8 days in Finger Lakes Itinerary

8 days in Finger Lakes Itinerary

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8 days in Finger Lakes Itinerary

Start: Bozeman
Fly:  8​h
1
Syracuse
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
2
Watkins Glen
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
3
Rochester
— 3 nights
Fly:  8​h
End: Bozeman

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 18th (Wed): take in the exciting artwork at Gallery 54, look for gifts at DROOZ And Company, steep yourself in history at Seward House Museum, then steep yourself in history at Onondaga Lake Park, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Jamesville Beach. On your second day here, head outdoors with Skeanateales NY, identify plant and animal life at Montezuma Audubon Center, and then make a trip to Erie Canal Heritage Park at Port Byron.

To see more things to do, photos, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Syracuse trip itinerary planning site .

Bozeman to Syracuse is an approximately 8-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or drive. The time zone changes from Mountain Standard Time (MST) to Eastern Standard Time (EST), which is usually a 2 hour difference. Traveling from Bozeman in September, expect a bit warmer with lows of 53°F in Syracuse. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Thu) so you can go by car to Watkins Glen.

Things to do in Syracuse

Outdoors Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Skaneateles, Skeanateales NY, Erie Canal Heritage Park at Port Byron, Jamesville Beach, Onondaga Lake Park
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Montezuma Audubon Center ©
Montezuma Audubon Center
Seward House Museum ©
Seward House Museum
Onondaga Lake Park ©
Onondaga Lake Park

2
nights
Watkins Glen

Watkins Glen ©
Watkins Glen is a village in Schuyler County, New York, United States. Kick off your visit on the 20th (Fri): immerse yourself in nature at Watkins Glen State Park, hike along Caygua Waterfront Trail, then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Stewart Park, and finally delve into the lush surroundings at Henry A. Smith Woods. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: see the interesting displays at Glenn H. Curtiss Museum, then learn about winemaking at Hunt Country Vineyards, then trek along Parish Glen / Conklin Gully, and finally learn about winemaking at Silver Springs Winery L.L.C..

To find reviews, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Watkins Glen holiday builder .

You can drive from Syracuse to Watkins Glen in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In September, plan for daily highs up to 76°F, and evening lows to 50°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sat) to allow time to drive to Rochester.

Things to do in Watkins Glen

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Ithaca, Silver Springs Winery L.L.C., Hunt Country Vineyards, Parish Glen / Conklin Gully, Henry A. Smith Woods
Highlights from your plan
Watkins Glen State Park ©
Watkins Glen State Park
Stewart Park ©
Stewart Park
Silver Springs Winery L.L.C. ©
Silver Springs Winery L.L.C.

3
nights
Rochester

Rochester ©
Blending big-city culture with small-town charm, Rochester sits on the southern shore of Lake Ontario.
Popular historic sites such as Book of Mormon Publication Site and Ganondagan State Historic Site are in your itinerary. Visiting Overland Morgan Horse Farm and Shadow Hills Maple Syrup Farm will get you outdoors. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Rochester: Smith Family Farm (in Palmyra) and Beechwood State Park (in Sodus). There's still lots to do: buy something for everyone on your list at Eastview Mall, contemplate the long history of Valentown Museum, pick up some local products at Powers Farm Market, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Stanislaus Kostka Church.

For maps, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Rochester trip tool .

Traveling by car from Watkins Glen to Rochester takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In September in Rochester, expect temperatures between 76°F during the day and 54°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Rochester

Historic Sites Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Victor, Palmyra, Shadow Hills Maple Syrup Farm, Powers Farm Market, Beechwood State Park
Highlights from your plan
Book of Mormon Publication Site ©
Book of Mormon Publication Site
Overland Morgan Horse Farm ©
Overland Morgan Horse Farm
Smith Family Farm ©
Smith Family Farm

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