12 days in Finger Lakes Itinerary

12 days in Finger Lakes Itinerary

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12 days in Finger Lakes Itinerary

Seattle
Fly:  8​h 45​min
Ithaca
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
Syracuse
— 2 nights
train:  1​h 15​min
Rochester
— 5 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
Hammondsport
— 1 night
taxi + Fly:  8​h 45​min
Seattle

3
days
Ithaca

The city of Ithaca is in central New York and is the county seat of Tompkins County, as well as the largest community in the Ithaca-Tompkins County metropolitan area. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Ithaca: Greek Peak Mountain Resort (in Virgil) and Watkins Glen State Park (in Watkins Glen). There's more to do: admire the majestic nature at Robert Treman State Park and admire all the interesting features of Cornell University.

To find ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Ithaca travel itinerary creator.

Seattle to Ithaca is an approximately 9-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Seattle to Ithaca, you'll lose 3 hours due to the time zone difference. In June, daytime highs in Ithaca are 75°F, while nighttime lows are 54°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Syracuse.

Things to do in Ithaca

Parks Nature Winter Sports

Side Trips

Greek Peak Mountain Resort, Taughannock Falls State Park, Watkins Glen State Park
Highlights from your plan
Greek Peak Mountain Resort
Cornell University

2
days
Syracuse

Syracuse is a city in, and the county seat of, Onondaga County, New York, United States. Start off your visit on the 5th (Tue): meet the residents at Rosamond Gifford Zoo, steep yourself in history at Seward House Museum, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Williard Memorial Chapel. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: relax in the rural setting at Lockwood Lavender Farm, then contemplate the waterfront views at Skaneateles Lake, and then get a taste of the local shopping with Destiny USA.

To find where to stay, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Syracuse itinerary maker.

You can drive from Ithaca to Syracuse in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In June in Syracuse, expect temperatures between 78°F during the day and 58°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Wed) to allow time to take a train to Rochester.

Things to do in Syracuse

Parks Sightseeing Outdoors

Side Trips

Auburn, Skaneateles
Highlights from your plan
Rosamond Gifford Zoo
Seward House Museum
Destiny USA

4
days
Rochester

Blending big-city culture with small-town charm, Rochester sits on the southern shore of Lake Ontario.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Rochester: Book of Mormon Publication Site (in Palmyra) and Sonnenberg Gardens & Mansion State Historic Park (in Canandaigua). Plan for a day of cool, family-friendly fun on the 8th (Fri) at Seabreeze Amusement Park. There's lots more to do: have fun and explore at The Strong Museum, contemplate the long history of Stone-Tolan House, hunt for treasures at City of Rochester Public Market, and examine the collection at George Eastman Museum.

To see traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Rochester holiday planner.

Getting from Syracuse to Rochester by train takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In June, daily temperatures in Rochester can reach 77°F, while at night they dip to 57°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Mon) so you can go by car to Hammondsport.

Things to do in Rochester

Parks Theme Parks Sightseeing

Side Trips

Finger Lakes Gaming & Racetrack, Book of Mormon Publication Site, Sonnenberg Gardens & Mansion State Historic Park
Highlights from your plan
Seabreeze Amusement Park
The Strong Museum
Finger Lakes Gaming & Racetrack

2
days
Hammondsport

Hammondsport is a village in Steuben County, New York, United States. On the 11th (Mon), look for gifts at Connors Mercantile and then examine the collection at Corning Museum of Glass. On your second day here, learn about winemaking at McGregor Vineyard, then do a tasting at Hermann J. Wiemer Vineyard, then take an in-depth tour of Glenn H Curtiss Museum, and finally learn about winemaking at Bully Hill Vineyards Winery.

To see ratings, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, read Hammondsport custom trip planner.

Drive from Rochester to Hammondsport in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. In June, plan for daily highs up to 77°F, and evening lows to 58°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Hammondsport

Museums Wineries Shopping

Side Trips

Dundee, Corning
Highlights from your plan
Corning Museum of Glass
Glenn H Curtiss Museum
Hermann J. Wiemer Vineyard

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