10 days in Finger Lakes Itinerary

10 days in Finger Lakes Itinerary

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10 days in Finger Lakes Itinerary

Start: Rochester
1
Rochester
— 3 nights
Train:  1​h 15​min
2
Syracuse
— 2 nights
Bus + Taxi:  1​h 15​min
3
Ithaca
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
4
Hammondsport
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
End: Rochester

3
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Rochester

Rochester ©
Blending big-city culture with small-town charm, Rochester sits on the southern shore of Lake Ontario.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Chimney Bluffs State Park and Grimes Glen. Take a break from the city and head to Genesee Country Village & Museum and Corbett's Glen Nature Park. Get out of town with these interesting Rochester side-trips: Stony Brook State Park (in Dansville), Deer Run Winery (in Geneseo) and Geneva (Seneca Lake State Park & billsboro winery). There's much more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Erie Canal Trail, explore the activities along Erie Canal, relax in the rural setting at Whitter Fruit Farm, and take in the views from Pont de Rennes Bridge.

To find traveler tips, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Rochester trip itinerary maker website .

Use the Route module to see travel options from your home to Rochester. In September, plan for daily highs up to 76°F, and evening lows to 54°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sun) early enough to take a train to Syracuse.

Things to do in Rochester

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Geneva, Erie Canal, Grimes Glen, Chimney Bluffs State Park, Genesee Country Village & Museum
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Stony Brook State Park ©
Stony Brook State Park
Genesee Country Village & Museum ©
Genesee Country Village & Museum
Chimney Bluffs State Park
Chimney Bluffs State Park

2
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Syracuse

Syracuse ©
Syracuse is a city in, and the county seat of, Onondaga County, New York, in the United States. On the 9th (Mon), admire the majestic nature at Green Lakes State Park, then admire the striking features of Clinton Square, then look for all kinds of wild species at Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge, and finally look for gifts at DROOZ And Company. Here are some ideas for day two: steep yourself in history at Harriet Tubman Home, steep yourself in history at Seward House Museum, then see the interesting displays at It's A Wonderful Life Museum, and finally explore and take pictures at Beaver Lake Nature Center.

To see more things to do, ratings, photos, and tourist information, read Syracuse trip itinerary planner .

Take a train from Rochester to Syracuse in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In September, daily temperatures in Syracuse can reach 76°F, while at night they dip to 53°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Tue) so you can travel to Ithaca.

Things to do in Syracuse

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites

Side Trips

Seneca Falls, Auburn, DROOZ And Company, Green Lakes State Park, Beaver Lake Nature Center
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Green Lakes State Park ©
Green Lakes State Park
Beaver Lake Nature Center ©
Beaver Lake Nature Center
Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge ©

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Ithaca

Ithaca ©
Ithaca is a city in the Southern Tier-Finger Lakes region of New York. Take a break from the city and head to Cayuga Lake and Stewart Park. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Cornell Botanic Gardens and Shequaga Falls. Venture out of the city with trips to Hermann J. Wiemer Vineyard (in Dundee), Hazlitt 1852 Vineyards (in Hector) and Watkins Glen International (in Watkins Glen). Next up on the itinerary: tour the pleasant surroundings at Cascadilla Gorge Trail, take in the dramatic scenery at Ithaca Waterfalls, learn more about the world around you at Museum of the Earth, and experience rural life at Lively Run Dairy.

To find where to stay, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Ithaca visit planning tool .

Do a combination of bus and taxi from Syracuse to Ithaca in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In September, daytime highs in Ithaca are 73°F, while nighttime lows are 50°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Fri) so you can drive to Hammondsport.

Things to do in Ithaca

Parks Nature Wineries

Side Trips

Hermann J. Wiemer Vineyard, Lively Run Dairy, Two Goats Brewing, Shequaga Falls, Hazlitt 1852 Vineyards
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Cayuga Lake ©
Cayuga Lake
Shequaga Falls ©
Shequaga Falls
Stewart Park ©
Stewart Park

1
night
Hammondsport

Hammondsport ©
Hammondsport is a village at the south end of Keuka Lake, one of the Finger Lakes of, New York, United States. On the 14th (Sat), do a tasting at Heron Hill Winery, learn about winemaking at McGregor Vineyard, then sample the tasty concoctions at Lakewood Vineyards, and finally hike along Keuka Lake Outlet Trail.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Hammondsport trip planning tool .

You can drive from Ithaca to Hammondsport in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. September in Hammondsport sees daily highs of 75°F and lows of 54°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive back home.

Things to do in Hammondsport

Wineries Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Keuka Lake Outlet Trail, McGregor Vineyard, Lakewood Vineyards
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Lakewood Vineyards ©
Lakewood Vineyards
Heron Hill Winery ©
Heron Hill Winery
McGregor Vineyard ©
McGregor Vineyard

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