There is nothing quite like a New York to Buffalo road trip. When you're ready to leave NYC and head to the Empire State's second-biggest city, your trek starts with a 1.5-hour drive to the Delaware Water Gap, a national recreational area at the border of New Jersey and Pennsylvania. Even though your starting and ending points are in the same state, the fastest route will take you through these neighboring states. When you've reached Binghamton in southern New York, you're already halfway to Buffalo. Once you get there, you owe it to yourself to check out Niagara Falls at the U.S.-Canadian border. It will be well worth it.
Saratoga National Historical Park
Located 40 miles north of Albany, Saratoga National Historical Park makes a good stop if you don't mind going a few hours off your route. This is a great place to stretch your legs and explore. The best trails to walk are the ones in the Saratoga Battlefield. Although, if you aren't an experienced hiker you may want to stick to only the Wilkinson Trail, which runs 4.5 miles.
You could also make the 20-minute drive to the Saratoga Monument and the Schuyler House. The monument marks the site where General Burgoyne surrendered to the U.S. Army. Schuyler's house was the home of a fellow General. Just over one mile from the monument is the 22-acre Victory Woods, significant because it was where General Burgoyne camped prior to surrendering. Victory Woods includes a trail and boardwalk that stretches for 1/2 a mile. This can be the best place to sightsee at the park. To tour the battlefield, you'll have to proceed to the park's visitor center. Its self-guided tour takes you past 10 exhibits spread out over nine miles.
Women's Rights National Historical Park
Not far from Buffalo is the Women's Rights National Historical Park. The park was the site of the first convention demanding equal rights for women. There are some notable attractions in the park, including a 100-foot waterwall found in the smaller Declaration Park. Written on the wall is the text of the Declaration of Sentiments.
While you're there, make your way over to the house of the woman who wrote the original text, Elizabeth Cady Stanton. Rangers lead tours of the house, where Elizabeth lived with her family for 15 years. Your visit should also include a stop at the M'Clintock House where the Women's Rights Convention was first drafted by its inhabitants, Mary Ann and Thomas.
Buttermilk Falls State Park
Along your trip, stop in Ithaca and visit the Buttermilk Falls State Park. If you want to camp overnight, you have to make reservations at least a few days ahead of time. Even if you don't want to stay overnight, there are still fun activities to do while you're there. Though swimming is only permitted during the summer months, there are quite a few trails you can choose to hike year-round. Some of them are one way, like the Rim Trail and Gorge Trail Loop. The only drawback is that you aren't allowed in the nearby water. If you want to spend time hiking near the water, you can head to the park's wetland area, called Larch Meadows.
Robert H. Treman State Park
Also in Ithaca is the Robert H. Treman State Park. Since Enfield Glen is the most scenic part of the park, head here first if your time is limited. If you have time to walk its trails, you will see 12 waterfalls, the most prominent being Lucifer Falls at 115-feet tall. Overall, the park's trails span nine miles so it's a great place for a walk through nature. You can even cool off in the pool located at the foot of a waterfall, as long as a lifeguard is on duty.
Letchworth State Park
You may be nowhere near the Grand Canyon, but Letchworth State Park is the next best thing. Its nickname as the "Grand Canyon of the East" is well earned. You can see three waterfalls, each of which is hundreds of feet tall, and the surrounding forests. If you like to hike, this is the place to be. With 66 miles of trails, you'll find at least one worth navigating. In warmer weather, you can go kayaking or white water rafting at this park. During the winter, you can engage in snowmobiling, snow-tubing, and even cross-country skiing.
Delaware Water Gap
An NYC to Buffalo RV road trip should include a stop at the Delaware Water Gap along the way. Home to many archaeological sites, it also features many Dutch and colonial buildings. The area is historically significant because much of the French and Indian War took place there. Since the 19th century, it has been considered a resort and attracts numerous tourists every year.
Located along the Cascadilla Creek in Ithaca is Cascadilla Falls, which is 41 feet tall. It is one of the few waterfalls along the creek that has been given a name – six others are unnamed. The best time of year to see these waterfalls is spring because this is when the flow of water is the strongest. However, if you are more interested in seeing the canyon behind it, you'll want to visit during the summer when the water level of the falls is much lower.
Spanning over 9,000 square miles in Upstate New York, the Finger Lakes are a popular place to spend time in nature. This region includes 11 glacier lakes, some of which are among the deepest in the U.S. Its gorges, waterfalls, and rolling hills make it one of the most scenic spots you'll see along the way.
More than just a sightseeing spot, the Finger Lakes region is home to many farms, breweries, and vineyards. Its five wine trails and 130 wineries are worth exploring; however, they are often crowded during the summer and fall. If you can make the trip during winter or early spring, you will find that the area is more relaxed.
On your road trip from New York to Buffalo, you'll pass through Wilkes-Barre along I-81 in Pennsylvania. You may want to stop for the night at a nearby campground like Silver Valley. During your stay, you'll have access to indoor bathrooms and showers, as well as a place to buy groceries, and even laundry facilities. You can relax in the pool or go fishing while you're there.
From Wilkes-Barre, Binghamton is about 80 miles north also just off the I-81. The city has plenty of places to camp out overnight including the Pine Valley RV Park & Campground. In addition to a laundry area and a dump station, you have access to boats you can rent to take out on the water and go fishing. When you want to spend some time inside, head into the campground office to take an ice cream break and purchase any camping supplies you may need, or head over to the arcade room.
Watkins Glen is a worthy stop on your trip if you're headed to the Finger Lakes. You may find yourself hesitant to move on to Buffalo until you've seen everything that Watkins Glen has to offer. At the Gorge Trail of the Watkins Glen State Park, you'll see a total of 19 waterfalls lining the 2.5 miles of trail.
When you follow this road trip itinerary from NYC to Buffalo, you will enjoy historic locations and beautiful scenery along the way. If you want to travel in comfort and style, consider an RV rental from RVshare. From large motorhomes to compact campervans, there is a rig that will meet your travel and budget needs. Once you hit the road, you are protected by our renter guarantee and 24/7 roadside assistance. Find the perfect vehicle for your travel needs in New York City or Buffalo.