31 days in Finger Lakes Itinerary

31 days in Finger Lakes Itinerary

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31 days in Finger Lakes Itinerary

Start: Rochester
1
Rochester
— 7 nights
train:  1​h 15​min
2
Syracuse
— 8 nights
bus + taxi:  1​h 15​min
3
Ithaca
— 7 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
4
Hammondsport
— 8 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
End: Rochester

7
nights
Rochester

Rochester ©
Blending big-city culture with small-town charm, Rochester sits on the southern shore of Lake Ontario.
Change things up with these side-trips from Rochester: Waterloo (Waterloo Premium Outlets, Muranda Cheese Company, & more), Canandaigua (Sonnenberg Gardens & Mansion State Historic Park & Naked Dove Brewing Company) and Genesee Country Village & Museum (in Mumford). Next up on the itinerary: have fun and explore at The Strong National Museum of Play, test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, get engrossed in the history at George Eastman Museum, and explore the different monuments and memorials at Mount Hope Cemetery.

For where to stay, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Rochester travel itinerary planner.

Use the Route module to see travel options from your home to Rochester. In October, daily temperatures in Rochester can reach 63°F, while at night they dip to 45°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Tue) to allow enough time to take a train to Syracuse.

Things to do in Rochester

Parks Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Waterloo, Pittsford, Palmyra, Canandaigua, Genesee Country Village & Museum
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The Strong National Museum of Play ©
George Eastman Museum ©
George Eastman Museum

8
nights
Syracuse

Syracuse ©
Syracuse is a city in, and the county seat of, Onondaga County, New York, in the United States. Change things up with these side-trips from Syracuse: Seneca Falls (It's A Wonderful Life Museum, Women's Rights National Historical Park, & more), Auburn (CJS Vineyards, Harriet Tubman Home, & more) and Skaneateles (Gallery 54, DROOZ And Company, & more). And it doesn't end there: get a taste of the local shopping with Destiny USA, brush up on your military savvy at Fort Ontario State Historic Site, gain insight at Beaver Lake Nature Center, and get engrossed in the history at Erie Canal Museum.

To find other places to visit, maps, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Syracuse road trip planner .

You can take a train from Rochester to Syracuse in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. October in Syracuse sees daily highs of 63°F and lows of 45°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Wed) early enough to travel to Ithaca.

Things to do in Syracuse

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Auburn, Seneca Falls, Skaneateles, Oswego, Green Lakes State Park
Find places to stay Oct 8 — 16:
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Skaneateles Lake ©
Skaneateles Lake
Destiny USA ©
Destiny USA
Rosamond Gifford Zoo ©
Rosamond Gifford Zoo

7
nights
Ithaca

Ithaca ©
Ithaca is a city in the Southern Tier-Finger Lakes region of New York. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Ithaca: Greek Peak Mountain Resort (in Virgil), Cortland Rural Cemetery (in Cortland) and Hosmer Winery (in Ovid). Next up on the itinerary: immerse yourself in nature at Robert Treman State Park, learn about winemaking at Silver Springs Winery L.L.C., explore the activities along Cayuga Lake, and take in nature's colorful creations at Cornell Botanic Gardens.

For where to stay, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Ithaca day trip planner.

You can do a combination of bus and taxi from Syracuse to Ithaca in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In October in Ithaca, expect temperatures between 61°F during the day and 43°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Wed) early enough to go by car to Hammondsport.

Things to do in Ithaca

Parks Nature Wineries

Side Trips

Burdett, Interlaken, Trumansburg, Lodi, Cortland Rural Cemetery
Find places to stay Oct 16 — 23:
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Silver Springs Winery L.L.C. ©
Silver Springs Winery L.L.C.
Robert Treman State Park ©
Robert Treman State Park
Buttermilk Falls State Park ©
Buttermilk Falls State Park

8
nights
Hammondsport

Hammondsport ©
Hammondsport is a village at the south end of Keuka Lake, one of the Finger Lakes of, New York, United States. Change things up with these side-trips from Hammondsport: Watkins Glen (Rooster Fish Brewing Tasting Room & Beer Garden, Seneca Lake Wine Trail, & more), Dundee (Glenora Wine Cellars & Hermann J. Wiemer Vineyard) and Penn Yan (Kemmeter Wines, Fox Run Vineyards, & more). And it doesn't end there: get engrossed in the history at Glenn H. Curtiss Museum, get to know the fascinating history of Gaffer District, do a tasting at Keuka Spring Vineyards, and admire the masterpieces at The Rockwell Museum.

To find traveler tips, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Hammondsport attractions planning website .

You can drive from Ithaca to Hammondsport in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In October in Hammondsport, expect temperatures between 61°F during the day and 45°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Thu) early enough to go by car back home.

Things to do in Hammondsport

Wineries Parks Nature

Side Trips

Penn Yan, Watkins Glen, Dundee, Corning, Geneva
Find places to stay Oct 23 — 31:
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Watkins Glen State Park ©
Watkins Glen State Park
Glenn H. Curtiss Museum ©
Glenn H. Curtiss Museum
Dr. Konstantin Frank Winery ©
Dr. Konstantin Frank Winery

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