Transcending places around Rochester: Grimes Glen

Transcending Places: 37 Alternate Reality Destinations Around Rochester

Rather than an escape, I prefer to think of these as transcending places, or transformative places, that help us to become more mindful people. When I think of “transcendence” as it relates to travel, I think of destinations that move us into a reality that differs from daily life. I look for places that encourage us to transcend space, time, and state of mind, and also to be present and immersed in the experience at the same time.

Transcending Space

These destinations have been described as other-worldly, Narnia, Terabithia, Oz (or “not in Kansas anymore”), and hidden gems. You can’t go wrong with a place that has the word “glen” in its name!

Corbetts Glen
Corbett’s Glen

1. Corbett’s Glen

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Walking Stick Grimes Glen
Grimes Glen

2. Grimes Glen

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Gorge Trails Watkins Glen
Watkins Glen State Park

3. Watkins Glen

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Little Rock City in Rock City New York State Forest
Little Rock City

4. Little Rock City in Rock City State Forest

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30 day trips within 30 minutes of Rochester: Turning Point Park Rochester NY
Turning Point Park

5. Turning Point Park

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Things to do around Rochester NY: Chimney Bluffs State Park
Chimney Bluffs State Park

6. Chimney Bluffs

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Rochester Hidden Sidewalk
The Hidden Sidewalk

7. Rochester’s Hidden Sidewalk

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Eternal Flame Trail Chestnut Ridge Park Buffalo
Eternal Flame Trail in Chestnut Ridge Park

8. Eternal Flame

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Warner Castle Sunken Garden in shadow
Warner Castle’s Sunken Garden in shadow

9. Sunken Garden

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Tinker Nature Park fairy houses
Tinker Nature Park fairy houses

10. Tinker Nature Park

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Inside ARTISANworks
One of the many themed spaces at ARTISANworks

11. ARTISANworks

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Transcending places around Rochester: Rochester Museum Science Center

12. RMSC’s Strasenburgh Planetarium

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Transcending Time

These destinations transport you into the past to appreciate and to learn about how we developed the culture, values, and amenities we have today. Stepping inside is like entering a time machine.

Genesee Country Village Museum
Genesee Country Village Museum

13. Genesee Country Village & Museum

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Historic Inns Around Rochester American Hotel Lima
American Hotel in Lima on US-5-and-20

14. Historic Inns

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Things to do around Rochester NY: Old Country Store
The Old Country Store and More – est. 1849

15. Country Stores

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Historic Small Movie Theaters Around Rochester Strand Theater Brockport
The Strand

16. Historic Movie Theaters

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Mount Hope Cemetery
Mount Hope Cemetery Tour, Susan B. Anthony grave site

17. Mount Hope Cemetery

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Penn Dixie Fossil Park Nature Reserve
Penn Dixie Fossil Park and Nature Reserve

18. Penn Dixie Fossil Park and Nature Reserve

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Paleontological Research Institution and its Museum of the Earth in Ithaca NY
Museum of the Earth

19. Museum of the Earth

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New York Museum of Transportation trolley interior
New York Museum of Transportation trolley ride

20. New York Museum of Transportation

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Rochester Genesee Valley Railroad Museum
Rochester & Genesee Valley Railroad Museum

21. Rochester & Genesee Valley Railroad Museum

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Arcade and Attica Railroad
Arcade & Attica Railroad

22. Arcade & Attica Railroad

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Sam Patch Packet Boat Corn Hill Landing
Sam Patch Packet Boat

23. Sam Patch

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Lockport Flight of Five
Lockport Flight of Five on the Erie Canal

24. Erie Canal Towns & Villages

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Landmark Society Home and Garden 2016 Rochester
Landmark Society Home and Garden 2016

25. House & Garden Tours

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Transcending State of Mind

I find that these places demand that you become absorbed in your surroundings. They have a way of closing off the world behind you as you explore. They convey peacefulness, serenity, beauty, and connection with nature.

Channing H Philbrick Park PKA Linear Park
Channing H Philbrick Park PKA Linear Park

26. Channing H. Philbrick

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Magnolias at Highland Park
Magnolias at Highland Park in May

27. Highland Park

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Lamberton Conservatory
Lamberton Conservatory

28. Lamberton Conservatory

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Letchworth State Park NY Inspiration Point
Inspiration Point at Letchworth

29. Letchworth

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Sonnenberg Gardens Japanese Tea House
Japanese Tea House at Sonnenberg Gardens

30. Sonnenberg Gardens

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George Eastman House Museum garden
George Eastman estate garden

31. Public gardens

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Bristol Mountain
Autumn lift rides at Bristol Mountain

32. Bristol Mountain

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Canandaigua Lake: Jump Off Trail on Gannet Hill in Ontario County Park
Jump Off Trail on Gannet Hill in Ontario County Park

33. The Jump Off

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Honeoye Lake from Harriet Hollister
Honeoye Lake from Harriet Hollister

34. Harriet Hollister

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Lily Dale Assembly
Lily Dale Assembly

35. Lily Dale

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Niagara Falls American Falls
Niagara Falls: The Crows Nest at Prospect Point, view from the Observation Tower

36. Niagara Falls

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Water: Taughannock Falls
Taughannock Falls

37. Taughannock Falls

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Where are your favorite transcending places around Rochester?

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.

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