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Plan a Road Trip Through New York’s Finger Lakes

New York’s Finger Lakes region offers an wonderful road trip experience for visitors. These lakes are long and slender, and their formation resembles the fingers of a hand, giving the region it’s name. Each of the lakes are extremely deep, they are lakes are from west to east,  Conesus, Hemlock, Canadice, Honeoye, Canandaigua, Keuka, Seneca, Cayuga, Owasco, Skaneateles and Otisco. Seneca and Cayuga are the two largest of the lakes. Visitors to this region will find a wide variety of activities and destinations to interest them.

Beyond being know for its lakes, the region is also known as wine country. The unique geography of the region, meaning the lakes in the region including Lake Ontario protect the area from some of the harsher weather and protects the vineyards for the best growing conditions. This makes for great wines and is the east coast’s very own Napa Valley. In fact, the are has over 100 vineyards and wineries. Many of these wineries are open to visitors, so road trippers have a wonderful opportunity to enjoy the fabulous wines in the region.

Visitors to the region can start their trip in Ithaca, which is a larger city at the southern tip of Cayuga Lake. While enjoying time in Ithaca visitors can explore Cornell University as well as the city’s museums, art galleries and more. After exploring Ithaca travelers should take the short trip to the beautiful Taughannock Falls State Park. Within this park there is a 215 foot waterfall, one of the highest east of the Rockies. The park is also a wonderful destination for outdoor recreation, including swimming, fishing, hiking and more.

Road trippers can continue up the shore of Cayuga Lake to explore some of the wonderful wines of the region. From south to north along the shores of Cayuga Lake visitors can enjoy tasting the unique wines and other treats at wineries, including Frontenac Point Vineyard and Estate Winery, Americana Vineyards and The Crystal Lake Cafe, Lucas Vineyards, Sheldrake Point Winery, Hosmer Winery, Goose Watch Winery, Knapp Winery and Restaurant, Cobblestone Farm Winery and Restaurant and Montezuma Winery and Hidden Marsh Distillery.

At the northern end of Cayuga Lake visitors can explore the city of Seneca Falls and then travel west to Geneva. In both of these cities visitors will find points of historic interest, including the National Women’s Hall of Fame in Seneca Falls and the Smith Opera House in Geneva. While at the northern end of the Finger Lakes region visitors can take a trip to the city of Syracuse to see the Everson Museum of Art.

From the northern end of Seneca Lake visitors can travel south along the eastern shore of the lake and explore more of the region’s amazing wineries. At the southern end of Seneca Lake visitors can stop at Watkins Glen State Park, which is considered to be one of the most spectacular parks in the region. The park is filled with stunning waterfalls pouring into beautiful gorges.

Throughout the region visitors will find many points of interest. All along the shores of these lakes and the region there are thriving examples of agriculture. The region has much more than wineries, in the spring Maple syrup is harvested from trees. Visitors in the summer will be in time for the berry season. The region also has  many apple, peach, apricot and cherry orchards. For visitors, the best part of the agricultural sector is the ready availability of U-pick farms and Farm Markets. Any visitor to this region of New York has to spend a little time reveling in the ready availability of fresh fruit.

The region’s cities are also fascinating destinations and points of interest on any road trip. Rochester has a great deal of arts and entertainment options. For visitors looking for some music, the Rochester Philharmonic is a great entertainment option. Visitors may also wish to attend the Rochester International Jazz Festival. The George Eastman House of Photography and Film in Rochester is also a great option. The Rockwell Museum of Western Art in Corning and the Corning Museum of Glass are also wonderful destinations.

Another fantastic feature of the region that road trippers and all travelers alike can spend time exploring are the 522 miles of trails winding throughout the region. These trails travel between the region’s winery and are some of the best opportunities to explore all that the region has to offer.

The Finger Lakes region of New York has some truly amazing sites for all visitors to see. The unique geography of the region combined with its residents makes it an amazing spot to explore. The region is filled with places of interest, which would take years to truly explore, but it is also a great place to enjoy a fabulous vacation and road trip.

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