12 days in Finger Lakes Itinerary

12 days in Finger Lakes Itinerary

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12 days in Finger Lakes Itinerary

Start: Charlotte
Fly:  3​h 30​min
1
Ithaca
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
2
Hammondsport
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
3
Rochester
— 3 nights
4
Syracuse
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
End: Charlotte

2
nights
Ithaca

Ithaca ©
Ithaca is a city in the Southern Tier-Finger Lakes region of New York. Hazlitt 1852 Vineyards and Lamoreaux Landing Wine Cellars are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Take a break from the city and head to Cayuga Lake and Cayuga Wine Trail. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Ithaca: Two Goats Brewing (in Burdett) and Shequaga Falls (in Montour Falls). There's lots more to do: admire the sheer force of Ithaca Waterfalls, admire the masterpieces at Johnson Museum of Art, learn more about the world around you at Museum of the Earth, and experience rural life at Lively Run Dairy.

For photos, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Ithaca online trip itinerary maker .

Charlotte to Ithaca is an approximately 3.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Charlotte in September, with highs in Ithaca at 73°F and lows at 50°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) so you can go by car to Hammondsport.

Things to do in Ithaca

Parks Nature Wineries

Side Trips

Two Goats Brewing, Shequaga Falls, Cayuga Wine Trail, Hazlitt 1852 Vineyards, Lively Run Dairy
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Lamoreaux Landing Wine Cellars ©
Lamoreaux Landing Wine Cellars
Hazlitt 1852 Vineyards ©
Hazlitt 1852 Vineyards
Cayuga Wine Trail ©
Cayuga Wine Trail

4
nights
Hammondsport

Hammondsport ©
Hammondsport is a village at the south end of Keuka Lake, one of the Finger Lakes of, New York, United States. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Fox Run Vineyards and Hermann J. Wiemer Vineyard. Get some cultural insight at Heron Hill Winery and Keuka Spring Vineyards. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Hammondsport: Lakewood Vineyards (in Watkins Glen), Corning (Gaffer District & Vitrix Hot Glass Studio) and Stony Brook State Park (in Dansville). Next up on the itinerary: take in the dramatic scenery at Grimes Glen and do a tasting at Castel Grisch.

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Traveling by car from Ithaca to Hammondsport takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. September in Hammondsport sees daily highs of 75°F and lows of 54°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Rochester.

Things to do in Hammondsport

Wineries Parks Nature

Side Trips

Penn Yan, Dundee, Corning, Watkins Glen, Rock Stream
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Hermann J. Wiemer Vineyard ©
Hermann J. Wiemer Vineyard
Keuka Spring Vineyards ©
Keuka Spring Vineyards
Stony Brook State Park ©
Stony Brook State Park

3
nights
Rochester

Rochester ©
Blending big-city culture with small-town charm, Rochester sits on the southern shore of Lake Ontario.
Genesee Riverway Trail has been added to your itinerary. Get outdoors at Chimney Bluffs State Park and Genesee Country Village & Museum. Discover out-of-the-way places like National Susan B. Anthony Museum & House and Book of Mormon Publication Site. When in Rochester, make a side trip to see Smith Family Farm in Palmyra, approximately 38 minutes away. There's still lots to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Ontario Beach Park, get engrossed in the history at Rochester Museum & Science Center, contemplate the waterfront views at Erie Canal, and snap pictures at Pont de Rennes Bridge.

To see ratings, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Rochester tour app .

You can drive from Hammondsport to Rochester in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In September, daytime highs in Rochester are 76°F, while nighttime lows are 54°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Tue) to allow enough time to take a train to Syracuse.

Things to do in Rochester

Parks Museums Outdoors

Side Trips

Palmyra, Genesee Country Village & Museum, Erie Canal, Chimney Bluffs State Park
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Genesee Country Village & Museum ©
Genesee Country Village & Museum
Chimney Bluffs State Park
Chimney Bluffs State Park

2
nights
Syracuse

Syracuse ©
Syracuse is a city in, and the county seat of, Onondaga County, New York, in the United States. On the 2nd (Wed), contemplate the long history of Seward House Museum, identify plant and animal life at Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge, and then contemplate the long history of Fort Ontario State Historic Site. Keep things going the next day: immerse yourself in nature at Green Lakes State Park, contemplate the long history of Onondaga Lake Park, then identify plant and animal life at Beaver Lake Nature Center, and finally admire the striking features of Clinton Square.

For reviews, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Syracuse vacation builder tool .

You can take a train from Rochester to Syracuse in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In October, daytime highs in Syracuse are 63°F, while nighttime lows are 45°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Syracuse

Parks Historic Sites Wildlife

Side Trips

Beaver Lake Nature Center, Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge, Fort Ontario State Historic Site, Green Lakes State Park, Onondaga Lake Park
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Seward House Museum ©
Seward House Museum
Beaver Lake Nature Center ©
Beaver Lake Nature Center
Fort Ontario State Historic Site ©

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