9-Day New York State Road Trip Itinerary for Families

upstate New York state road trip

We headed out on a road trip through New York state only because we wanted to visit Niagara Falls and live in Rhode Island. I was so impressed with the beauty and diversity of New York state. It is so much more than New York City and its suburbs. Here is a basic itinerary of our New York State road trip, including links to specific locations.

Day 1 and 2: Albany, the Erie Canal and Herkimer

Visit the capital city of New York– You knew it wasn’t NYC, right? The Erie Canal was an incredible history lesson that I didn’t even know we needed to learn. We all loved the experience of riding the locks on a canal cruise.

Day 3: Ithaca

Robert H. Treman State Park is one of the nicest hikes I have been on in the US– so pretty– and Ithaca is a darling, little college town.

Day 4-6: Niagara Falls, New York and Canada

Niagara Falls is a bucket list item for sure!

Day  7 and 8:  Buffalo and Lake George, New York

My son loved having buffalo wings in at Anchor Bar in Buffalo where the first buffalo wings were reportedly served.

Day 9: Saratoga Springs, New York

Things to do in upstate New York
Wild birds wade among the ponds of Congress Park, Saratoga Springs, New York.

This idyllic town set in the foothills of the Adirondack Mountains still has the water springs that made it a destination for pilgrims seeking health in the 1800s.

Enjoy your New York state road trip and be sure to read more about my travels in New York state or my Ultimate US Road Trip Guide.

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