7 days in Finger Lakes Itinerary

7 days in Finger Lakes Itinerary

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7 days in Finger Lakes Itinerary

Start: Washington DC
Fly:  3​h 30​min
1
Rochester
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
Auburn
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
3
Watkins Glen
— 3 nights
+2
Fly + bus + subway:  4​h 15​min
End: Washington DC

2
nights
Rochester

Rochester ©
Blending big-city culture with small-town charm, Rochester sits on the southern shore of Lake Ontario.
Museum-lovers will get to explore The Strong National Museum of Play and National Susan B. Anthony Museum & House. Step out of the city life by going to Sonnenberg Gardens & Mansion State Historic Park and Genesee Country Village & Museum. When in Rochester, make a side trip to see Smith Family Farm in Palmyra, approximately 38 minutes away. There's still lots to do: have some family-friendly fun at Finger Lakes Gaming & Racetrack, contemplate the long history of Valentown Museum, and learn about winemaking at Casa Larga Vineyards.

To find ratings, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Rochester sightseeing app .

Washington DC to Rochester is an approximately 3.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Traveling from Washington DC in June, expect Rochester to be little chillier, temps between 77°F and 57°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Tue) so you can travel to Auburn.

Things to do in Rochester

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Sonnenberg Gardens & Mansion State Historic Park, Finger Lakes Gaming & Racetrack, Smith Family Farm, Valentown Museum, Genesee Country Village & Museum
Highlights from your plan
Finger Lakes Gaming & Racetrack ©
Finger Lakes Gaming & Racetrack
The Strong National Museum of Play ©
The Strong National Museum of Play
Genesee Country Village & Museum ©
Genesee Country Village & Museum

1
night
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. Start off your visit on the 19th (Wed): contemplate the long history of Seward House Museum, contemplate the long history of Harriet Tubman Home, then get a new perspective on nature at Women's Rights National Historical Park, and finally steep yourself in history at Erie Canal Heritage Park at Port Byron.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Auburn trip maker tool .

Traveling by car from Rochester to Auburn takes 1.5 hours. June in Auburn sees daily highs of 77°F and lows of 57°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Wed) so you can travel to Watkins Glen.

Things to do in Auburn

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Women's Rights National Historical Park, Erie Canal Heritage Park at Port Byron
Highlights from your plan
Seward House Museum ©
Seward House Museum
Harriet Tubman Home ©
Harriet Tubman Home

3
nights
Watkins Glen

Watkins Glen ©
Watkins Glen is a village in Schuyler County, New York, United States. Museum-lovers will appreciate Corning Museum of Glass and Brick Tavern Museum and Wickham Rural Life Center. Take a break from the city and head to Watkins Glen State Park and Taughannock Falls State Park. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Watkins Glen: Boundary Breaks Winery (in Lodi), Hammondsport (Dr. Konstantin Frank Winery & Glenn H. Curtiss Museum) and Garrett Memorial Chapel (in Keuka Park). There's more to do: do a tasting at Silver Springs Winery L.L.C..

For photos, reviews, maps, and tourist information, go to the Watkins Glen itinerary planning website .

Drive from Auburn to Watkins Glen in 1.5 hours. In June, daytime highs in Watkins Glen are 78°F, while nighttime lows are 54°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Watkins Glen

Wineries Museums Nature

Side Trips

Hammondsport, Dundee, Taughannock Falls State Park, Garrett Memorial Chapel, Three Brothers Wineries and Estates
Highlights from your plan
Corning Museum of Glass ©
Corning Museum of Glass
Watkins Glen State Park ©
Watkins Glen State Park
Glenn H. Curtiss Museum ©
Glenn H. Curtiss Museum

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