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9 Spots to Seek Solitude

If you’ve already explored every inch of your backyard, here are a few spots where there’s ample space for finding solitude and solace in nature.

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15 Hidden Places Around Rochester

We drive past some of Rochester’s most unique features every day, completely unaware that these hidden places are just minutes away from where we live.

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Get Away From It All

We’re all getting a little stir crazy at this point. Here are some ideas to get away from the news, from other people, from the daily rut—from it all!

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Day Trips in Livingston County

Take a drive through the Livingston County countryside to explore charming village Main Streets, historic districts, nature trails and lake shores.

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Street Art: Exploring Rochester’s Murals & Graffiti

The term street art means different things to different people. Here, we interpret street art to mean any outdoor, free, public wall art. 

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49 New York State Parks Within a 2-hour Drive of Rochester

Venture into one of these New York State Parks within a 2-hour drive of Rochester and discover what makes them each unique!

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40 of the Best Ice Cream Shops Around Rochester

Ice cream, gelato, Italian ice, frozen yogurt, and custard—we love these shops for their outstanding atmosphere, taste, variety, and innovation.

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80 Hiking Trails Around Rochester

Here are a few less populated, rustic, or unusual trails around Rochester that will inspire you to take a hike. A diverse collection of rail-trails, waterside trails, and inland trails.

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9 Lighthouses Along Lake Ontario

These lighthouses along Lake Ontario in New York are all within a two-hour drive of Rochester. And where there is a lighthouse there is a sweeping view!

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42 Quirky Roadside Attractions

Spend a day checking out these unique and unusual roadside attractions, like shoe trees, a skeleton army, and a metal dragon, within 2 hours of Rochester.

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32 Roadside Waterfalls Near Rochester

Impressive waterfalls are not all buried in dark ravines accessible only by difficult trails. And for some, you do not need to get out of your car.

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39 Other Great Lakes Near Rochester

Rochester is well-known for our 11 Finger Lakes and 2 beautiful Great Lakes, Ontario and Erie. But there are even more fantastic, fresh-water lakes out there to discover!

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Rochester’s Fun Facts: Oldest, Original, Only, & More!

I’ve been gathering Rochester’s fun facts for several years and am so excited to gather them all together here! Just some of what makes Rochester special!

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Spend a Day in the Finger Lakes Region

The Finger Lakes Region is one of the most beautiful places on earth, and right in our backyard! It is easy to get out there and explore.

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Routes 5 and 20 Road Trip

Routes 5 and 20 is a beautiful 67-mile stretch of highway where NY-5 and US-20 converge, following an ancient foot trail of New York’s first people.

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Rochester Railfans: Trains, Depots, Rail-Trails, Models, & Clubs

Rochester railfans are incredibly lucky that passionate preservationists before us saw the value in retaining structures we can still appreciate today.

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Rochester: The Image City

Rochester evolved from Flour City to Flower City to Image City when George Eastman invented a way for the masses to capture everyday moments on film.

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Geologic History of the Rochester Area

These day trips into Rochester’s geologic history, filled with drumlins, fossils, house-sized boulders and a meromictic lake, will leave you awe-struck!

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Transcending Places: 40 Alternate Reality Destinations Around Rochester

Rather than an escape, I prefer to think of these as transcending places that encourage us to transcend space, time, and state of mind.

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The Lake Ontario Seaway Trail

The Lake Ontario Seaway Trail is the portion that runs along the southern Lake Ontario shoreline, from Fort Niagara in Youngstown to Fort Ontario in Oswego.

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My 2019 Day Trips

I hope this 2019 list of day trips around Rochester helps inspire your 2020 adventures! It’s amazing what you can see when you set your mind to exploring.

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COVID-19 NOTE: Please follow the most current recommendations from the CDC and New York State for spending time away from your home.

The great outdoors can provide a well needed respite & escape during stressful times. Please move quickly through parking lots, trail heads, and scenic areas. If crowded, choose a different park, trail, or time to visit. Please day trip responsibly and locally—seek solitude!