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Day trips from Rochester - Places to visit outside of the city

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21 Feb

Rochester’s Surrounding Attractions

The great thing about visiting Rochester is there not is plenty to see and do in the city, it also offers a variety of delightful locations within an hour or two’s drive from the city. These range from the world famous Niagara Falls to some of the most amazing vineyards in North America.

If you plan a trip to the city, there is a fine selection of hotels in Rochester, NY to stay in comfort. The hotel restaurants in Rochester are some of the best in upstate New York, with a range of fine dining options to cater to every palate. Once you are over with visiting the main attractions in Rochester, some of the spots worth taking a day trip to include:

Hamlin Beach:

Hamlin Beach New York Rochester’s Surrounding Attractions

Located along the scenic shores of Lake Ontario is Hamlin Beach, State Park. A lovely beach area makes it popular with visitors to the area. It is just a 30-minute drive from the city taking the Lake Ontario State Parkway that moves parallel to the lake’s shores. The beach is large and has nice clear water along with plenty of amenities available. During the winter the biking and hiking trails in the area are popular with skiers and snowmobilers.

How to Reach There?

Finger Lakes Wine Trail:

Autumn Inlet to Cayuga Lake one of the Finger Lakes of New York Rochester’s Surrounding Attractions

Upstate Rochester is famous for its numerous wineries located in the area famously known as Finger Lakes. These are to the south of the city and are popular locations for wine aficionados to make their annual wine pilgrimage to the vineyards. There are plenty of parks and also a well-developed wine trail, along with many attractions and restaurants en route.

Niagara Falls:

Niagara Falls Rochester’s Surrounding Attractions

Probably the most recognised and visited waterfall in North America, Niagara Falls is indeed a spectacularly breathtakingly beautiful sight to behold. One of the star attractions in the US it takes just about 90 minutes to reach the falls from Rochester. Visitors will enjoy the gorgeous views on the American side with a visit to Goat Island definitely recommended. There are a number of parks, shopping venues and even a casino to try your luck at the tables. Carry your passport and you could cross over to Canada to continue your exploratory tour.

How to Reach There?

Corning:

Situated in the Southern Tier of Rochester is the thriving shopping district of Corning, which is approximately a 90-minute drive from the city. It is world famous for its glassmaking skills with the eponymously titled glassmaker having their headquarters in the area. Culture lovers will enjoy a visit to the Rockwell Museum of Art and the Corning Museum of Glass for a cultural perspective.  Market Street is a great place to dine and shop when in Corning.

Canandaigua:

Canandaigua Lake in the Finger Lakes region of New York Rochester’s Surrounding Attractions

It could be described as being in the backyard of the city and lies towards the north of Canandaigua. Visitors need to pass through the Thruway and they will be in the renowned Finger Lakes territory. Canandaigua is popular for its wonderful rustic backdrop, first-rate dining options and shopping venues. There is a farmer’s market selling the best of local produce in the summer, a beautiful marine life park, superb wine tours of the surrounding countryside and even boat cruises. In the summer, music lovers flock to the amphitheatre known as CMAC for musical concerts.

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