6 Weekend Getaways from Rochester New York


The city of Rochester is unique in many ways, and regardless of the length of your Riverside Hotel visit, there’ll be more than enough to keep you entertained in this upstate, cultural gem of a city.

There’s a lot to see in the larger New York State area though, and limiting yourself to just Rochester could mean missing out on some truly wondrous experiences. Fortunately, our Rochester accommodation is the perfect base for a weekend spent exploring!

Endowed with beautiful natural landscapes, shimmering lakes, and the nearby borders of magnificent Canada, there’s no time like a stay at our meeting rooms in Rochester to broaden your holidaying horizons. From bitesize city escapes to returns to the wilderness, these weekend trip tips are all you’d need to see what the area around Rochester could hold in store for you.

Niagra Falls

niagra fallsJust an hour and a half drive from Rochester, Niagara Falls is located on the border between Canada and the USA and offers a wealth of options when it comes to weekend stays. With the arcades and wax museums of Clifton Hill and the boutique shopping options in Niagara on the Lake, you’ll be spoilt for choice when it comes to a weekend visit. Make sure not to miss the Maid of the Mist boat tour, giving you a view of the waterfall from under its powerful stream, literally a breath of fresh air.

Lake George

Lake GeorgeThe “Queen of the American Lakes” is just a four-hour drive from Rochester offering up amusement parks, breathtaking nature trails, and boating tours. For guests staying at our pet friendly hotel in Rochester, Lake George is the perfect option for a weekend escape with your dog.

New York City

New York CityFive and a half hours away by car, New York City is the most popular destination in the state of the same name. Whilst Rochester offers a manageable city size for exploring, you’ll only be able to scratch the surface of New York City over one weekend. That’s more than enough reason to visit though; the views of the city from the Staten Island ferry are well worth the drive.


A six-hour drive from Rochester New York, Boston is one of the oldest cities in the US and offers an accessible array of attractions that explore the rich history of the city. This is the perfect visit for families too, the Dr. Seuss Museum and the New England Aquarium are some of the most visited attractions in the city.

Toronto, Canada

TorontoJust three hours over the Canadian border, Toronto is one of the most famous of the neighboring countries’ beautiful cities. Located around Lake Ontario, Toronto is famous for its great arts culture, magnificent zoo, and avid sporting traditions.

Lake Seneca

Lake SenecaThe deepest of America’s Finger Lakes, Lake Seneca is only an hour’s drive from our Rochester accommodation. Alongside its boating traditions, you’ll find crystal clear, serene views and a longstanding culture of trout fishing. With its proximity to Rochester, Lake Seneca is perfect for a day trip from Rochester New York.