Explore upstate New York and discover the wonders you will find from New York City to Niagara Falls!
This 5 day/4 night itinerary will have you visiting the Corning Museum of Glass to watch amazing glassmaking demonstrations and then make your own glass! Wind your way through the Finger Lakes, home to many award winning wineries. Visit Rochester, home to the Kodak and The Strong- National Museum of Play. In Niagara Falls, experience the thrill of the Falls aboard the Maid of the Mist and the Cave of the Winds tour!
Ideas for First Timers
Corning Museum of Glass
Watkins Glen State Park
Maid of the Mist
Cave of the Winds
Rockwell Museum of Western Art
Seneca Lake Wine Trail
George Eastman House
Ideas for Return Visitors
Try your hand at making your own glass projects at the Corning Museum of Glass studio
Top of the Falls Restaurant
Historic Old Fort Niagara
Niagara Adventure Theater
Genessee River’s High Falls & Trail
Susan B. Anthony House
New York Wine & Culinary Center
Mount Hope Cemetery
Drive through the Catskill Mountains to Corning, New York
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! Our 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 Horseheads or Holiday Inn Elmira (FIT and Group) is a perfect way to end your day.
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 the 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. From there you can head east towards Syracuse to visit Destiny USA, which is the sixth largest shopping destination in the US, combining traditional retail, outlets, fine dining and entertainment. And, there are plenty of overnight accommodations nearby to end your busy day.
Finger Lakes to Rochester
Don’t forget to visit Kay Jewelers Outlet, while there! Then head to Rochester, an iconic American city. Rochester is home to George Eastman House International Museum of Photography and Film inside the home of Kodak’s founder. Enjoy an evening of great dining, music and nightlife. Stroll, bike or cruise between the charming villages that line the historic Erie Canal.
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. Another thrill of a lifetime is a ride aboard the famous Maid of the Mist and getting so close to the Falls throughout the 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, Kay Jewelers Outlet, Kenneth Cole, Michael Kors, Saks Fifth Avenue OFF 5th, Under Armour and more!
Niagara Falls to Departure City
Spend the morning in Niagara USA and then depart via air from Buffalo Niagara International Airport to NYC or drive via Finger Lakes to NYC.