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Finger Lakes Road Trip from NYC

finger lakes road trip from nyc
Falls on Taughannock Creek, Finger Lakes NY

Whether you are looking to escape the heat of a New York City summer or want to make a fall trip to see the changing colors of autumn a road trip from New York City to Finger Lakes makes from a great respite from the city.

Road Trip Summary

While it takes about 4 ½ hours to drive from NYC to the Finger Lakes area near Corning, NY you should be aware that you will be driving many more miles if you want to explore the entire region since this region cover over 9000 square miles. The 11 lakes for which this area is named include:

  • Otisco
  • Skaneateles
  • Owasco
  • Cayuga
  • Seneca
  • Keuka
  • Canadaigua
  • Honeoye
  • Candice
  • Hemlock
  • Conesus


Once in the Finger Lakes area there are many different things to see and do and here are just a few of these activities people enjoy engaging in:

Visiting as many of the waterfalls as time allows.

Take a wine tasting tour- You’ll be surprised how many wineries there are where you can enjoy tasting different wines.

Go on a cheese tasting tour- You’ll have to call in advance because these cheeses are made in various farm houses throughout the region.

Swim under the waterfall at Robert Treman State Park and drive your vehicle across the river.

Fishing- The area has several places where you can fish from shore as well as from boats.

Visit any of the various museums including the Corning glass museum, Rockwell Museum and more.

Go hiking and biking- There are a number of hiking and biking trails or simply stroll around the village of Corning.

Visit Heritage Village and learn a little about yesteryear. See a blacksmith shop, one room school house and more.

Take part in making glass at the Hands On Glass Studio

Try some Goat Yoga and cuddle with a baby goat afterwards.

This road trip easily can be customized for a week-end jaunt or a week or two vacation.

Be sure to check the weather before heading out and pack for both rain and shine as well as cooler days and nights.

 Check the weather before heading out to do any sightseeing.