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:  2​h
2
Syracuse
— 2 nights
train:  1​h 30​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. Get outdoors at Watkins Glen State Park and Greek Peak Mountain Resort. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Bully Hill Vineyards Winery and Silver Springs Winery L.L.C.. Explore Watkins Glen's surroundings by going to Heron Hill Winery (in Hammondsport), Keuka Spring Vineyards (in Penn Yan) and Ithaca Waterfalls (in Ithaca). There's more to do: do a tasting at Lamoreaux Landing Wine Cellars and sample the tasty concoctions at Two Goats Brewing.

For photos, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Watkins Glen road trip app .

Newark to Watkins Glen is an approximately 2-hour combination of flight and taxi. You can also drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Newark in July, Watkins Glen is little chillier at night with lows of 59°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Mon) so you can drive to Syracuse.

Things to do in Watkins Glen

Wineries Parks Nature

Side Trips

Hammondsport, Burdett, Dundee, Penn Yan, Hazlitt 1852 Vineyards
Highlights from your plan
Heron Hill Winery ©
Heron Hill Winery
Hermann J. Wiemer Vineyard ©
Hermann J. Wiemer Vineyard
Lamoreaux Landing Wine Cellars ©
Lamoreaux Landing Wine Cellars

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 30th (Tue): view the masterpieces at Gallery 54, steep yourself in history at Seward House Museum, then identify plant and animal life at Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge, and finally contemplate the long history of Onondaga Lake Park. On your second day here, contemplate the long history of Harriet Tubman Home, then brush up on your military savvy at Fort Ontario State Historic Site, and then gain insight at Beaver Lake Nature Center.

For reviews, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Syracuse day trip planning site .

Getting from Watkins Glen to Syracuse by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus. July in Syracuse sees daily highs of 82°F and lows of 62°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Wed) early enough to take a train to Rochester.

Things to do in Syracuse

Historic Sites Wildlife Parks

Side Trips

Auburn, Gallery 54, Fort Ontario State Historic Site, Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge, Onondaga Lake Park
Highlights from your plan
Seward House Museum ©
Seward House Museum
Onondaga Lake Park ©
Onondaga Lake Park
Beaver Lake Nature Center ©
Beaver Lake Nature Center

3
nights
Rochester

Rochester ©
Blending big-city culture with small-town charm, Rochester sits on the southern shore of Lake Ontario.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like The Strong National Museum of Play and Artisanworks. You'll explore and learn at Rochester Museum & Science Center and Ganondagan State Historic Site. Get out of town with these interesting Rochester side-trips: Chimney Bluffs State Park (in Wolcott) and Palmyra (Smith Family Farm & Book of Mormon Publication Site). There's lots more to do: take an in-depth tour of National Susan B. Anthony Museum & House, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Stanislaus Kostka Church, indulge your thirst for a good beer at Lock 32 Brewing Company, and explore the world behind art at Memorial Art Gallery.

To see photos, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Rochester online travel planner .

You can take a train from Syracuse to Rochester in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In July, daytime highs in Rochester are 81°F, while nighttime lows are 62°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Rochester

Museums Historic Sites Childrens Museums

Side Trips

Palmyra, Chimney Bluffs State Park, Ganondagan State Historic Site, Lock 32 Brewing Company
Highlights from your plan
The Strong National Museum of Play ©
Book of Mormon Publication Site ©
Book of Mormon Publication Site
Smith Family Farm ©
Smith Family Farm

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