15 days in Finger Lakes Itinerary

15 days in Finger Lakes Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Finger Lakes vacation planner
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Make it your trip
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Rochester
— 3 nights
Drive
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Penn Yan
— 3 nights
Drive
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Ithaca
— 4 nights
Drive
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Syracuse
— 4 nights
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Rochester — 3 nights

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: The Wadsworth Homestead (in Geneseo) and Lazy Acre Alpacas (in Bloomfield). There's lots more to do: sample some tasty brews at Crush Beer & Wine Tours, take an in-depth tour of George Eastman Museum, ski along the peaceful trails at Powder Mills Park, and try to win big at Finger Lakes Gaming & Racetrack.

To find photos, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Rochester trip itinerary builder tool.

New York City to Rochester is an approximately 3-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Traveling from New York City in January, things will get a bit cooler in Rochester: highs are around 33°F and lows about 18°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Wed) so you can drive to Penn Yan.
Museums · Tours · Wineries · Breweries & Distilleries
Side Trips

Penn Yan — 3 nights

Penn Yan is an incorporated village in Yates County, New York, United States. Change things up with these side-trips from Penn Yan: Cayuga-Seneca Canal (in Seneca Falls), Three Brothers Wineries and Estates (in Geneva) and Naples (Hunt Hollow & Inspire Moore Winery & Vineyard). The adventure continues: fly down the slopes at Bristol Mountain Ski Resort, don't miss a visit to The Arts Center of Yates County, pause for some serene contemplation at Garrett Memorial Chapel, and do a tasting at Fox Run Vineyards.

For more things to do, reviews, maps, and tourist information, go to the Penn Yan trip maker tool.

Getting from Rochester to Penn Yan by car takes about 1.5 hours. In January, daily temperatures in Penn Yan can reach 32°F, while at night they dip to 18°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Ithaca.
Winter Sports · Parks · Outdoors · Wineries
Side Trips

Ithaca — 4 nights

Ithaca is a city in the Southern Tier-Finger Lakes region of New York. Explore Ithaca's surroundings by going to Silver Springs Winery L.L.C. (in Burdett), Corning Museum of Glass (in Corning) and The Christmas House (in Elmira). The adventure continues: stroll through Greek Peak Mountain Resort, awaken your taste buds at some of the top wineries in the area, brush up on your military savvy at CNY Living History Center, and admire the majestic nature at Taughannock Falls State Park.

To see where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Ithaca holiday planning website.

Traveling by car from Penn Yan to Ithaca takes 1.5 hours. January in Ithaca sees daily highs of 31°F and lows of 15°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Syracuse.
Parks · Wineries · Nature · Museums
Side Trips

Syracuse — 4 nights

Syracuse is a city in, and the county seat of, Onondaga County, New York, in the United States. Explore Syracuse's surroundings by going to Skaneateles (Skaneateles Lake & White Birch Vineyards Tasting Room) and Seward House Museum (in Auburn). There's still lots to do: shop like a local with Destiny USA, get to know the resident critters at Rosamond Gifford Zoo, get engrossed in the history at Erie Canal Museum, and admire the landmark architecture of Niagara Mohawk Building.

Inspirock's itinerary builder makes planning a Syracuse trip simple and quick.

You can drive from Ithaca to Syracuse in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In January, daytime highs in Syracuse are 32°F, while nighttime lows are 15°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sun) to allow time to fly back home.
Parks · Nature · Zoos & Aquariums · Trails
Side Trips

Finger Lakes travel guide

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Wineries & Vineyards · State Parks · Specialty Museums
New York's Wine Country
Defined by wine and water, the Finger Lakes region includes 11 elongated bodies of water spread over 130 km (80 mi) of rolling countryside in the northern section of the state of New York. In addition to the picturesque waterways, the Finger Lakes' main vacation attraction is its more than 100 wineries: the area is a top wine region, often referred to as the East Coast's answer to California's Napa Valley. Tour the wineries and recreational areas dotting the slopes above the lakes, but don't forget to include a trip or two to the region's vibrant towns, known for their lively culinary and nightlife scenes.