A luxury USA road trip taking in the best of New York State's food and wine
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City | Food & wine | History & culture | Natural world | Self-drive
This 9-day tailor-made tour is the prefect way to experience the best of New York State. The trip starts in New York City, arguably America's most iconic metropolis and home to some of the world's most recognisable sights including the Statue of Liberty, Broadway, the Empire State Building and Central Park, as well as some of the best dining anywhere in the US. After experiencing all New York has to offer, jump in a hire car and head north to the quiet towns, beautiful countryside, superb family-owned wineries and artisan farmers' markets around Hudson Valley and the Finger Lakes, a complete contrast to the Big Apple. The climax of this memorable holiday will be at the magnificent Niagara Falls, a natural wonder to rival any other on the planet.
Day by day itinerary
UK/New York City
Spend three days in the Big Apple. As one of the world's great cities, New York needs little introduction. Perhaps contrast Times Square's neon bustle with the relaxed greenery of Central Park or spend some time in cutting-edge SoHo and trendy Brooklyn. Be sure to head to the top of the Rockefeller Center for the best views.
Stay: Sheraton New York
Drive towards the Finger Lakes for a stay on the crystal-clear lake shores of Skaneateles, home to a historic downtown dating back to 1796. En route, perhaps stop off at the lovely Hudson Valley. A world apart from the city you’ve left behind, its green pastures and farmland have inspired a whole school of art along with plenty of stately manors. One such is Kykuit, the palatial home to generations of the Rockefeller dynasty, which features sculptures by Henry Moore in the gardens. On arrival in the Finger Lakes, spend time exploring the region's wineries and vineyards on one of four wine trails surrounding the picturesque lakes of Canadaigua, Cayuga, Keuka and Seneca. If you time it right then the Finger Lakes Wine Festival at Watkins Glen in July is a great way to experience the region's produce with over 90 wineries, live musicians and artists in attendance.
Stay: Hope Lake Lodge
Take the scenic route to Niagara Falls, driving the Great Lakes Seaway Trail – a designated Scenic Byway. On your way, perhaps make a stop at Rochester. Situated on the shores of Lake Ontario it features a range of excellent museums along with serving as an excellent launchpad for the pretty gorges along the Genesee River and the region's famous wineries. On arrival at the falls, you’ll be based in the historic village of Lewiston ten minutes from the thundering currents. Once there, choose between a jet boat tour or the more sedate Maid of the Mist, for a closer view.
Stay: Sheraton at the Falls
Heading back to New York, stop off for the night at Corning, a small city known for its glass making industry. Visit the fascinating Corning Museum of Glass, which contains some wonderful interactive exhibits and more than 4,000 objects, tracing the history of glassmaking over the last 3,500 years.
Stay: Radisson Corning
New York City/UK
Return to the city that never sleeps for your return flight home, arriving back in the UK on day 9.
9-day self-drive from £1,815 incl. flights
Price from: £1,815 (low season) & £2,445 per person
Valid for travel: year round (best time due to weather: Apr-Sep)
Inclusive of: Return international flights, 8 nights accommodation on a room only basis, 9 days car-hire.
Terms & Conditions: Prices are per person based on two people sharing a twin/double room. Prices are subject to availability. Normal booking conditions apply.
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