Breathtaking scenery at every turn

Published: Jun 15, 2015

Gorgeous gorges, sparkling waterfalls, sun-kissed vineyards and 11 pristine lakes connecting to Great Lake Ontario-the scenery's breathtaking at every turn! Fantastic state parks, from Chimney Bluffs to Taughannock Falls, create a haven for swimming, fishing and boating as well as hiking, biking and camping. Lively cities and quaint villages offer cultural treasures and gracious hospitality.

Strong National Museum of PlayRochester's gems include the Strong National Museum of Play, George Eastman House, Seabreeze Amusement Park, and a 96-foot waterfall! Experience the 1800s at Genesee Country Village in nearby Mumford. In Syracuse, the IM Pei-designed Everson Art Museum presents American works and great performances. Don't miss the original Dinosaur Bar-B-Que for smokin' food. Destiny USA, a supersize shopping center, boasts luxury boutiques, designer outlets and family fun, from go-carts to the world's largest indoor ropes course!

Corning Museum of GlassExplore Corning's Gaffer District, where 100 shops, galleries and hot glass studios are a short stroll from art exhibits at the Rockwell Museum, and rooftop dining at Market Street Brewing Company. Watch hot glassblowing shows and discover 3,500 years of glass art at the Corning Museum of Glass.

For a breathtaking good time, ride the Nor'Easter Mountain Coaster at Greek Peak Mountain Resort's family-friendly adventure center.

Racing fans come from far and wide to see NASCAR's biggest stars at Watkins Glen International Raceway. A slower route, the picturesque Cayuga Lake Scenic Byway runs from Ithaca to the tranquil Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge.

NYS FairWine trails around Canandaigua, Cayuga, Keuka and Seneca lakes showcase premier vineyards with events like Glenora Wine Cellars' wine-pairing dinners and the Finger Lakes Wine Festival at Watkins Glen in July. Taste specialties of local dairy farms along the region's Cheese Trail. Summer fun includes Fairport Canal Days, in June beside the historic Erie Canal, and the Great New York State Fair in Syracuse in late August.

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