There is nothing more American than hitting the open road with the windows down, the music up and a cooler full of snacks in the backseat for a road trip adventure with family or friends. You may not need a map anymore with the advent of GPS, but you still need some direction when figuring out where to go. Look no further. New York’s Finger Lakes Region is arguably one of the best road trips in the country. Here are three trip ideas that will lead you on your road to adventure.
Great Lakes Seaway Trail – The 518-mile signed Great Lakes Seaway Trail National Scenic Byway runs along the southern shore of Lake Ontario through the Finger Lakes Region. One of the first roads in America to be designated a National Scenic Byway, the Great Lakes Seaway Trail features unique historical and cultural sites, outstanding views and scenic vistas, plus charming waterfront towns and villages. In Cayuga County, visit Fair Haven Beach State Park, the Sterling Renaissance Festival, Colloca Estate Winery and the quaint Village of Fair Haven. For more information visit seawaytrail.com.
Cayuga Lake Scenic Byway- This 87-mile route around Cayuga Lake forms one of the nation’s few true loop byways. It mixes wine country ambience, towering waterfall deep gorges and amazing lake views with a variety of recreational, natural and cultural attractions. The Aurora Inn and the Fargo Bar & Grill in Aurora are great places to stay and dine. The Finger Lakes Sweet Treat Trail runs along the route and features locally grown and produced items such as honey, syrups, baked goods and fruit that will make your journey particularly sweet. Stop at the Village Market in Aurora, a member of the Sweet Treat Trail and pack up your basket for a picnic at Long Point State Park, one of the prettiest stops on the Byway! For more information visit cayugalake.com.
Route 5 and 20- NYS Routes 5 and 20 is a 135-mile corridor that traverses New York State from east to west and is pretty much the perfect road trip as it has something for everyone – wine tasting, historic sites, theme parks, recreation, local culinary treats, rural landscapes, festivals and entertainment. What more could you ask for? Get off the highway and explore what really makes the Finger Lakes special – quaint towns and villages, locally owned shops, restaurants and hotels. Route 5 and 20 is real Americana at its best. For more information on Route 5 and 20 visit routes5and20.com
Don’t wait. Before the summer is over, plan at least one more road trip adventure!