7 days in Finger Lakes Itinerary

7 days in Finger Lakes Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Finger Lakes journey planner

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Rochester
— 1 night
Drive
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Penn Yan
— 2 nights
Drive
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Ithaca
— 3 nights
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Rochester

— 1 night

Flower City

Blending big-city culture with small-town charm, Rochester sits on the southern shore of Lake Ontario.
On the 23rd (Mon), make a splash at Seabreeze Amusement Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the engaging exhibits at The Strong National Museum of Play, then get engrossed in the history at George Eastman Museum, and then bet on a winner at Finger Lakes Gaming & Racetrack.

To find photos, reviews, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Rochester trip maker.

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 August, Rochester is little chillier at night with lows of 60°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) early enough to drive to Penn Yan.

Things to do in Rochester

Theme Parks · Parks · Museums · Childrens Museums

Side Trip

Penn Yan

— 2 nights
Penn Yan is an incorporated village in Yates County, New York, United States. On the 25th (Wed), bet on your favorite at Watkins Glen International, then admire the majestic nature at Watkins Glen State Park, and then get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports. Here are some ideas for day two: get engrossed in the history at Glenn H. Curtiss Museum, then learn about winemaking at McGregor Vineyard, then immerse yourself in nature at Sonnenberg Gardens & Mansion State Historic Park, and finally shop like a local with Joseph's Wayside Market.

To find maps, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Penn Yan trip planning site.

You can drive from Rochester to Penn Yan in 1.5 hours. August in Penn Yan sees daily highs of 79°F and lows of 60°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Ithaca.

Things to do in Penn Yan

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Tours

Side Trips

Ithaca

— 3 nights
Ithaca is a city in the Southern Tier-Finger Lakes region of New York. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Ithaca: Skaneateles Lake (in Skaneateles), Greek Peak Mountain Resort (in Virgil) and Corning (Little Joe Tower, Corning Museum of Glass, &more). There's lots more to do: admire the majestic nature at Robert Treman State Park, deepen your understanding at Cornell University, and get curious at Museum of the Earth.

To see ratings, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Ithaca trip planner.

Traveling by car from Penn Yan to Ithaca takes 1.5 hours. In August, daytime highs in Ithaca are 78°F, while nighttime lows are 56°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive back home.

Things to do in Ithaca

Parks · Nature · Museums · Outdoors

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.