How To Make the Most of Your First Time Visiting the Finger Lakes

Are you planning your first trip to the Finger Lakes? First, we’d like to say, “Thank you!” for choosing the Finger Lakes region as your next vacation destination. We like to think of upstate New York as the state’s hidden gem. It’s a peaceful oasis tucked away from the hustle and bustle of New York City. Our area boasts 4,692 square-miles of freshwater fun, wine tastings, recreation areas, and much more. Read on to discover some can’t-miss itinerary items for your first time visiting the Finger Lakes!  

When you’re ready to start planning your trip, download our free Finger Lakes Vacation Guide. This helpful resource has local insight on the best places to play, stay, and more in the Finger Lakes region!  

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The Perfect Itinerary for Your First Time Visiting the Finger Lakes 

Visit Finger Lakes Wine Trails 

Did you know that New York is the No. 4 in the United States for wine grapes? New York State is home to more than 400 wineries. We like to believe that some of the best wineries and tasting rooms are right here in the Finger Lakes! That’s why we recommend Finger Lakes wine trails to all our guests. A few of our favorites include the Keuka Lake Wine Trail, the Seneca Lake Wine Trail, and the Cayuga Lake Wine Trail. These wine tours are a great way to visit all the best Finger Lakes wineries in one fell swoop.  

Discover the Finger Lakes National Forest 

Enjoy enchanting views of our area’s native flora and fauna at the Finger Lakes National Forest! This recreation area boasts more than 30 miles of interconnecting trails between Seneca and Cayuga Lake. There are also many other great opportunities for outdoor adventure at the Finger Lakes National Forest. Enjoy camping, fishing, wildlife viewing, and even blueberry picking!  

Explore Watkins Glen State Park  

Watkins Glen State Park is another must-visit recreation area near the Finger Lakes. This New York state park is famous for the Gorge Trail, a beautiful two-mile route that dips and weaves around 19 waterfalls as well as other gorges. Don’t forget to pack a camera. You won’t want to forget these views!  

Visit Museums in the Area 

The Finger Lakes has something for everyone’s interests. We believe that our area’s diverse activities are what make it a great vacation destination for anyone! History buffs will love visiting the best Finger Lakes museums. The museums here mostly highlight our area’s geography and maritime culture. However, we still have a great selection of fine art and history museums! 

Select Your Dream Rental with Finger Lakes Premier Properties 

Where will you stay your first time visiting the Finger Lakes? Finger Lakes Premier Properties boasts a diverse portfolio of vacation rental homes from Canandaigua to Cayuga! With nearly 300 rental properties to choose from, you’re sure to find a home that suits all your needs. You can also search properties by amenity, location, and more when you book directly through our website. Even better, we make your first visit a breeze with our helpful trip planning information! 

Browse a full inventory of our Finger Lakes rental homes to start planning your trip!