Best of the Finger Lakes Region

    The Finger Lakes region of upstate New York is a scenic and historic destination, offering a multitude of recreational opportunities in a fairly compact area. We traveled through this region several times as part of a “waterfalls trip” with children and grand-children. For New Englanders or New Yorkers, the area provides an interesting and captivating departure from the norm without the long drives necessary to sample America’s national parks.

     Our favorite destination in the Finger Lakes is Watkins Glen State Park. Here visitors can walk along a lovely stream which has cut a gorge through the rocks. There are numerous waterfalls and beautiful scenery.

Watkins Glen State Park

 In the evenings, during the summer months, the park offers a multi-media presentation in the gorge which describes the geological and historical events which shaped this area. The show is called “Timespell” and is a must-see while in the Finger Lakes.

     Other state parks in the region also feature waterfalls. For instance, Letchworth State Park is centered on the gorge cut by the Genessee River.

Letchworth State Park

    Buttermilk Falls State Park was another stop on our itinerary.

Buttermilk Falls

  Robert Treman State Park offers a different-looking waterfall.

Robert Treman State Park

   Our favorite village in the Finger Lakes Region is Corning, location of the glass company of the same name. The Museum of Glass located here is top-notch and worth a few hours of the tourist’s time.

Museum of Glass


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