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Day Trips and Getaways

Centrally located in the Finger Lakes region of Upstate New York, Ithaca driving to New York City, Philadelphia, and Toronto takes about four hours, and driving to Boston, Washington, DC, and Montreal takes less than six hours.

The local area is rich with historical sites, parks, wineries, and small towns.


The Finger Lakes region is home to many wineries and a few breweries. Leisurely drives on wine trails around the bucolic Cayuga and Seneca Lakes are popular ways to spend an afternoon away from the library. Many wineries are within a few miles of Ithaca, and one, Six Mile Creek Winery is within the city limits.

Uncork New York
Encyclopedic site for visiting wineries in New York State.

Cayuga Wine Trail

Seneca Lake Wine Trail 

Historic Sites and Local Attractions

Cooperstown, NY – 2 hours from Ithaca
Lovely old town for walking and relaxing.


Corning, NY -1.5 hours from Ithaca


Seneca Falls, NY - 45 minutes from Ithaca
Epicenter of women’s rights movement.


Auburn, NY – 30 minutes from Ithaca


Watkins Glen, NY – 45 minutes from Ithaca


Upstate City and Town Getaways

Skaneatles, NY – 45 minutes from Ithaca
Small spa town on pristine Skaneateles Lake.

Syracuse, NY – 1 hour from Ithaca


Rochester, NY – 2 hours from Ithaca


  • Rochester Zoo
    2222 St. Paul Street
    Rochester, NY 14621
    (585) 336-7200
  • Eastman Museum
    The George Eastman House is an educational institution devoted to the history of photography and motion pictures.
  • Outlet Shopping
    Waterloo Premium Outlets is on the way to Rochester or Seneca Falls and about an hour north of Ithaca on Cayuga Lake.
  • Rochester Area Malls
    There are numerous large malls around the Rochester area.

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Weekend Getaways

  • Washington D.C.
    An easy six hour drive from Ithaca.
  • Boston
    Five hours from Ithaca.
  • New York City
    Four hour drive from Ithaca. Frequent bus service via Shortline.
  • Toronto
    Different money, but the same language. In Toronto, it’s possible to see the latest Broadway show at a fraction of the NYC price, eat at fabulous restaurants, and experience the many cultural attractions of this Canadian city.
  • Philadelphia
    A mix of historic and innovative, Philadelphia is approximately four hours away.
  • Montreal
    Montreal is a favorite weekend getaway where visitors can indulge good wine, cheese, and the French language.
  • Niagara Falls
    Hotels are available on either the American or the Canadian sides. Bring a raincoat or poncho though, the Falls can get quite misty.

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