Rochester Day Trip Inspiration: Books about the Rochester NY Area

104 Books, Magazines and Websites for Your Rochester Day Trip Inspiration

I started Day Trips around Rochester because, like you, I was searching libraries, bookstores, travel information racks, the Internet, and friend’s experiences for ideas. Over the years, I’ve found new waterfalls, scenic views, places to eat, interesting festivals, and odd roadside attractions to explore. All the while, my Rochester day trip list was growing impossibly long!

What really kicked this site into motion were the weeks leading up to my 40th birthday. I called it 40 wanders in 40 weeks to 40 years. It allowed me to focus on discovering new places around Rochester and capturing the experience in photographs.
Rochester Day Trip Inspiration: 40 by 40
If you’re looking to grow your local knowledge, start where I did with the books and websites below. The journeys of discovery have been just as rewarding as the destinations!

Blogs & Websites

Rochester Day Trip Inspiration: Websites about the Rochester NY Area

  1. Waterfalls of New York
  2. Parks & Trails New York
  3. Rochester Parks
  4. New York Outdoors
  5. CNY Hiking
  6. My Dog Likes
  7. NYS Geological Association Field Trip Guidebooks:
    2010s, 2000s, 1990s, 1980s, 1970s, 1960s
    Genesee Valley: 1994, 1973
    Central NY: 1964, 1970
    Western NY: 1966, 1974
  8. New York Upstate
  9. ROCwiki
  10. Explore Greater Rochester
  11. Explore New York
  12. Trips 101
  13. Vacation Idea
  14. Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor
  15. Odyssey
  16. Western NY
  17. Family Days Out
  18. Exploring Upstate
  19. Slow Road Travel
  20. The Rochesteriat
  21. Yelp
  22. Trip Advisor
  23. Mini Time
  24. Roadside America
  25. I Love the Finger Lakes
  26. Poorer Than You
  27. One Tank Trips
  28. The Getaway Guy
  29. Instagram
  30. Movoto
  31. Atlas Obscura
  32. Roadtrippers
  33. Meetup
  34. Rochester City Newspaper

Tourism Publications

Rochester Day Trip Inspiration: Tourism Sites about the Rochester NY Area

  1. I Love NY
  2. NYS Parks
  3. New York State Canals
  4. Visit Rochester
  5. City of Rochester
  6. Monroe County Parks
  7. Genesee
  8. Livingston
  9. Monroe
  10. Ontario
  11. Orleans
  12. Seneca
  13. Wayne
  14. Wyoming
  15. Yates
  16. Visit Buffalo
  17. Visit Buffalo Niagara
  18. Buffalo Rising
  19. Niagara Falls Visitor Center
  20. Visit Finger Lakes
  21. Finger Lakes
  22. Finger Lakes Wine Country
  23. Finger Lakes Travel
  24. Go Finger Lakes
  25. Visit Ithaca
  26. Watkins Glen
  27. Cattaraugus County Enchanted Mountains
  28. Tour Chautauqua
  29. Visit Syracuse
  30. Orleans County

Magazines & Newspapers

Rochester Day Trip Inspiration: Magazines about the Rochester NY Area

  1. ROC Parent
  2. Rochester City Newspaper
  3. (585) magazine
  4. Life in the Finger Lakes
  5. POST Rochester
  6. D&C Rochester Magazine
  7. South Wedge Quarterly

Books

Rochester Day Trip Inspiration: Books about the Rochester NY Area
This is only a short list of some of my favorite Rochester-centric books! These links will take you to Amazon, thought there is a vast selection of these books and others available through your local library, in particular the Monroe County Library System.

  1. Roadside Geology of New York
  2. Weird New York: Local Legends and Best Kept Secrets
  3. Take Your Bike: Family Rides in the Rochester (NY) Area
  4. Take Your Bike: Family Rides in New York’s Finger Lakes Region
  5. Take a Hike: Family Walks in the Rochester Area
  6. Take a Hike: Family Walks in the Finger Lakes & Genesee Valley Region
  7. Take a Paddle: Quiet Water for Canoes and Kayaks in New York’s Finger Lakes
  8. Hiking Waterfalls in New York: A Guide to the State’s Best Waterfall Hikes
  9. Best Easy Day Hikes Buffalo
  10. Best Easy Day Hikes Rochester
  11. Best Easy Day Hikes Syracuse
  12. Cobblestone Quest: Road Tours of New York’s Historic Buildings
  13. Hiking Waterfalls in New York: A Guide To The State’s Best Waterfall Hikes
  14. The Getaway Guy: Road Trip Getaways with Mike O’Brian (50 Fun-Filled Getaways in and around New York State!)
  15. The Getaway Guy Volume 2: 50 More Day Trip Getaways!
  16. The Finger Lakes Region: Its Origin and Nature
  17. Waterfalls and Gorges of the Finger Lakes
  18. 200 Waterfalls in Central and Western New York – A Finders’ Guide
  19. 50 Hikes in Western New York: Walks and Day Hikes from the Cattaraugus Hills to the Genessee Valley
  20. 365 Things to Do in Ithaca New York: Complete Insider’s Guide to All Things Ithaca
  21. Five-Star Trails: Finger Lakes and Central New York: Your Guide to the Area’s Most Beautiful Hikes
  22. Waterfalls of New York State
  23. New York Waterfalls: A Guide for Hikers & Photographers
  24. Upstate New York: Towns That We Love
  25. Upstate New York Off the Beaten Path®: A Guide To Unique Places
  26. Rochester Routes: Tours of Monroe County’s Historic Places
  27. 50 Hikes in Central New York: Hikes and Backpacking Trips from the Western Adirondacks to the Finger Lakes
  28. Upstate Uncovered: 100 Unique, Unusual, and Overlooked Destinations in Upstate New York
  29. Unknown Museums of Upstate New York: A Guide to 50 Treasures
  30. Explorer’s Guide Finger Lakes
  31. Explorer’s Guide Finger Lakes: A Great Destination
  32. Explorer’s Guide Western New York: From Niagara Falls and Southern Ontario to the Western Edge of the Finger Lakes
  33. Secret Places: A Guide to 25 Little Known Scenic Treasures of the New York’s Niagara-Allegheny Region, Including the Beautiful, the Bizarre, the Spec

Do you have a favorite book or website you’d recommend? Let me know!

Debi Bower

Born, raised and living life as a digital designer in Rochester, NY! I am also a day-tripper, writer & photographer, exploring the nooks and crannies that make our part of New York State so special.