8 days in Finger Lakes Itinerary

8 days in Finger Lakes Itinerary

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8 days in Finger Lakes Itinerary

Start: Washington DC
Fly:  3​h 30​min
1
Rochester
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h
2
Geneva
— 1 night
Drive:  45​min
3
Watkins Glen
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
4
Cortland
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Mount Hope Cemetery and Book of Mormon Publication Site. You'll explore and learn at The Strong National Museum of Play and Valentown Museum. Venture out of the city with trips to Letchworth State Park (in Castile) and Smith Family Farm (in Palmyra). And it doesn't end there: take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Stanislaus Kostka Church, have some family-friendly fun at Altitude Trampoline Park, and get engrossed in the history at Ganondagan State Historic Site.

For where to stay, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Rochester travel itinerary planner.

Washington DC to Rochester is an approximately 3.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Washington DC in August; daily highs in Rochester reach 80°F and lows reach 60°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Geneva.

Things to do in Rochester

Historic Sites Museums Nature

Side Trips

Victor, Palmyra, Letchworth State Park
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Smith Family Farm ©
Smith Family Farm
Letchworth State Park ©
Letchworth State Park
The Strong National Museum of Play ©

1
night
Geneva

Geneva ©
Geneva is a city in Ontario and Seneca counties in the U.S. On the 27th (Tue), learn more about the world around you at Women's Rights National Historical Park, then don't miss a visit to South Main Street, and then immerse yourself in nature at Sonnenberg Gardens & Mansion State Historic Park.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Geneva using our trip planner.

You can drive from Rochester to Geneva in an hour. In August, daytime highs in Geneva are 79°F, while nighttime lows are 60°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Watkins Glen.

Things to do in Geneva

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Sonnenberg Gardens & Mansion State Historic Park, Women's Rights National Historical Park
Highlights from your plan

2
nights
Watkins Glen

Watkins Glen ©
Watkins Glen is a village in Schuyler County, New York, United States. On the 28th (Wed), get engrossed in the history at Glenn H. Curtiss Museum, then admire the masterpieces at The Rockwell Museum, then pick up a one of a kind souvenir at Antique Revival, and finally admire the majestic nature at Watkins Glen State Park. Here are some ideas for day two: sample the tasty concoctions at Horseheads Brewing, stroll the grounds of Mark Twain's Grave, then admire the majestic nature at Robert Treman State Park, and finally admire the majestic nature at Taughannock Falls State Park.

For more things to do, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Watkins Glen trip site .

Drive from Geneva to Watkins Glen in an hour. In August in Watkins Glen, expect temperatures between 81°F during the day and 56°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Cortland.

Things to do in Watkins Glen

Nature Parks Museums

Side Trips

Horseheads Brewing, Mark Twain's Grave, Glenn H. Curtiss Museum, Antique Revival, Robert Treman State Park
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Watkins Glen State Park ©
Watkins Glen State Park
Taughannock Falls State Park ©
Taughannock Falls State Park
Robert Treman State Park ©
Robert Treman State Park

2
nights
Cortland

Cortland ©
Cortland is a city in Cortland County, New York, United States of America. On the 30th (Fri), steep yourself in history at Harriet Tubman Home, explore the different monuments and memorials at Cortland Rural Cemetery, and then hit the slopes at Greek Peak Mountain Resort. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the different monuments and memorials at Fort Hill Cemetery, then contemplate the long history of Seward House Museum, and then see the interesting displays at Northeast Classic Car Museum.

For other places to visit, maps, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Cortland online trip itinerary maker .

Traveling by car from Watkins Glen to Cortland takes 1.5 hours. In August, daily temperatures in Cortland can reach 77°F, while at night they dip to 55°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Cortland

Outdoors Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Auburn, Greek Peak Mountain Resort, Northeast Classic Car Museum
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Northeast Classic Car Museum ©
Northeast Classic Car Museum
Greek Peak Mountain Resort ©
Greek Peak Mountain Resort
Seward House Museum ©
Seward House Museum

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