New York Routes 5 and 20

Explore Routes 5 & 20

Routes 5 & 20, a 67-mile convergence of New York State Route 5 and US Route 20, is a gently rolling scenic highway. It connects the Town of Avon in the west to Auburn in the east, passing through Canandaigua, Geneva, and Seneca Falls. The road is known as Genesee Street in some areas and Main Street in others and serves as the main thoroughfare for the towns and villages it passes through.

The route follows a foot trail used by the region’s first inhabitants that connected the Hudson River to Lake Erie as it passed through a valley between the Adirondack and the Catskill Mountains. New York State Route 5 was originally constructed in 1794 to connect Fort Schuyler in Utica on the Mohawk River with Canawaugus in Caledonia on the Genesee River.

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Avon

Avon Genesee St Shops
Genesee St, Avon
Vintage Drive-In Avon sign
Vintage Drive-In
Historic Inns Around Rochester Avon Inn
Avon Inn
Tom Wahls rootbeer Avon NY
Tom Wahl’s

Attractions

Vintage Drive-In

Avon Driving Park and 5-Arch Bridge

Erie-Attica Rail Trail crossing at the Genesee River

Dining

Avon Village Restaurant

Fratelli’s Restaurant

Tom Wahl’s

Avon Inn

Duffy’s Tavern

Avondale Pub

🍦Sprinkles Ice Cream Parlor

Breweries & Wineries

🍺 Mortalis Brewing Company

Explore Avon

Avon is situated along the Genesee River at the western terminus of Routes 5 & 20 and grew as a stagecoach crossing and place of healing.

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Explore Lima

Lima has been known as a vibrant and successful agricultural, commercial, and academic center—the Crossroads of Western New York.

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Canandaigua

Canandaigua City Pier
Canandaigua
Sonnenberg
Kayaking Canandaigua Lake
Canandaigua Lake
Sonnenberg Gardens Japanese Tea Garden
Sonnenberg Gardens

Attractions

Canandaigua Lake

Sonnenberg Gardens

Granger Homestead

Roseland Waterpark

City Pier

Canandaigua Lady—a 19th-century steamboat replica and double-decker paddle wheeler.

Swim at Kershaw Park Beach.

Enjoy a concert at CMAC or Lincoln Hill Farms.

Ontario Pathways rail trail crossing of Routes 5 and 20 in Stanley.

Dining

New York Kitchen

Rio Tomatlan

Flavors Indian Restaurant

Eric’s Office

Rheinblick German Restaurant

The Green Front

🍦Cheshire Farms Creamery

Breweries & Wineries

🍺 Naked Dove Brewing

🍺 Twisted Rail Brewing (also Geneva)

🍺 Peacemaker Brewing

🍺 Bee Hive Brew Pub

🍺 Young Lion Brewing

🍷New York Kitchen

🍷Finger Lakes Wine Center

Explore Canandaigua

Of the five Finger Lakes closest to Rochester, Canandaigua Lake and the city’s historic downtown have the most to offer visitors.

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Geneva

Geneva
Seneca Street, Geneva
Historic Geneva
Historic Geneva
Geneva on the Lake
Geneva on the Lake
Geneva Seneca Lake boardwalk
Seneca Lake, Geneva

Attractions

Seneca Lake

Seneca Lake State Park

Rose Hill Mansion

Smith Opera House

Bishop Nature Preserve

Dining

Ports Cafe

Beef & Brew

Char Burrito Bar

Club 86 Bagels

Red Dove Tavern

FLX Table

Geneva on the Lake

Hasley’s

Opus Espresso & Food Bar

Cosentino’s Ristorante

Ciccino’s Pizzeria & Restaurant

🍦Long Pier

Breweries & Wineries

🍺 Lake Street Filling Station

🍺Webe Brewing

🍺 Lake Drum Brewing

🍺 Bottomless Brewing

🍷Belhurst Castle and Estate Winery

🍷Ventosa Vineyards

🍷Raymor Estate Cellars Winery

Explore Geneva

Situated midway between Rochester and Syracuse on Route 5 and 20, Geneva feels like the center of the Finger Lakes region.

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Waterloo

National Memorial Day Museum Waterloo NY
National Memorial Day Museum in Waterloo NY

Attractions

National Memorial Day Museum

Dining

Connie’s Diner

Mac’s Drive-In

Seneca Falls

Seneca Falls visitor center cover
Seneca Falls
Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge visitor center
Montezuma
First Convention for Womens Rights in Seneca Falls NY
Woman’s Rights
Gould Hotel
Gould Hotel

Attractions

Cayuga Lake

Cayuga Lake State Park

National Women’s Hall of Fame

Women’s Rights National Historic Park, including the home of Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Wesleyan Chapel.

It’s a Wonderful Life Museum

Trinity Church

Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge

Dining

Cafe 19

Gould Hotel

El Bajio Mexican Restaurant

Deerhead Lakeside Restaurant & Bar

Parker’s Grille & Tap House

Wolffy’s Grill and Marina

Penny’s Place Family Restaurant

Breweries & Wineries

🍷Montezuma Winery & Hidden Marsh Distillery

🍷Izzo’s White Barn Winery (Cayuga)

Explore Seneca Falls

Seneca Falls, on historic Route 5 and 20, is the birthplace of the Women’s Rights movement and is the inspiration for It’s a Wonderful Life.

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Auburn

Owasco Lake Merry Go Round Playhouse
Owasco Lake, Auburn
Seward House Museum Auburn NY
Seward House
Willard Memorial Chapel alter Auburn NY
Willard Memorial
Owasco Lake Emerson Park
Owasco Lake

Attractions

Owasco Lake

Willard Memorial Chapel

Auburn Doubledays MLB.

Emerson Park

The Rev Theatre Co.

Public Theater

Harriet Tubman Home

William Henry Seward Home

Ward W. O’Hara Agricultural Museum

Finger Lakes Drive-In

Dining

Auburn Diner

Lasca’s

Ichiban Sushi & Hibachi Japanese Restaurant

Kosta’s Bar & Grill

The Sunset

Oak & Vine at Springside Inn

Breweries & Wineries

🍺 Next Chapter Brew Pub

🍺 Good Shepherds Brewing

🍺 Prison City Pub and Brewery

🍷CJS Vineyards & Aurelius Winery

Explore Auburn

Auburn offers a full day of immersive experiences. Follow this guide to make the most of your time exploring the city’s rich culture.

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Official Visitor Guides

Geneva visitor center cover
Geneva Welcome Center

Ontario County

Canandaigua

Geneva

Seneca Falls

Auburn

🍷Canandaigua Wine Trail

🍷Seneca Lake Wine Trail

🍷Cayuga Lake Wine Trail

Explore the Finger Lakes Region

The Finger Lakes region is a popular tourist destination, featuring 11 lakes, charming cities and villages, and scenic farmland.

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Explore Skaneateles

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 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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Museums Around Rochester

Rochester is home to world-renowned museums and thought-provoking galleries. You can spend weeks exploring our rich cultural heritage.

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Museums Around Rochester

Rochester is home to world-renowned museums and thought-provoking galleries. You can spend weeks exploring our rich cultural heritage.

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Geneva I Love NY Seneca Lake cover
Finger Lakes Welcome Center in Geneva

Where are your favorite day trips along Routes 5 and 20?

Your insights and experiences are valuable. Please share them in the comments.

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