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"Once A Year, Go Someplace You've Never Been Before."

-Dalai Lama

It never ceases to amaze us as we travel around the world how many people think that New York State is New York City, and when we say we are from western New York they ask  "Manhattan?"  The Finger Lakes are about 5 hours by car from New York City, and while it is an easy and beautiful ride, it is a bit more then a brisk walk from 5th Avenue.

Finger Lakes location map

LOCATION... now THIS is New York

GETTING THERE

Finger Lakes Highways Map

"ONE IF BY BY LAND"

The Finger Lakes can easily be reached by major US highways.  The major east-west highways are the New York State Thruway (Route 90) along the top of the state (use Exits 40, 41, 42 and 43).  Routes 86 & 17 run along the bottom of the state with exits at Corning, Elmira and Binghamton. Running north and south are routes 81 to the east and route 390 to the west. 

"TWO IF BY BY SEA"

Believe it or not the Finger Lakes region can be reached from any port in the world.  The New York State Canal System provides direct access to the two largest Finger Lakes (Seneca and Cayuga).  Town docks, marinas, state parks and other docking and service sites are available along the entire stretch of the NYS canal system.  Check out our NAUTICAL PAGE for complete details.

New York Canal System

"THREE IF BY AIR"

The Finger Lakes is served by major airports in Rochester (Greater Rochester International Airport  (ROC)),  Syracuse (Hancock International (SYR), Ithaca Thompkins Regional Airport (ITH)  and Elmira Regional Airport.  In addition, there are many private airfields throughout the region serving corporate jets and private aircraft.

Click on Airport logo for flight information

Rochester International Airport
Ithaca Tompkins Airport
Syracuse Airport
Elmira Corning Airport