9 days in Finger Lakes Itinerary

9 days in Finger Lakes Itinerary

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9 days in Finger Lakes Itinerary

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

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 Greek Peak Mountain Resort (in Virgil), Ithaca (Cornell University, Buttermilk Falls State Park, & more) and Trumansburg (Taughannock Falls State Park & Overlook at Taughannock Visitor Center). There's still lots to do: immerse yourself in nature at Watkins Glen State Park, take a peaceful walk through Henry A. Smith Woods, get engrossed in the history at Glenn H. Curtiss Museum, and learn about winemaking at Silver Springs Winery L.L.C..

To find maps, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Watkins Glen trip planner .

Newark to Watkins Glen is an approximately 2-hour combination of flight and taxi. You can also drive; or take a bus. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Newark in August since evenings lows in Watkins Glen dip to 56°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Mon) so you can go by car to Syracuse.

Things to do in Watkins Glen

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Trumansburg, Ithaca, Lively Run Dairy, Silver Springs Winery L.L.C., Glenn H. Curtiss Museum
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Watkins Glen State Park ©
Watkins Glen State Park
Greek Peak Mountain Resort ©
Greek Peak Mountain Resort
Taughannock Falls State Park ©
Taughannock Falls State Park

2
nights
Syracuse

Syracuse ©
Syracuse is a city in, and the county seat of, Onondaga County, New York, in the United States. On the 13th (Tue), learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Rosamond Gifford Zoo, then hike along Baltimore Woods Nature Center, and then explore the activities along Skaneateles Lake. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the exciting artwork at Gallery 54, then steep yourself in history at Seward House Museum, then stop by DROOZ And Company, and finally get a taste of the local shopping with Destiny USA.

To see ratings, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Syracuse travel route tool .

You can drive from Watkins Glen to Syracuse in 2 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 81°F in August, and nighttime lows around 60°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Wed) so you can catch the train to Rochester.

Things to do in Syracuse

Parks Shopping Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Skaneateles, Baltimore Woods Nature Center, Seward House Museum
Highlights from your plan
Rosamond Gifford Zoo ©
Rosamond Gifford Zoo
Skaneateles Lake ©
Skaneateles Lake
Baltimore Woods Nature Center ©
Baltimore Woods Nature Center

3
nights
Rochester

Rochester ©
Blending big-city culture with small-town charm, Rochester sits on the southern shore of Lake Ontario.
Bring the kids along to The Strong National Museum of Play and Seabreeze Amusement Park. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Rochester: Smith Family Farm (in Palmyra) and Sonnenberg Gardens & Mansion State Historic Park (in Canandaigua). Next up on the itinerary: meet the residents at Seneca Park Zoo, bet on a winner at Finger Lakes Gaming & Racetrack, get engrossed in the history at George Eastman Museum, and get curious at Rochester Museum & Science Center.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Rochester tour itinerary planner.

Getting from Syracuse to Rochester by train takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In August, daytime highs in Rochester are 80°F, while nighttime lows are 60°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Rochester

Parks Museums Theme Parks

Side Trips

Smith Family Farm, Finger Lakes Gaming & Racetrack, Sonnenberg Gardens & Mansion State Historic Park
Highlights from your plan
The Strong National Museum of Play ©
Seabreeze Amusement Park ©
Seabreeze Amusement Park

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