Explore the Finger Lakes


Catch sights of cascading waterfalls and rocky scenery as you make your way through the captivating Finger Lakes wine region.

American Experiences: Explore the Finger Lakes

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Each American Experiences trip is designed for you to craft and customize your own adventure. Pick your own date, add or remove nights, upgrade your car, reverse cities, add on activities, and more. Our team of adventure experts has curated suggestions to make your trip incredible, and our team is standing by to assist you in creating your incredible adventure.

While crafting your road trip, be assured that your package includes centrally-located hotels, a Hertz car rental, breakfast daily, free hotel WiFi, and an adventure all your own.

*Above pricing quoted is per person, land, and air from Chicago.

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Day 1: Arrive in the Finger Lakes

Welcome to the Finger Lakes! A region of New York State marked by high gorges, many with dramatic waterfalls is known for both its series of long, thin lakes, and its vineyards. Kick off your trip exploring Corning by wandering through the Gaffer District with its many boutiques and artist shops. Get cultural at the Corning Museum of Glass and be sure to visit the Contemporary Art and Design wing. For art lovers, be sure to visit the Rockwell Museum that houses a renowned collection of Western paintings.

Day 2: Seneca Lake

In the Seneca Lake area you'll find a concentration of most of the Finger Lake vineyards here, but save vino for later this afternoon. Begin the morning with some soft adventure at Watkins Glen State Park experiencing its numerous waterfalls. After, treat yourself to a wine tasting tour since the Seneca Lake Wine Trail is home to more than 30 wineries. If wine isn't your thing, enjoy a craft brewery tour and learn why this area is also perfect for unique beer making!

Day 3: Finger Lakes

Corning is not far from Elmira, the summer home of Mark Twain. Visit his favorite place to write, or another option is to head West towards Syracuse to sample the offerings of Cayuga Lake. Hiking, mountain biking and horseback riding are all available.

Day 4: Corning

Today, explore the beautiful Finger Lakes region however you want! Take your time strolling around Cornell University's beautiful campus grounds in nearby Ithaca, or take to the skies in a hot air balloon ride over the stunning landscape. Looking for something other than wine? Check out the many cideries in the area!

Day 5: Farewell

Today you journey home. Finish up with last minute stops and enjoy the scenery along the way, or get up close and personal with an alpaca at a local farm and pick up some unique alpaca gifts to remember your New York adventure.

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Seneca Lake Wine Tasting & Tour

Explore the scenic Finger Lakes region of New York during a half-day or full-day wine tour and tasting with an expert guide. Travel the Seneca Lake Wine Trail, home to over 30 wineries, and experience its history, beauty, and world-class wines. Your tour includes four or five winery visits, wine tastings, and transportation. Plus, upgrade to visit an extra winery with lunch included.
$135 per person

Farms, Flights: Finger Lakes Brewery Tour

Doing the rounds of Finger Lakes craft breweries in a day is near-impossible using public transport. This tour eliminates the hassle, with air-conditioned transport to, and tastings at, four Seneca and Keuka Lake hop farms. Learn why the area is perfect for beer-making, and at each brewery, enjoy farm-fresh tasting flights and behind-the-scenes looks at beer production. Upgrade to add a fifth brewery and a restaurant lunch with a beer.
$141 per person

Canandaigua Wine Trail Experience

Follow the Canandaigua Wine Trail on a half- or full-day guided tour of the Finger Lakes’ wineries, vineyards, and tasting rooms. This wine trail experience includes tastings at four or five vineyards, and the full-day tour features a bistro-style lunch at the New York Wine and Culinary Center.
$110 per person

Alpaca Encounter

Get up close and personal with one of the most unique and adorable livestock breeds around! Shop for unique alpaca gifts!
$16 per person

Corning Museum of Glass Admission Ticket

See the world’s most complete collection of glass objects at the Corning Museum of Glass. Your admission ticket, valid for two consecutive days, grants you access to 50,000 pieces on display in about a dozen galleries. Witness an expert create a work of art at a glassblowing demo; marvel at the history of glass works from Ancient Rome to Colonial America; peruse a variety of intriguing exhibits such as Glass in Nature and Paperweights.
$20 per person

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