Finger Lakes: Drink in the beauty!
From gorgeous gorges to wonderful wine! Eleven pristine lakes spread like fingers across this land of natural beauty and captivating attractions. Rivers and streams connect each Finger Lake to Great Lake Ontario, creating a haven for boating, fishing and swimming. Magnificent state parks are ideal for hiking, biking and camping. Scenic wine trails around Canandaigua, Cayuga, Keuka and Seneca lakes lead to award-winning wineries offering tours, tasting and events year-round. Local wines pair nicely with artisan cheeses found along the Finger Lakes Cheese Trail.
Chefs at the New York Wine & Culinary Center in Canandaigua present cooking workshops and tempting menus that highlight locally-sourced ingredients and New York wines, beer and other specialties. Legendary restaurants range from natural-foods pioneer Moosewood in Ithaca to Syracuse’s famous Dinosaur Bar-B-Que. Destiny USA, a top attraction in Syracuse and one of America’s largest shopping centers, features diverse dining, premium outlets and unique entertainment including an Ice Museum and Wonderworks Canyon Climb Adventure, the world’s largest suspended indoor ropes course! Syracuse also hosts the annual Great New York State Fair every summer, ending Labor Day weekend.
Discover over 100 shops, galleries and studios in Corning’s Gaffer District and see hot glassblowing shows and 35 centuries of glass art at the Corning Museum of Glass, which is kid friendly. Rochester’s gems include a glorious Lilac Festival in May, the Strong National Museum of Play and the George Eastman House & Photography Museum. History comes alive at the Harriet Tubman Home in Auburn and Women’s Rights National Historical Park in Seneca Falls.
Watkins Glen, with awesome gorges and waterfalls, hosts the Finger Lakes Wine Festival every July. Racing fans come from far and wide to watch NASCAR’s biggest names at Watkins Glen International Raceway. In Owego and Hammondsport, both recently voted "Coolest Small Town in America" by Budget Travel readers, antique and artisan shops line picturesque Main Streets and Historic Owego Marketplace.
In autumn, shimmering lakes reflect the splendid fall foliage. Follow the Cayuga Lake Scenic Byway through magnificent scenery, from Ithaca to the Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge. Winter is a wonderland in villages and at ski mountains like Bristol, Greek Peak and Labrador. Find cross-country ski and snowshoe trails in parks, resorts and nature centers. For a breathtaking good time, ride the Nor’Easter Mountain Coaster at Greek Peak Mountain Resort, offering four-season fun and an Outdoor Adventure Center.
The Soaring Capital of America, Elmira attracts visitors from around the globe to see the world’s largest sailplane collection at the National Soaring Museum. Take a plane ride or just watch the gliders soar over spectacular landscapes.
Canandaigua Wine Trail
Cayuga Lake Scenic Byway
Cayuga Lake Wine Trail
Corning Museum of Glass
Corning’s Gaffer District
Finger Lakes Cheese Trail
Finger Lakes Wine Festival
George Eastman House & Museum of Photography
Great New York State Fair
Greek Peak Mountain Resort
Greek Peak Outdoor Adventure Center
Harriet Tubman Home
Historic Owego Marketplace
Keuka Lake Wine Trail
Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge
National Soaring Museum
New York Wine & Culinary Center
Rochester Lilac Festival
Seneca Lake Wine Trail
Strong National Museum of Play
Watkins Glen International Raceway
Watkins Glen State Park
Women’s Rights National Historical Park