9 days in Finger Lakes Itinerary

9 days in Finger Lakes Itinerary

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9 days in Finger Lakes Itinerary

Start: Charlotte
Fly:  4​h
1
Rochester
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
2
Auburn
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
3
Watkins Glen
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h
End: Charlotte

3
nights
Rochester

Rochester ©
Blending big-city culture with small-town charm, Rochester sits on the southern shore of Lake Ontario.
Get outdoors at Genesee Country Village & Museum and Ontario Beach Park. The Strong National Museum of Play and George Eastman Museum are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Explore Rochester's surroundings by going to Sonnenberg Gardens & Mansion State Historic Park (in Canandaigua), Cumming Nature Center (in Naples) and Lazy Acre Alpacas (in Bloomfield). There's still lots to do: cruise along Finger Lakes Wine Country Tourism Marketing Association, examine the collection at Edgerton Model Railroad Room, experience rural life at Whitter Fruit Farm, and learn about winemaking at Casa Larga Vineyards.

To see ratings, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Rochester trip builder .

Charlotte to Rochester is an approximately 4-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Charlotte in September; daily highs in Rochester reach 76°F and lows reach 54°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Auburn.

Things to do in Rochester

Parks Museums Wildlife

Side Trips

Sonnenberg Gardens & Mansion State Historic Park, Genesee Country Village & Museum, Lazy Acre Alpacas, Finger Lakes Wine Country Tourism Marketing Association, Cumming Nature Center
Find places to stay Sep 26 — 29:
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The Strong National Museum of Play ©
Genesee Country Village & Museum ©
Genesee Country Village & Museum
George Eastman Museum ©
George Eastman Museum

3
nights
Auburn

Auburn ©
Auburn is a city in Cayuga County, New York, United States, located at the north end of Owasco Lake, one of the Finger Lakes, in Central New York. Step out of the city life by going to Greek Peak Mountain Resort and Sterling Nature Center. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Seward House Museum and Erie Canal Museum. Change things up with these side-trips from Auburn: Jamesville Beach (in Jamesville) and Beaver Lake Nature Center (in Baldwinsville). It doesn't end there: identify plant and animal life at Montezuma Audubon Center and stroll around Women's Rights National Historical Park.

For reviews, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Auburn trip planning website .

Traveling by car from Rochester to Auburn takes 1.5 hours. In September, daytime highs in Auburn are 76°F, while nighttime lows are 53°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Watkins Glen.

Things to do in Auburn

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Women's Rights National Historical Park, Montezuma Audubon Center, Greek Peak Mountain Resort, Beaver Lake Nature Center, Erie Canal Museum
Find places to stay Sep 29 — Oct 2:
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Greek Peak Mountain Resort ©
Greek Peak Mountain Resort
Beaver Lake Nature Center ©
Beaver Lake Nature Center

2
nights
Watkins Glen

Watkins Glen ©
Watkins Glen is a village in Schuyler County, New York, United States. Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Thu): take an in-depth tour of Glenn H. Curtiss Museum, do a tasting at McGregor Vineyard, then learn about winemaking at Silver Springs Winery L.L.C., and finally immerse yourself in nature at Watkins Glen State Park. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the world behind art at The Rockwell Museum, immerse yourself in nature at Robert Treman State Park, and then admire the majestic nature at Taughannock Falls State Park.

Plan my day in Watkins Glen using traveler tips and tourist information provided by Inspirock.

Getting from Auburn to Watkins Glen by car takes about 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 64°F in October, and nighttime lows around 42°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Watkins Glen

Nature Parks Museums

Side Trips

McGregor Vineyard, Silver Springs Winery L.L.C., Taughannock Falls State Park, The Rockwell Museum, Robert Treman State Park
Find places to stay Oct 2 — 4:
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Watkins Glen State Park ©
Watkins Glen State Park
Glenn H. Curtiss Museum ©
Glenn H. Curtiss Museum
Taughannock Falls State Park ©
Taughannock Falls State Park

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