8 days in Finger Lakes Itinerary

8 days in Finger Lakes Itinerary

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8 days in Finger Lakes Itinerary

Start: Newark
Fly:  3​h
1
Rochester
— 2 nights
train:  1​h 15​min
2
Syracuse
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
3
Watkins Glen
— 3 nights
taxi + Fly:  2​h
End: Newark

2
nights
Rochester

Rochester ©
Blending big-city culture with small-town charm, Rochester sits on the southern shore of Lake Ontario.
Step out of Rochester to go to Canandaigua and see Sonnenberg Gardens & Mansion State Historic Park, which is approximately 38 minutes away. There's lots more to do: explore the engaging exhibits at The Strong National Museum of Play, try to win big at Finger Lakes Gaming & Racetrack, walk around Highland Park, and explore the different monuments and memorials at Mount Hope Cemetery.

Ask Inspirock to suggest an itinerary and make planning a trip to Rochester fast, fun, and easy.

Newark to Rochester is an approximately 3-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Traveling from Newark in August, expect Rochester to be a bit cooler, temps between 80°F and 60°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Tue) so you can catch the train to Syracuse.

Things to do in Rochester

Museums Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Sonnenberg Gardens & Mansion State Historic Park, Finger Lakes Gaming & Racetrack
Highlights from your plan
The Strong National Museum of Play ©
George Eastman Museum ©
George Eastman Museum

2
nights
Syracuse

Syracuse ©
Syracuse is a city in, and the county seat of, Onondaga County, New York, in the United States. Kick off your visit on the 21st (Wed): view the masterpieces at Gallery 54, contemplate the long history of Seward House Museum, then stop by DROOZ And Company, and finally shop like a local with Destiny USA. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Rosamond Gifford Zoo, explore the activities along Skaneateles Lake, and then sample the fine beverages at 1911 Spirits.

To see traveler tips, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Syracuse road trip planning app .

You can take a train from Rochester to Syracuse in 1.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to 81°F, and evening lows to 60°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Thu) early enough to go by car to Watkins Glen.

Things to do in Syracuse

Shopping Parks Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Skaneateles, 1911 Spirits, Seward House Museum
Highlights from your plan
Destiny USA ©
Destiny USA
Rosamond Gifford Zoo ©
Rosamond Gifford Zoo
Seward House Museum ©
Seward House Museum

3
nights
Watkins Glen

Watkins Glen ©
Watkins Glen is a village in Schuyler County, New York, United States. Venture out of the city with trips to Ithaca (Robert Treman State Park, Wine Tours & Tastings, & more), Greek Peak Mountain Resort (in Virgil) and Taughannock Falls State Park (in Trumansburg). Next up on the itinerary: admire the majestic nature at Watkins Glen State Park, learn about winemaking at Silver Springs Winery L.L.C., relax in the rural setting at Lively Run Dairy, and pause for some serene contemplation at Garrett Memorial Chapel.

To find where to stay, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Watkins Glen day trip planning website .

Traveling by car from Syracuse to Watkins Glen takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In August, daily temperatures in Watkins Glen can reach 81°F, while at night they dip to 56°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Watkins Glen

Parks Nature Winter Sports

Side Trips

Ithaca, Burdett, Greek Peak Mountain Resort, Garrett Memorial Chapel, Glenn H. Curtiss Museum
Highlights from your plan
Watkins Glen State Park ©
Watkins Glen State Park
Robert Treman State Park ©
Robert Treman State Park
Greek Peak Mountain Resort ©
Greek Peak Mountain Resort

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