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Day Trip Destinations

Spend a day exploring a new city, village, or region around Rochester. Each of our favorite destinations offers a full day of unique site-seeing opportunities with shops, restaurants, local artisans, and signature events worth traveling to experience.

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Explore Ithaca, NY

Spend a day in the City of Ithaca, exploring the waterfalls, restaurants, shops, and festivals that make this Ivy League college town unique.

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Explore Skaneateles, NY

The Village of Skaneateles is the perfect place to get away and enjoy the pace of lake life, surrounded by unique boutiques and restaurants.

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Explore East Aurora, NY

From Vidler’s to the Aurora Theatre to the Roycroft Arts & Crafts movement, the early 1900s are alive and well on Main Street in East Aurora.

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Explore Lewiston, NY

Ranked as one of the “Top Ten Small Towns,” spend a day in Lewiston, with its excellent shops, restaurants, and Niagara River views.

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Explore Letchworth State Park

Relax beside a massive waterfall, hike the gorge trails, and learn about New York’s geological and human history in Letchworth State Park.

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Explore Routes 5 & 20

Routes 5 & 20 is a 67-mile stretch of scenic highway where NY-5 & US-20 converge, following an ancient foot trail of the region’s first people.

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Explore 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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Explore the Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor

The Erie Canal spans one hundred miles between Lockport and Clyde, with Rochester in the middle. Choose fifteen miles to explore for a great day trip.

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Explore Livingston County

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

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Explore Monroe County

Monroe County is the heart of the Greater Rochester Nine County Region. The City of Rochester is surrounded by 19 towns and villages.

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There are a few more day trip destinations in the works, including Corning, Buffalo, Naples, Canandaigua, Pittsford, Fairport, Brockport, Watkins Glen, Geneva, Williamsville, Seneca Falls, Penn Yan, Auburn, … Look forward to those rolling out in 2023.

I travel not to go anywhere but to go. I travel for travel’s sake. The great affair is to move.

Robert Louis Stevenson

Things to See Along the Way

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Finger Lakes Welcome Center in Geneva

As you’re driving the back roads and scenic bi-ways of the Genesee Valley, Western New York and the Finger Lakes Region, keep your eyes open for our fascinating roadside attractions.

26 Roadside Waterfalls Near Rochester

Impressive waterfalls are not all buried in dark ravines accessible only by difficult trails. For many, you don’t need to leave your car.

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42 Quirky Roadside Attractions

Have fun finding these quirky roadside attractions—shoe trees, a skeleton army, a metal dragon, a shark girl—within two hours of home.

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12 Self-Guided Tours

These self-guided tours around Rochester are like a regional scavenger hunt! Learn the stories behind some of the things you see along our roadways.

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Fall Foliage: 7 Breathtaking Views Near Rochester

These destinations offer colorful fall foliage and varied landscapes so you can appreciate them each in their own unique way.

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Which are your favorite villages and cities for a day trip?

Please share your thoughts and stories with us in the comments. Your insight and experience are invaluable!

Debi Bower, Day Trips Around Rochester NY

Author Debi Bower is the Founder and Creative Director for Day Trips Around Rochester, NY.

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