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Finger Lakes Road Trip

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373.7 miles: 7 hours, 27 minutes
New York’s gorgeous Finger Lakes region is full of must-see attractions—from waterfalls to historical museums to art galleries—and ranks among the nation’s top wine-producing areas. Providing access to the 100-plus wineries surrounding the major lakes, this driving route will make you go gaga over grapes.
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Rochester to Corning
121.6 miles: 2 hours, 5 minutes
Stretch your legs in Hammondsport, a picturesque community on the southern tip of Keuka Lake. Wineries are the big draw here, but the quaint village square also is ripe for exploration. Next on the agenda is the historic Gaffer District in Corning, where you can grab a bite or a souvenir and watch glass artists at work.
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Corning to Ithaca
103.0 miles: 2 hours, 12 minutes
The largest concentration of Finger Lakes wineries lines both sides of trout-filled Seneca Lake, and you’ll pass many of them as you follow the Seneca Lake Wine Trail from race fan-friendly Watkins Glen to Geneva, an agricultural hub. Though not as scenic as its parallel companion SR 89, SR 96 leads to some outstanding natural attractions in Ithaca.
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Ithaca to Syracuse
58.9 miles: 1 hours, 28 minutes
Once SR 13 veers away from Cayuga Lake, there’s not a whole lot to see or do on this leg—until you reach Syracuse, that is. Historic Armory Square is the downtown hot spot and a good home base for a walking tour of the district, which features shops, restaurants, theaters and museums; tour maps are available from the Syracuse Heritage Area Visitor Center at the Erie Canal Museum.
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Syracuse to Rochester
90.2 miles: 1 hours, 40 minutes
Rochester is known for its parks, gardens, estates, excellent educational institutions and vibrant arts scene. Remember all those architectural gems you oohed and aahed at earlier? You’ll find plenty more (especially in and around Rochester’s downtown core) after the long interstate segment of this last jaunt.