New York - Finger Lakes - Watkins Glen - Niagara Falls (444 miles)
We will begin our journey by departing from New York City, driving north past the beautiful Delaware River Gap into the heart of the Finger Lakes region. We will walk through Watkins Glen State Park and admire the beautiful waterfalls. During the winter, we will go to Montour Falls instead of Watkins Glen. Then, we will continue past Seneca Lake on our way to Niagara Falls. After we arrive in the afternoon, we will tour the U.S. side of the falls, visiting the American Falls, Goat Island and Luna Island. In the evening, we will enjoy the stunning Illumination of the Falls.
Finger Lakes, NY
The Finger Lakes are located in the west-central section of Upstate New York in the United States. This popular tourist destination consists of eleven lakes and these are: Canadice Lake, Canandaigua Lake, Cayuga Lake, Conesus Lake, Hemlock Lake, Honeoye Lake, Keuka Lake, Otisco Lake, Owasco Lake, Seneca Lake and Skaneateles Lake. The lakes resemble fingers because they are long and narrow.
Watkins Glen, NY
Watkins Glen is a village in Schuyler County, New York. This is the birthplace of the Watkins Glen International, one of the premier automobile road racing tracks in the United States. Sitting on the south shore of Seneca Lake, it is also famous for its beautiful natural sceneries.
Watkins Glen State Park
Touted as a National Scenic Trail in the US, the Watkins Glen State Park is the perfect destination for outdoor activities and nature photography. South of Seneca Lake, visitors can anticipate breathtaking natural trails, waterfalls, unique rock formations, cascades, and more.
Opening Hours: May - Oct
Niagara Falls, NY
Among the most beautiful natural wonders in the world, Niagara Falls are comprised of three waterfalls that thunder and astound, producing a higher flow rate than any other waterfall in the world and standing at a height of 167 feet.
Niagara Falls Illumination
For more than 75 years, visitors to Niagara Falls have been able to enjoy a nighttime illumination of the impressive American and Horseshoe falls. Every night, at dusk, visitors can experience the falls lit in the colors of the rainbow.
Goat Island is an Island in the Niagara River located between the two waterfalls that makes up Niagara Falls. Its Terrapin Point is often visited by tourists and offers some of the most breathtaking views of the falls.
Standard Hotel: Niagara Falls - Ramada by Wyndham or similar
Niagara Falls - Toronto - Thousand Islands (215 miles)
We will begin our day by taking in a magnificent view of the Horseshoe Falls before continuing to the lovely little town of Niagara-on-the-Lake. Then, we will continue to Toronto, the financial capital of Canada, where we will visit HTO Park, Brookfield Place, City Hall and the Distillery Historic District. We will leave the city and travel to the beautiful Thousand Islands region, arriving in the evening.
Niagara Falls Canada, ON
Known and loved for both their power and their beauty, the Niagara Falls offer an experience unlike any other. More water tumbles down from the Niagara River every minute than any other place in the world.
Hornblower Niagara Cruise & Incline Railway
Formerly Maid of the Mist, the Hornblower Cruise now runs Niagara cruise operations on the Canadian side of the Falls. This boat ride will take passengers as close to the roaring waters of the Falls as possible!
Journey Behind the Falls
The "Journey Behind the Falls" is an attraction on the Canadian side of Horseshoe Falls which allows tourists to to guide themselves through the rock behind Niagara for an up-close look at the cascading water.
Will replace when Hornblower Niagara Cruise is closed
Perched on the shores of beautiful Lake Ontario, this historic city combines modern innovation with traditional Canadian culture and style.
Eaton Centre is a shopping mall like no other, and Toronto's most popular tourist attraction. The glass-domed building is as famous for its architecture and art as it is for the hundreds of stores inside.
Ontario Legislative Building
The Ontario Legislative Building in Toronto, Ontario, Canada is the seventh structure to function as the parliamentary building of the province of Ontario. This impressive building is in the Richardsonian Romanesque architectural style and was built in 1893.
Only available from June till August
Toronto City Hall
This unique building complex is one of the most famous in Toronto, and also the home of the city's municipal government.
Thousand Islands, ON
An international tourism destination situated between Canada and the United States along the St. Lawrence River. The region takes its name from the more than 1,000 islands that dot the lakes and rivers along this international waterway.
Thousand Islands Cruise
In the Saint Lawrence River between New York and Ontario, there are 1,864 islands. This picturesque landscape has been a vacation destination for more than 150 years, and with good reason. The attractions include lighthouses, museums, fishing, and diving.
Standard Hotel: Gananoque - ClarionInn or similar
Thousand Islands - New York (373 miles)
Today we will return south to New York. On our way, we will stop at the Welland Canal Locks and one of the many Outlet Malls in the area. We will arrive back in New York City at night. See "Departure and Return Details" for more information.