9 days in Finger Lakes Itinerary

9 days in Finger Lakes Itinerary

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9 days in Finger Lakes Itinerary

Start: Toronto
Drive:  3​h 15​min
1
Rochester
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
2
Penn Yan
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
3
Ithaca
— 3 nights
taxi + bus:  1​h 15​min
4
Syracuse
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
End: Toronto

2
nights
Rochester

Rochester ©
Blending big-city culture with small-town charm, Rochester sits on the southern shore of Lake Ontario.
Change things up with a short trip to Sonnenberg Gardens & Mansion State Historic Park in Canandaigua (about 38 minutes away). And it doesn't end there: explore the engaging exhibits at The Strong National Museum of Play, stroll the grounds of Mount Hope Cemetery, try your luck at Finger Lakes Gaming & Racetrack, and test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms.

To find where to stay, maps, photos, and tourist information, use the Rochester trip itinerary app .

Toronto, Canada to Rochester is an approximately 3.5-hour car ride. You can also take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In May, daytime highs in Rochester are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Penn Yan.

Things to do in Rochester

Museums Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Schutt's Apple Mill, Sonnenberg Gardens & Mansion State Historic Park, Finger Lakes Gaming & Racetrack, Pittsford Community Public Library
Find places to stay May 15 — 17:
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The Strong National Museum of Play ©
George Eastman Museum ©
George Eastman Museum
Highland Park ©
Highland Park

1
night
Penn Yan

Penn Yan ©
Penn Yan is an incorporated village in Yates County, New York, United States. On the 18th (Mon), do a tasting at Hermann J. Wiemer Vineyard, learn about winemaking at Weis Vineyards, examine the collection at Glenn H. Curtiss Museum, then do a tasting at Dr. Konstantin Frank Winery, and finally learn about winemaking at McGregor Vineyard.

To see where to stay, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Penn Yan journey planner .

Drive from Rochester to Penn Yan in 1.5 hours. In May, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Mon) so you can go by car to Ithaca.

Things to do in Penn Yan

Wineries Museums

Side Trips

Hammondsport, Dundee
Find places to stay May 17 — 18:
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Hermann J. Wiemer Vineyard ©
Hermann J. Wiemer Vineyard
Glenn H. Curtiss Museum ©
Glenn H. Curtiss Museum
Dr. Konstantin Frank Winery ©
Dr. Konstantin Frank Winery

3
nights
Ithaca

Ithaca ©
Ithaca is a city in the Southern Tier-Finger Lakes region of New York. Change things up with these side-trips from Ithaca: Watkins Glen State Park (in Watkins Glen), Burdett (Two Goats Brewing & Silver Springs Winery L.L.C.) and Corning Museum of Glass (in Corning). There's much more to do: immerse yourself in nature at Robert Treman State Park, hit the slopes at Greek Peak Mountain Resort, deepen your understanding at Cornell University, and get a new perspective on nature at Museum of the Earth.

To see reviews, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Ithaca road trip planning website .

Drive from Penn Yan to Ithaca in 1.5 hours. May in Ithaca sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 9°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Thu) early enough to travel to Syracuse.

Things to do in Ithaca

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trips

Burdett, Greek Peak Mountain Resort, Corning Museum of Glass, Taughannock Falls State Park, Watkins Glen State Park
Find places to stay May 18 — 21:
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Corning Museum of Glass ©
Corning Museum of Glass
Watkins Glen State Park ©
Watkins Glen State Park
Robert Treman State Park ©
Robert Treman State Park

2
nights
Syracuse

Syracuse ©
Syracuse is a city in, and the county seat of, Onondaga County, New York, in the United States. Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Fri): stroll the grounds of Fort Hill Cemetery, then contemplate the long history of Seward House Museum, and then get a taste of the local shopping with Destiny USA. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 23rd (Sat): get engrossed in the history at Erie Canal Museum, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Rosamond Gifford Zoo, and then explore the activities along Skaneateles Lake.

Plan trip to Syracuse with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

Traveling by combination of taxi and bus from Ithaca to Syracuse takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In May, daytime highs in Syracuse are 25°C, while nighttime lows are 10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sat) to allow enough time to drive back home.

Things to do in Syracuse

Parks Shopping Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Auburn, Skaneateles Lake
Find places to stay May 21 — 23:
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Rosamond Gifford Zoo ©
Rosamond Gifford Zoo
Destiny USA ©
Destiny USA
Seward House Museum ©
Seward House Museum

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