8 days in Finger Lakes Itinerary

8 days in Finger Lakes Itinerary

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8 days in Finger Lakes Itinerary

Start: Chicago
Fly:  5​h 15​min
1
Ithaca
— 2 nights
taxi + bus:  1​h 15​min
2
Syracuse
— 3 nights
train:  1​h 15​min
3
Rochester
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
End: Chicago

2
nights
Ithaca

Ithaca ©
Ithaca is a city in the Southern Tier-Finger Lakes region of New York. On the 30th (Tue), take in the dramatic scenery at Ithaca Waterfalls. Keep things going the next day: examine the collection at Corning Museum of Glass and then admire the majestic nature at Watkins Glen State Park.

For where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Ithaca journey planner .

Chicago to Ithaca is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight, taxi, and bus; or drive. Traveling from Chicago to Ithaca, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Chicago in July, plan for little chillier nights in Ithaca, with lows around 59°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Thu) so you can go by car to Syracuse.

Things to do in Ithaca

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trips

Shequaga Falls, Corning Museum of Glass, Watkins Glen State Park
Highlights from your plan
Watkins Glen State Park ©
Watkins Glen State Park
Shequaga Falls ©
Shequaga Falls
Johnson Museum of Art ©
Johnson Museum of Art

3
nights
Syracuse

Syracuse ©
Syracuse is a city in, and the county seat of, Onondaga County, New York, in the United States. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Seward House Museum and Harriet Tubman Home. Escape the urban bustle at Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge and Green Lakes State Park. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Syracuse: DROOZ And Company (in Skaneateles), Fort Ontario State Historic Site (in Oswego) and Sterling Nature Center (in Sterling). There's still lots to do: contemplate the long history of Onondaga Lake Park, get engrossed in the history at Erie Canal Museum, pause for some photo ops at Clinton Square, and look for all kinds of wild species at Beaver Lake Nature Center.

To see reviews, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, read our Syracuse road trip tool .

Traveling by car from Ithaca to Syracuse takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or take a bus. In August, daytime highs in Syracuse are 81°F, while nighttime lows are 60°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sun) to allow enough time to take a train to Rochester.

Things to do in Syracuse

Parks Historic Sites Wildlife

Side Trips

Auburn, Beaver Lake Nature Center, Onondaga Lake Park, DROOZ And Company, Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge
Highlights from your plan
Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge ©
Beaver Lake Nature Center ©
Beaver Lake Nature Center
Seward House Museum ©
Seward House Museum

2
nights
Rochester

Rochester ©
Blending big-city culture with small-town charm, Rochester sits on the southern shore of Lake Ontario.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Mon): contemplate the long history of Smith Family Farm, steep yourself in history at Book of Mormon Publication Site, and then immerse yourself in nature at Chimney Bluffs State Park. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the world behind art at Genesee Country Village & Museum, steep yourself in history at National Susan B. Anthony Museum & House, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Sacred Heart Cathedral.

To find reviews, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Rochester trip itinerary planning tool .

Traveling by train from Syracuse to Rochester takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In August in Rochester, expect temperatures between 80°F during the day and 60°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Rochester

Parks Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Palmyra, Chimney Bluffs State Park, Genesee Country Village & Museum
Highlights from your plan
Smith Family Farm ©
Smith Family Farm
Genesee Country Village & Museum ©
Genesee Country Village & Museum
Book of Mormon Publication Site ©
Book of Mormon Publication Site

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