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105 Resources for 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 Rochester day trip inspiration.

If you’re looking to grow your local knowledge, start where I did with the books and websites below.

Book Waterfalls of New York State

Blogs & Websites

  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
Liftbridge Books in Brockport
Liftbridge Books in Brockport

Tourism Publications

  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
Book Rochester Routes

Magazines & Newspapers

  1. ROC Parent
  2. New York State Conservationist
  3. Rochester City Newspaper
  4. (585) magazine
  5. Life in the Finger Lakes
  6. POST Rochester
  7. D&C Rochester Magazine
  8. South Wedge Quarterly
Book Take a Hike Paddle Bike

Books for Rochester Day Trip Inspiration

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. Any of Arch Merrill’s books
  3. Weird New York: Local Legends and Best Kept Secrets
  4. Take Your Bike: Family Rides in the Rochester (NY) Area
  5. Take Your Bike: Family Rides in New York’s Finger Lakes Region
  6. Take a Hike: Family Walks in the Rochester Area
  7. Take a Hike: Family Walks in the Finger Lakes & Genesee Valley Region
  8. Take a Paddle: Quiet Water for Canoes and Kayaks in New York’s Finger Lakes
  9. Hiking Waterfalls in New York: A Guide to the State’s Best Waterfall Hikes
  10. Best Easy Day Hikes Buffalo
  11. Best Easy Day Hikes Rochester
  12. Best Easy Day Hikes Syracuse
  13. Cobblestone Quest: Road Tours of New York’s Historic Buildings
  14. Hiking Waterfalls in New York: A Guide To The State’s Best Waterfall Hikes
  15. The Getaway Guy: Road Trip Getaways with Mike O’Brian (50 Fun-Filled Getaways in and around New York State!)
  16. The Getaway Guy Volume 2: 50 More Day Trip Getaways!
  17. The Finger Lakes Region: Its Origin and Nature
  18. Waterfalls and Gorges of the Finger Lakes
  19. 200 Waterfalls in Central and Western New York – A Finders’ Guide
  20. 50 Hikes in Western New York: Walks and Day Hikes from the Cattaraugus Hills to the Genessee Valley
  21. 365 Things to Do in Ithaca New York: Complete Insider’s Guide to All Things Ithaca
  22. Five-Star Trails: Finger Lakes and Central New York: Your Guide to the Area’s Most Beautiful Hikes
  23. Waterfalls of New York State
  24. New York Waterfalls: A Guide for Hikers & Photographers
  25. Upstate New York: Towns That We Love
  26. Upstate New York Off the Beaten Path®: A Guide To Unique Places
  27. Rochester Routes: Tours of Monroe County’s Historic Places
  28. 50 Hikes in Central New York: Hikes and Backpacking Trips from the Western Adirondacks to the Finger Lakes
  29. Upstate Uncovered: 100 Unique, Unusual, and Overlooked Destinations in Upstate New York
  30. Unknown Museums of Upstate New York: A Guide to 50 Treasures
  31. Explorer’s Guide Finger Lakes
  32. Explorer’s Guide Finger Lakes: A Great Destination
  33. Explorer’s Guide Western New York: From Niagara Falls and Southern Ontario to the Western Edge of the Finger Lakes
  34. 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

Books! 30+ Book Sellers, Groups, and Events for Rochester Bibliophiles

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

Rochester’s fun facts will inspire you to explore more. And these are just some of the historical tidbits that make Rochester special.

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32 Monroe County Libraries

Signing up for a free library card gives you access to all 32 Monroe County libraries in towns, villages, the city, and Central Library.

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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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What’s your go-to Rochester day trip inspiration?

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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.