8 days in Finger Lakes Itinerary

8 days in Finger Lakes Itinerary

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8 days in Finger Lakes Itinerary

Start: Pittsburgh
Drive:  5​h
1
Rochester
— 2 nights
train:  1​h 15​min
2
Syracuse
— 2 nights
bus + taxi:  1​h 15​min
3
Ithaca
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
End: Pittsburgh

2
nights
Rochester

Rochester ©
Blending big-city culture with small-town charm, Rochester sits on the southern shore of Lake Ontario.
Genesee Country Village & Museum and Sonnenberg Gardens & Mansion State Historic Park are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Take a break from the city and head to Huckleberry Swamp and Lazy Acre Alpacas. There's lots more to do: have fun and explore at The Strong National Museum of Play, identify plant and animal life at Corbett's Glen Nature Park, and get engrossed in the history at Webster Museum.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Rochester trip builder tool .

Pittsburgh to Rochester is an approximately 5-hour car ride. You can also fly; or take a train. In July, daily temperatures in Rochester can reach 81°F, while at night they dip to 62°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Mon) to allow enough time to take a train to Syracuse.

Things to do in Rochester

Parks Wildlife Museums

Side Trips

Lazy Acre Alpacas, Webster Museum, Sonnenberg Gardens & Mansion State Historic Park, Corbett's Glen Nature Park, Huckleberry Swamp
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2
nights
Syracuse

Syracuse ©
Syracuse is a city in, and the county seat of, Onondaga County, New York, in the United States. Start off your visit on the 9th (Tue): pause for some serene contemplation at Willard Chapel, then look for all kinds of wild species at Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge, and then identify plant and animal life at Montezuma Audubon Center. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate the long history of Seward House Museum, look for all kinds of wild species at Sterling Nature Center, and then gain insight at Beaver Lake Nature Center.

For reviews, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, read our Syracuse travel itinerary planner .

Traveling by train from Rochester to Syracuse takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. July in Syracuse sees daily highs of 82°F and lows of 62°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Wed) early enough to travel to Ithaca.

Things to do in Syracuse

Wildlife Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Auburn, Beaver Lake Nature Center, Sterling Nature Center, Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge, Montezuma Audubon Center
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Montezuma Audubon Center ©
Montezuma Audubon Center
Beaver Lake Nature Center ©
Beaver Lake Nature Center
Seward House Museum ©
Seward House Museum

3
nights
Ithaca

Ithaca ©
Ithaca is a city in the Southern Tier-Finger Lakes region of New York. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Glenn H. Curtiss Museum and Silver Springs Winery L.L.C.. Get outdoors at Robert Treman State Park and Greek Peak Mountain Resort. Change things up with these side-trips from Ithaca: Hermann J. Wiemer Vineyard (in Dundee), Watkins Glen State Park (in Watkins Glen) and Dr. Konstantin Frank Winery (in Hammondsport). It doesn't end there: immerse yourself in nature at Taughannock Falls State Park.

For reviews, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Ithaca trip planner .

Traveling by combination of bus and taxi from Syracuse to Ithaca takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In July, daytime highs in Ithaca are 80°F, while nighttime lows are 59°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Ithaca

Parks Nature Wineries

Side Trips

Hammondsport, Taughannock Falls State Park, Watkins Glen State Park, Silver Springs Winery L.L.C., Hermann J. Wiemer Vineyard
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Watkins Glen State Park ©
Watkins Glen State Park
Greek Peak Mountain Resort ©
Greek Peak Mountain Resort
Glenn H. Curtiss Museum ©
Glenn H. Curtiss Museum

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