12 days in Finger Lakes Itinerary

12 days in Finger Lakes Itinerary

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12 days in Finger Lakes Itinerary

Start: San Francisco
Fly:  8​h 45​min
1
Ithaca
— 3 nights
taxi + bus:  1​h 15​min
2
Syracuse
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
3
Penn Yan
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
4
Rochester
— 3 nights
Fly:  9​h
End: San Francisco

3
nights
Ithaca

Ithaca ©
Ithaca is a city in the Southern Tier-Finger Lakes region of New York. Kids will enjoy Sciencenter and Greek Peak Mountain Resort. Discover out-of-the-way places like Cayuga Lake and Ithaca Waterfalls. Change things up with a short trip to Shequaga Falls in Montour Falls (about 36 minutes away). The adventure continues: trek along Cascadilla Gorge Trail, admire the masterpieces at Johnson Museum of Art, and admire the majestic nature at Taughannock Falls State Park.

To find more things to do, ratings, maps, and tourist information, go to the Ithaca trip planning site .

San Francisco to Ithaca is an approximately 9-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight, taxi, and bus; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Pacific Standard Time to Eastern Standard Time is 3 hours. In June, daily temperatures in Ithaca can reach 75°F, while at night they dip to 54°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Syracuse.

Things to do in Ithaca

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Taughannock Falls State Park, Shequaga Falls, Greek Peak Mountain Resort
Highlights from your plan
Shequaga Falls ©
Shequaga Falls
Cayuga Lake ©
Cayuga Lake
Greek Peak Mountain Resort ©
Greek Peak Mountain Resort

3
nights
Syracuse

Syracuse ©
Syracuse is a city in, and the county seat of, Onondaga County, New York, in the United States. Discover out-of-the-way places like Seward House Museum and Onondaga Lake Park. Step out of the city life by going to Green Lakes State Park and Jamesville Beach. Change things up with these side-trips from Syracuse: Fort Ontario State Historic Site (in Oswego), Auburn (Fort Hill Cemetery & Harriet Tubman Home) and Erie Canal Heritage Park at Port Byron (in Port Byron). And it doesn't end there: identify plant and animal life at Beaver Lake Nature Center, browse the eclectic array of goods at City Market, and admire the sheer force of Salmon River Falls.

To find reviews, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Syracuse online trip planner .

Getting from Ithaca to Syracuse by combination of taxi and bus takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. June in Syracuse sees daily highs of 77°F and lows of 57°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Penn Yan.

Things to do in Syracuse

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trips

Auburn, Salmon River Falls, Jamesville Beach, Fort Ontario State Historic Site, Green Lakes State Park
Highlights from your plan
Seward House Museum ©
Seward House Museum
Beaver Lake Nature Center ©
Beaver Lake Nature Center
Green Lakes State Park ©
Green Lakes State Park

2
nights
Penn Yan

Penn Yan ©
Penn Yan is an incorporated village in Yates County, New York, United States. On the 22nd (Mon), immerse yourself in nature at Stony Brook State Park, then admire the sheer force of Grimes Glen, and then admire the majestic nature at Sampson State Park. On the 23rd (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: immerse yourself in nature at Watkins Glen State Park, then see the interesting displays at It's A Wonderful Life Museum, and then identify plant and animal life at Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge.

For traveler tips, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Penn Yan itinerary builder site .

You can drive from Syracuse to Penn Yan in 1.5 hours. June in Penn Yan sees daily highs of 77°F and lows of 58°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Tue) so you can go by car to Rochester.

Things to do in Penn Yan

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Seneca Falls, Stony Brook State Park, Sampson State Park, Watkins Glen State Park, Grimes Glen
Highlights from your plan
Stony Brook State Park ©
Stony Brook State Park
Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge ©
Watkins Glen State Park ©
Watkins Glen State Park

3
nights
Rochester

Rochester ©
Blending big-city culture with small-town charm, Rochester sits on the southern shore of Lake Ontario.
Take a break from the city and head to Chimney Bluffs State Park and Erie Canal. Family-friendly places like The Strong National Museum of Play and Rochester Museum & Science Center will thrill your kids. Explore Rochester's surroundings by going to Palmyra (Book of Mormon Publication Site & Smith Family Farm) and Lazy Acre Alpacas (in Bloomfield). And it doesn't end there: steep yourself in history at National Susan B. Anthony Museum & House, pause for some serene contemplation at St. Stanislaus Kostka Church, and admire the masterpieces at Artisanworks.

To find photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Rochester trip planning website .

Traveling by car from Penn Yan to Rochester takes 1.5 hours. In June, daytime highs in Rochester are 77°F, while nighttime lows are 57°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Rochester

Museums Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Palmyra, Chimney Bluffs State Park, Lazy Acre Alpacas, Erie Canal
Highlights from your plan
The Strong National Museum of Play ©
The Strong National Museum of Play
Chimney Bluffs State Park
Chimney Bluffs State Park
Lazy Acre Alpacas ©
Lazy Acre Alpacas

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