Looking for weekend road trips? Spontaneous getaways close to home? Recommendations for out-of-town guests or area college students? I was too! But the information used to be spread out across blogs and books and tourism sites. Now this site–Day Trips Around Rochester, NY–is a collection of experience and research that I personally wish had been out there 20 years ago.
Plan your day trip around the season
Most destinations are great in any season! Some activities, like skiing, are limited.
Our roadside waterfalls near Rochester are spectacular, and for some, you do not need to get out of your car. Impressive waterfalls are not all buried in dark ravines accessible only by difficult trails.
I’ve been exploring the Rochester area for decades, visiting well-known places and looking for hidden gems and I still haven’t seen it all! Day Trips Around Rochester, NY focuses on destinations within 2-hours of Rochester so that overnights are not necessary. Of course, there are many occasions where an overnight will help you explore more of an area (like waterfalls in Ithaca, for example). There are ideas for longer road trips as well as places you can explore within 30 minutes of Center City. Filter our day trips by drive-time, direction, or season, and check out our maps & guides for inspiration!
I plan my own day trips by choosing the destination first, then finding out what there is to explore along the way. Back roads around Western, NY and the Finger Lakes Region are worth the drive regardless of the destination! Small towns on Main Streets, village diners and cafes, and roadside waterfalls are all part of the path to discovery so take the slow roads! You really miss so much by taking the Thruway or NY-390.
I’d love to hear your thoughts, ideas, and feedback so we can keep making this a great resource to plan your day trips from Rochester. Happy trails!