8 days in Finger Lakes & Lake George Itinerary

8 days in Finger Lakes & Lake George Itinerary

Created using Inspirock New York State sightseeing planner

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Ithaca
— 1 night
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Hammondsport
— 2 nights
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Rochester
— 1 night
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Lake George
— 3 nights
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Ithaca

— 1 night
Ithaca is a city in the Southern Tier-Finger Lakes region of New York. Kick off your visit on the 27th (Sat): take in nature's colorful creations at Cornell Botanic Gardens and then stroll through Greek Peak Mountain Resort. Keep things going the next day: admire the majestic nature at Buttermilk Falls State Park, admire the majestic nature at Robert Treman State Park, then learn more about the world around you at Museum of the Earth, and finally immerse yourself in nature at Taughannock Falls State Park.

To see ratings, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, use the Ithaca trip itinerary builder.

Philadelphia to Ithaca is an approximately 4-hour car ride. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or take a bus. Traveling from Philadelphia in June, things will get slightly colder in Ithaca: highs are around 75°F and lows about 54°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sun) early enough to drive to Hammondsport.

Things to do in Ithaca

Parks · Nature · Winter Sports · Outdoors

Side Trips

Hammondsport

— 2 nights
Hammondsport is a village at the south end of Keuka Lake, one of the Finger Lakes of, New York, United States. Kick off your visit on the 29th (Mon): admire the majestic nature at Watkins Glen State Park, then see the interesting displays at Corning Museum of Glass, and then learn and have fun at West End Gallery. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 30th (Tue): get engrossed in the history at Glenn H. Curtiss Museum, cruise along Seneca Lake Wine Trail, and then learn about winemaking at McGregor Vineyard.

For more things to do, photos, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Hammondsport trip maker tool.

You can drive from Ithaca to Hammondsport in 1.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of bus and taxi. June in Hammondsport sees daily highs of 77°F and lows of 58°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Rochester.

Things to do in Hammondsport

Museums · Scenic Drive · Outdoors · Parks

Side Trips

Rochester

— 1 night

Flower City

Blending big-city culture with small-town charm, Rochester sits on the southern shore of Lake Ontario.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Wed): have fun and explore at The Strong National Museum of Play, see the interesting displays at George Eastman Museum, and then try your luck at Finger Lakes Gaming & Racetrack.

To find photos, ratings, and more tourist information, read Rochester trip site.

Drive from Hammondsport to Rochester in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. In June, daytime highs in Rochester are 77°F, while nighttime lows are 57°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Wed) early enough to drive to Lake George.

Things to do in Rochester

Museums · Childrens Museums · Casinos · Fun & Games

Side Trip

Lake George

— 3 nights

Queen of the American Lakes

A playground for America’s wealthy families, Lake George was nicknamed "Queen of the American Lakes." While these families often stayed in private country houses, a tourism industry built up around them in the early 20th century facilitated by two YMCAs.
Get out of town with these interesting Lake George side-trips: Saratoga Spa State Park (in Saratoga Springs), Hildene, The Lincoln Family Home (in Manchester) and Square Eddy Expeditions (in North Creek). There's much more to do: explore the activities along Lake George, look for gifts at Lake George Olive Oil Co., catch the contagious excitement of Saratoga Race Course, and take an in-depth tour of Fort William Henry Museum.

For more things to do, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Lake George trip planner.

Drive from Rochester to Lake George in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect a daytime high around 82°F in July, and nighttime lows around 60°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) early enough to fly back home.

Things to do in Lake George

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Museums

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.