along the boardwalk, take a historical boat tour, rent kayaks or water bikes, or visit the Naval & Military Park museum, home to several decommissioned US Naval vessels. You won’t want to miss the sunset – it’s spectacular! And once dusk hits, see one of Buffalo’s historic grain elevators transform into a spectacular light sculpture. This evolving light show can be enjoyed from the boardwalk and Outer Harbour. Should you wish to explore a little further, make your way to nearby Riverworks Restaurant & Brewery for another beautiful view of the lake before returning to your hotel.

    Syracuse > Buffalo | 200 miles

    Adam’s Mark Buffalo or similar

Buffalo, New York

Day 8

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Buffalo

For those interested in architecture, this can be an all Wright day as Buffalo is home to five of Frank Lloyd Wright’s residential, recreational and monumental designs. Start with a visit and tour of the famous Martin House. This multi-structure estate designed for Darwin D. Martin is a masterpiece of 20th-century architecture and is widely considered one of Wright’s finest Prairie Houses – a signature work from the early years of his celebrated career. Later, embark on Buffalo Bites Food Tours three-hour guided walking and dining tour of Elmwood Village. It’s the perfect combo – eat delicious samples from local eateries, explore the neighbourhood and enjoy entertaining history. Continue to enjoy the outdoors this evening by visiting one or more of Buffalo’s craft breweries. In fact, pick up Buffalo’s Brewcation Passport to guide you through the city’s brewery landscape. Alternatively, visit The Buffalo Zoo or famous Albright Knox Art Gallery rounding out your day in and around the Elmwood Village area.

    Adam’s Mark Buffalo or similar

Buffalo, New York

Day 9

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Niagara Falls

This morning, lose yourself without getting lost during a self-guided walking tour. Enjoy beautiful buildings and splashes of public art within the city’s neighbourhoods while building up an appetite for Buffalo Style Wings at Anchor Bar – home of the original chicken wing. Mild, medium, hot or suicidal (if you dare) – all are served with Bleu cheese and celery. After lunch, be captivated by the sheer beauty and power of Niagara Falls. See this legendary force of nature from every angle at Niagara Falls State Park. Witness the intensity of the falls from inches away at the Cave of the Winds, or meet the legends and marvel at the myths at the Niagara Legends of Adventure Theatre. Cruise the churning waters near the base of the falls, or photograph both the American and Horseshoe Falls from the 230-foot Observation Tower. Every evening beginning at dusk watch the falls transform into a multicoloured water and light masterpiece, and enjoy a spectacular display of fireworks every Wednesday, Friday and Sunday evening May-October. Return to Buffalo in the late evening. 

    Adam’s Mark Buffalo or similar

Niagara Falls, Ontario

Day 10

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Farewell from Buffalo

Today marks the end of your adventure. Return your rental car at Buffalo Niagara International Airport prior to your departure. 

View from the Empire State Building Observation Deck, Day

Your Self Drive Includes

9 nights’ accommodation
Modern air-conditioned car
Well planned, easy to follow route

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  • Extra nights in New York, Syracuse or any location en route

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New York State of Mind

10 day Fly Drive – from £1485

With flights from £2035

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