Explore Upstate New York and Discover the Wonders
Day 1: NYC to Corning
Drive through the Catskill Mountains via Rt. 17/I-86 to Corning, New York – only a 4 1/2 hour drive. Corning, the southern gateway to the Finger Lakes is home to one of our region’s most popular attractions, The Corning Museum of Glass. Visit the world’s largest glass museum and watch a live Hot Glass demonstration! The new Contemporary Art & Design Wing is attracting visitors from all over the world. Many other attractions and restaurants serving local fare are nearby. An overnight stay at the Holiday Inn Express Hoseheads or Holiday Inn Elmira (FIT and Group) is a perfect way to end your day.
Day 2: Finger Lakes
Leave Corning and head towards Watkins Glen at the south end of Seneca Lake. Watkins Glen State Park is one of our most popular visitor destinations because of the scenery of 19 waterfalls and the gorge itself. In the village of Watkins Glen you will find dining and boat excursions. Seneca Lake is a long slender lake with wineries along both sides. Traveling up either side will be a beautiful drive and you will end up in the small city of Geneva. In Geneva you can walk the north shore of Seneca Lake. With more than 140 wineries, cideries and distilleries, The Finger Lakes region is one of the largest wine-producing regions in North America!
Day 3: Finger Lakes to Rochester
Shop ’til you drop at Waterloo Premium Outlets, where you will find savings of 25% – 65% off every day, then head over to Rochester! An iconic American city, Rochester (www.visitrochester.com) is home to world-renowned attractions including The Strong National Museum of Play and George Eastman Museum, the latter being located inside the 35,000 square foot mansion of Kodak founder, George Eastman. Enjoy an evening of great dining, music and nightlife and be sure to save time for a stroll, bike ride or cruise between the charming villages that line the historic Erie Canal.
Day 4: Rochester to Niagara Falls
In the morning, depart Rochester along the Seaway Trail American Byway, arriving in Niagara Falls ready to be captivated by the experience of the Falls. Begin or end your adventure with a meal at the world-renowned Hard Rock Cafe, located across from the main entrance to the Park. Then be prepared for a thrill of a lifetime aboard the famous Maid of the Mist and getting so close to the Falls throughout Niagara Falls State Park, you will be amazed. While taking in the sights and sounds of Niagara USA, don’t miss the Fashion Outlets of Niagara Falls USA featuring Disney, Kate Spade, Coach, Michael Kors and more!
Day 5: Niagara Falls to Departure City
Spend the morning in Niagara USA and then depart via air from Buffalo/Niagara International Airport (BUF) to NYC, or drive via Finger Lakes to NYC.