Hudson Valley, Syracuse and Buffalo Self DriveReference WW39096
Enjoy a 9 night holiday exploring Hudson Valley, Syracuse and Buffalo. Start off your holiday in Hudson Valley where you will stay in the Hampton Inn Fishkill for your first 3 nights. Next, make your way to Syracuse where you will spend 3 nights staying at the Courtyard Syracuse Downtown at Armory Square. Finally, your last 3 night will be spent in Buffalo where you will be staying in the Adams Mark Buffalo. All hotels are on a Room Only board basis.
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Pick up your car rental upon arrival at New York Stewart International Airport to begin your exploration of New York State’s stunning Hudson River Valley and Catskill Mountains. Designated as a National Heritage Area, the Hudson 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 cafe.
Begin your day with a casual stroll along the longest elevated 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 U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt and America’s first 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 of the Golden Age of Aviation to the 1930s. Mid-June-October consider taking to the skies with a biplane ride any day of the week and enjoy spectacular air shows on the weekends
This morning visit Innisfree Garden. Recognized as one of the "world's ten best gardens," the meditative Asian ‘cup” garden landscape is a sublime composition of rock, water, wood and sky. Nearby is Millbrook Vineyards & Winery where you can take a behind-the-scenes tour and sample their award-winning wines. Then spend the rest of your day shopping and dining in the historic village of Rhinebeck with numerous boutique shops, farm-to-table restaurants, bars and cafes and if you’re around on the weekend, take in a festival or event at the Dutchess County Fairgounds.
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 neighborhood with a new attitude boasts specialty restaurants, boutique shops and entertainment venues.
Today is your shopping day! Visit Destiny USA for premier shopping, dining and entertainment. This is the 6th largest shopping center 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.
This morning visit the Ska-nonh - Great Law of Peace Center, a Heritage Center 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 barbeque and weekly lineups of blues musicians.
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 Labor 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 Harbor. 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.
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 neighborhood 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.
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 neighborhoods 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 Theater. Cruise the churning waters near the base during a Maid of the Mist boat ride, 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 multicolored 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.
Return your rental car at Buffalo Niagara International Airport prior to your departure