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Here’s How to Plan the Ultimate Finger Lakes Road Trip

There are many urban parts of New York, but when your lifestyle gets to be a little too fast, it’s time to hit the brakes with a relaxing getaway to the Finger Lakes region of New York. But before you can hit the brakes, put the car in gear and make a bee line with the ultimate Finger Lakes road trip

You can prepare yourself for your trip beforehand by requesting access to our free Finger Lakes Vacation Guide. It includes the best FLX attractions, so that you can figure out where you’d like to dine, drink, play, and sightsee while in exploring the Finger Lakes region. 

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Your Guide to the Ultimate Finger Lakes Road Trip 

NYC to the Finger Lakes 

Although New York City and Finger Lakes are not too far away from each other and in the same state, the two regions of New York are almost polar opposites. If you’re looking for a change of scenery and pace, you should drive from NYC to the Finger Lakes. 

The road trip is about five hours and will lead to a series of small towns, lakes, and outdoor recreation.  Some of the best outdoor recreation happens at attractions like Watkins Glen, a state historical park. There, you can spend the day hiking, biking, hunting, swimming, or sightseeing the 19 waterfalls! 

There’s a variety of things to do for the non-outdoorsy folks in your group as well. Explore some of our wine trails and discover the best local sips through a wine tasting (or several!) 

Buffalo to the Finger Lakes 

For the ultimate road trip adventure from Buffalo to the Finger Lakes region, you should take I-90. This route includes an array of attractions on the way to the lakes. Some hot spots you’ll run into are the New Era Field (where the Buffalo Bills play), Byrncliff Golf Resorts, Hidden Valley Animal Adventure, and the Jell-O Museum! 

The Finger Lakes to Rochester 

Just an hour away from the Finger Lakes is Rochester, NY. It’s the perfect place to take a day trip during your FLX vacation. History buffs are sure to enjoy the George Eastman Museum, where you can immerse yourself in the fascinating history of film and photography.  You’ll learn all about the history of different film genres, as well as the progression of technology! It’s fantastic for the creatives in your crew! If you love the museum, you’ll also enjoy the Rochester Contemporary Art Center, where you can admire art and walk through popular exhibits. 

Seneca Park Zoo in Rochester is a family favorite in Rochester! The 20-acre zoo is home to more than 90 species of animals! Learn all about your favorite animals, enjoy snacks at the café, or buy some souvenirs in the gift shop! This day trip is a day well-spent in Rochester, NY! 

Road Trip Around the Finger Lakes

If you’re planning a staycation in the Finger Lakes, or just wanting to road trip your way around the greatest attractions, it’s easy to pack an itinerary with fun things to do! Activities range from exploring the hiking trails at Taughannock Falls State Park to making glass at Corning Museum of Glass! 

For an extra unique experience, visit Seneca Falls, the birthplace of the women’s rights movement! You can then experience the National Women’s Hall of Fame where you’ll discover stories about the amazing women who shaped the nation. 

Choose the Best Finger Lakes Vacation Rentals for Your Lakecation

Make the most out of your lake vacation when you choose the best vacation rentals in the region. Finger Lakes Premier Properties offers gorgeous vacation homes surrounding Canandaigua Lake, Seneca Lake, Cayuga Lake, Conesus Lake, Honeoye Lake, and Keuka Lake! You can enjoy awesome amenities, like lakefront views, complimentary kayaks, fire pits, and much more. Browse through our selection of FLX vacation rentals, and start planning your road trip today!

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