An 8-Day road trip from Buffalo, NY, with all the best that western New York has to offer!
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A Western NY Road Trip
Let me just start off by saying that western New York is not New York City (seriously… we’re sensitive about this)!
And while NYC does have a lot to offer, the rest of the state does too.
As a western NY native, I’ve put together the best itinerary for an 8-day road trip from Buffalo through all that western NY has to offer. This itinerary includes everything you’ll need, from where to stay, to what to eat, to what to do.
In case you’re not convinced that this area is worth visiting, let me just throw this out there:
Why western NY is worth visiting:
Amazing fall foliage
Best (and oldest) state parks in the country
Cool people live(d) here (like me!) (and actual famous people)
Are you convinced (if not, just scroll through some of the pictures below and you will be)?
So let’s get ready. We’re about to embark on the absolute best road trip from Buffalo through western NY!
About Western NY
What is Considered Western New York?
This is actually pretty confusing. I was Googling it just to see if everything I list here in this article technically falls into “western NY,” and I couldn’t find a straight answer.
I’ll let you peruse the Wikipedia rundown of western NY if you want, but at the end of the day, I consider basically anything west of Rochester to be western NY.
Which means this itinerary does slightly cross the borders of known territory, into the great unknown of the Finger Lakes Region… But for all intensive purposes, we can consider the western Finger Lakes to be part of our western NY road trip.
What is Western NY Known For?
That pretty much sums it up…
But wait! There’s so much more here! Because of all the lakes, the area is ideal for growing grapes, and you will find a lot of vineyards along Lakes Erie and Ontario, as well as the Finger Lakes (FLX) region. Also, did I mention Wegmans???
Many of the places we are going to stop on our road trip from Buffalo are famous for reasons you probably don’t even know (so keep reading to find out!).
The Best Time of Year to Visit
Every season has its perks, but the best time of year to visit western NY is the fall.
September and October are the best months to come. Kids will be back to school, but the weather is still (relatively) warm, the leaves are starting to change and all of the fall activities are in full swing.
Come in September for the best chance of warm weather.
Come in mid-October for the best fall foliage.
If you’re coming for the outdoor activities, especially Niagara Falls, you really can’t beat the summer weather though.
Or come in the winter for skiing or tubing. If you’re lucky, it can look like a magical winter wonderland! If you’re unlucky… you might get snowed in in Buffalo and have to stay a few more days…
I would just say to pretty much skip all of January-March. It’s just clouds and slush and cold… Actually, April too. The best time of year to road trip through western NY would be between May-October.
Road Trip Route
This 8-day road trip route goes from Buffalo south to Jamestown, and then east across the state to the FLX and Rochester before returning to Buffalo. It covers approximately 475 miles!
Fly into Buffalo
For day 1, we’re going to fly into the Buffalo Niagara International Airport. It’s a very small airport, but to me, it’s home (I also happen to know two of the crazy Bills fans pictured on the wall!). Another perk of such a small airport is that it’s rather difficult to get lost in!
Pick up a rental car at the airport.
Why is it Called Buffalo?
The city of Buffalo was named after the river that flowed through it, Buffalo Creek (now Buffalo River). There is much debate over how the river got the name “Buffalo.”
Check out this article by the Buffalo History Museum if you would like to learn all the theories and pick a side in the great debate!
Be sure to look out for the many buffalo statues hanging around town!
Where to Stay in Buffalo
We will be staying in Buffalo for 2 nights.
Buffalo Marriott Harborcenter-Just across from Canalside in downtown Buffalo and within walking distance of many great restaurants and activities. It is a great location to base yourself in for exploring the city of Buffalo.
Red Coach Inn-If you want to stay in Niagara Falls, instead of Buffalo, this is the iconic place to stay. The Tudor style hotel has been welcoming guests of the falls for a hundred years (including the entire Scranton branch of Dunder Mifflin)! It is right on the edge of the state park, so you can easily walk from your hotel to the falls.
Things to Do in Buffalo
Hopefully you have some time after your flight lands to be able to experience the city a little. If not, you can always add another day in Buffalo either at the beginning or end of your trip.
Here are some great things to do in Buffalo:
Visit Canalside-ride the carousel, take a boat ride, go kayaking by an abandoned factory, tour the naval ship, walk along the water, get something to eat, and more!
Visit the Albright-Knox Museum.
Head across the street to Delaware Park and rent a flamingo paddle boat on Hoyt Lake (because obviously you only look cool in a paddle boat if it’s shaped like a flamingo…).
Explore the Erie Canal (either above ground or below!) at Lockport Locks and Lockport Cave.
Shop local along the Elmwood Ave strip.
Catch a show at the beautiful Shea’s Performing Arts Center.
What to Eat in Buffalo:
Buffalo Wings. Obviously.
Anchor Bar-the original
Duff’s-my friends’ (who are locals) favorite
Bar-Bill Tavern-Josh Allen’s favorite
Beef on Weck-an iconic western NY dish. You can find it on pretty much any menu.
Day 2-Niagara Falls & North Tonawanda
I’m sorry… North Tona-what-now?
I’m sure you’ve heard of Niagara Falls. I’m also pretty sure you haven’t heard of North Tonawanda. Don’t worry. We’ll get to that.
But first, breakfast.
Start with Breakfast
5 Points Bakery-For the hipster who wants a unique slice of toast on some homemade artisan bread.
Paula’s Donuts-For the donut lovers out there (let me see your hands…!). Paula’s is so popular they have four locations throughout the Buffalo area. Be sure to ask about their special made to order donuts, like cannoli or cookie-dough filled.
Peace, Love & Little Donuts-Also for the donut lovers out there… (you can’t have too many donuts!). This small chain is from Pittsburgh, PA, but they have a store in Buffalo. They have so many different toppings to try, and the best part is (because they’re small!) you can try a whole bunch of them!
It’s about a 30 min. drive from downtown Buffalo to Niagara Falls State Park (For the record, if you don’t want to pay the toll to cut across Grand Island, just hit the “avoid tolls” route and it will only add about a minute onto your trip).
Niagara Falls is the oldest state park in the country! It was established as a reservation in 1885, the first of several reservations acknowledged by the state. Eventually these reservations became known as state parks, and the NYS park system was born.
Over 3,000 tons of water flow over Niagara Falls every second! Though it is not the world’s tallest waterfall, it is certainly one of the largest in terms of sheer volume.
Check out my article about Niagara Falls for absolutely everything you need to know about visiting!
Don’t forget, you can easily walk across the bridge to Canada, so bring your passport!
Here’s a video of the walk across the Rainbow Bridge to Canada:
Where to Eat in Niagara Falls
Tim Hortons-Can’t visit Canada and not get Tim Hortons…
Pack a picnic! If the weather is good, those no better place to eat in Niagara Falls than a picnic in the park.
Top of the Falls Restaurant-located near Terrapin Point on the US side of Niagara Falls. It is only opened during the regular tourist season (generally May-October).
Anchor Bar-If you’re going to Anchor Bar, you should probably go to the original location. But there is a location in Niagara Falls as well.
Clifton Hill-Area in Canada, as soon as you cross over the Rainbow Bridge, absolutely filled with everything touristy, including lots of restaurants (and yummy smells!).
In the afternoon, we’ll head over to North Tonawanda, a small town between Niagara Falls and Buffalo.
There is not a whole lot to do in North Tonawanda, but the downtown area is super cute, and it is here that you will find one of our favorite restaurants, and a very unique museum!
Herschell Carrousel Factory Museum-This small museum showcases how carrousel animals were sculpted, painted and put together, and houses the only working Wurlitzer Music Roll equipment in existence (and use!) today. Be sure to end your visit with a ride on the 1916 carrousel.
Dwyer’s Irish Pub-Their burgers are as big as your face for as little as $11. And that’s no exaggeration! Plus, the burgers are DELICIOUS!
Day 3-The National Comedy Center
Drive to Jamestown
This morning we will drive an hour and a half to Jamestown, NY, the birthplace of comedy (technically—the birthplace of Lucille Ball. Which also gives us claim to the birthplace of comedy).
Jamestown is a small city of about 30,000 people. It also happens to be the birthplace of… me!
There is a small toll on Interstate 90 from Buffalo to Jamestown. You can pay this either with an E-ZPass or you will get a bill in the mail.
What is Jamestown Known For?
Jamestown is actually known for a lot of things (surprising, since you probably don’t know it!).
Furniture-it was once the “furniture capital of the world.” Seriously. The WORLD.
Robert H. Jackson-the lawyer from Jamestown who presided over the Nuremberg War Trials. He also served on the Supreme Court during Brown v. Board. Possibly the best thing Jamestown’s ever produced.
10,000 Maniacs-they sing that one song.
Roger Tory Peterson-he liked nature. And birds. In other words, he’s the “father of the modern field guide.”
Lucy! (and comedy)
Scary Lucy-that statue that went viral. Yeah, you can see it here.
Where to Stay in Jamestown
Double Tree by Hilton-The fancy place to stay right downtown. It’s perfectly convenient, has a nice restaurant, and I’ve heard nothing but good things about staying here. It’s just gonna cost a bit.
The Harbour Hotel-The most expensive, but absolutely beautiful place to stay, right on the lake. You can look out on the park in Celeron and imagine what it was like when Lucille Ball worked at a hot dog stand at the Celeron Amusement Park.
Holiday Inn Express-Just off the highway, this hotel is outside of the downtown area, but being a small town, is really not that far from anything.
The National Comedy Center
Personally, I think Jamestown has a lot to offer! So much history, beautiful downtown facades, lots of local stores… But let’s be real, the main attraction here is the National Comedy Center. It is by far one of the most entertaining museums I’ve ever been to!
Check out their events page and maybe plan your trip around the annual Lucy Fest, or catch a free outdoor movie night in the summer.
Check out my article about visiting the National Comedy Center for all the information you need!
Other Things to Do in Jamestown
Visit all the “Lucy” sites! Tour the Lucy-Desi Museum and get a duel admission ticket with the Comedy Center to save money! Find the “Scary Lucy” statue (and the pretty one!), visit Lucy’s grave, and find ALL the Lucy murals.
Check out our other museums: Learn a unique side of history at the Robert H. Jackson Center, explore the walking trails and the nature inspired art exhibits at the Roger Tory Peterson Institute, or tour an old mansion at the Fenton History Center.
Spend a night on the town at the historic Reg Lenna theater.
Go ice skating, watch a hockey game, or ride the ice bumper cars at Northwest Arena.
Explore the grounds, attend a lecture, or catch a concert at the famous Chautauqua Institution.
Where to Eat in Jamestown
These are some of the best local places to eat right in downtown. You can also check out my full list of all the great places to eat in Jamestown.
Crown St. Roasting Co.-Good for breakfast or lunch. Or just coffee. Also, just to clarify, this shop is on Third Street, NOT Crown Street!
Pace’s Pizzeria-Delicious local pizza shop right downtown.
Sauce-Also serving pizza (try the Butcher!). And spaghetti. And endless reruns of The Godfather. Beware their opening hours are very limited!
Labyrinth Press Co. & Brazil Lounge-For the vegans, the entrepreneurs, the cool kids, or my mom (yes, she likes hanging out here), they have a funky coffee shop and a wine lounge on one of the prettiest streets in town.
El Jarocho-One of many Mexican restaurants around, but I’ll list this one specifically here because it is conveniently located right downtown.
Day 4-Sprague's & Letchworth
This is best done in the fall, but would be good anytime of year.
Sprague’s Maple Farms is THE PLACE to get maple syrup! It’s an entire destination in itself.
And Letchworth State Park is the number state park in the country. So there’s that.
Drive to Olean
It’s just over an hour drive (no tolls!) from Jamestown to Sprague’s Maple Farms in Portville, NY (near Olean). If you want, take some time to explore the cute downtown area of Olean, and look around for all of the squirell statues.
Brunch at Sprague’s Maple Farms
We usually like to go for brunch on our way to Letchworth. They are famous for their maple syrup, but they also have a lunch and dinner menu, in addition to their popular breakfast menu.
When you arrive (no matter what time), there will probably be a line to wait in inside (especially if it’s a weekend). Don’t worry; the line will move quickly. While you’re waiting in line, you might even get to try a sample of their sweet maple popcorn.
Sprague’s is really a destination for the whole family. They have animatronic animals that pop up every once in a while during the meal. They have (real) animals outside on the grounds that you can visit. They have a playground and walking trails up to the sugar shack.
They also have seasonal activities. If you visit on a weekend during the fall, you can get a wagon ride up to the sugar shack, where they’ll be handing out free apple cider, apple cider chardonnay, and donuts (I do love donuts!).
Be sure to stop in the gift shop before you leave (actually you have to… to pay your bill #exitthroughthegiftshop) to pick up some maple syrup or maple sugar candy to take home.
Drive to Letchworth State Park
It’s another hour from Sprague’s onto Letchworth State Park.
There are 6 entrances to Letchworth. Coming from Sprague’s, you’ll be going to the Portageville entrance. If this entrance is temporarily closed, just follow the signs a little further up and to the right for the Castile entrance.
Letchworth is in the middle of nowhere, so there will not be a lot around. You can stay either in the bustling city (AKA tiny village) of Houghton, 15 minutes outside of the park, or you can splurge and stay at the beautiful inn on the grounds (if it’s in season).
The park is open all year round, but you will have to pay a $10 entrance fee if you come May-October between 9am-6pm. You can pay with either cash or credit card.
Please, please, please try to avoid coming on a weekend in the fall! It will be SO crowded!!! But that being said, Letchworth is absolutely beautiful and breathtaking, no matter the time of year, or even the number of crowds.
Check out my article all about Letchworth State Park for everything you need to know about visiting.
Things to Do in Letchworth
Walk/ride on the hiking/biking trails.
Go waterfall chasing.
Be brave and try white water rafting down the Genesee River.
Spend a night camping in the park.
Visit the museum or the nature center.
Take an early morning or late afternoon hot air balloon ride over the gorge!
Just enjoy the views!
Where to Stay
The Inn at Houghton Creek-This cozy hotel is in Houghton, NY, just outside the entrance to Houghton College. It is very affordable, and located close to Letchworth State Park.
Glen Iris Inn-This beautiful inn is right in the heart of Letchworth State Park. It is open seasonally, from May-October. They also have several guest houses you can rent and a second lodge.
Where to Eat
Letchworth Pines-They have pizza, burgers, and daily specials including Mexican Mondays and Fish Fry Fridays. They even have live music, an arcade, and bowling.
3 Bums Pizza-Don’t expect anything fancy here. The stark white walls make no difference, however, when you have a hankering for hot cheesy goodness. You will find delicious pizza and subs here, just across the street from Houghton College. Eat in or take out.
Ace’s Country Cupboard-A good old-fashioned country restaurant. Nothing fancy, but good, classic comfort food. If you are staying at the inn in Houghton, it’s just 15 minutes from there (which is as close as anything you’ll find to Houghton).
Caroline’s-The restaurant at the Glen Iris Inn in Letchworth State Park. It’s not cheap, but it is convenient and a nice experience to eat right in the park. Note that the inn and the restaurant are only open seasonally.
Day 5-Corning Museum of Glass
Drive to Corning
This morning we will drive an hour and fifteen minutes from Houghton to Corning, NY. There are no tolls on this drive.
What is Corning Known For?
Glass-First and foremost, Corning is known for glass. The Brooklyn Flint Glass Company moved from the NYC area to Corning, NY in 1868, and, after collaborating with Thomas Edison (yes, THAT Thomas Edison) on making glass light bulbs, became a leader in glass technology, while Corning became a hub for glass companies, thus earning the nickname “the Crystal City.”
Read more of the history of glass works in Corning.
Cute downtown-Corning holds the distinction of having one of the “Top 10 Great Streets of the Year” (Market St.) by the American Planning Association in 2013 and numerous accolades for Centerway Square as one of “America’s most beautiful town squares.” In fact, they even have voting open for the square in USA Today’s 2023 contest as I write this!
Where to Stay in Corning
Radisson-The beautiful Radisson hotel is right downtown in the Gaffer District, so you can easily walk out your door to the cute shopping/dining area. You can get a shuttle from the Gaffer District to CMoG, or walk from here to the museum.
Hilton Garden Inn-Just across from CMoG and close to all the downtown attractions is the Hilton Garden Inn in Corning.
Lodging at the Gaffer Inn-For a truly unique stay, this local hotel is housed above one of the local restaurants in the downtown Gaffer District.
Quality Inn-For a simple, affordable stay, this hotel is just a few minutes drive from the museum and the Gaffer District. This is where we stayed when we visited.
Corning Museum of Glass
I’ve known about Corning Museum of Glass (CMoG) pretty much my whole life, but as a kid (or a “wanna-be cool” teenager) I didn’t see the allure in a museum of glass objects. Luckily they put a giant Cinderella looking glass pumpkin (well, a picture of one) on a billboard on I-86. And I was hooked.
So we went to the museum to make said pumpkins, and wouldn’t you know it, glass is freakin’ cool! They have several different galleries, so you will see glass objects from ancient Egypt, amaaaazing paper weights, sciency glass, and some pretty funky modern art sculptures.
Be sure to check out their seasonal offerings in the make your own glass classes.
Read my article to learn everything you need to know about visiting Corning Museum of Glass.
Or just look at allll the pretty pictures of glass.
Other Things to Do in Corning
Eat, shop, and explore local in the “Gaffer District.”
Try everything on the Chocolate Trail (it’s not all just eating chocolate)!
Visit The Rockwell Museum, the only Smithsonian affiliate in upstate NY. You’ll know it when you see the giant buffalo breaking out of the building (trust me, this will eventually make sense).
Where to Eat in Corning
There are tons of restaurants to choose from in the Gaffer District, so just stroll up and down the streets, maybe follow your nose a bit, and choose one.
Here are a few good options, if you need some help choosing:
The Cellar-It’s a little fancy, a little pricey, but they bring you a little tabletop campfire for their homemade s’mores (yes, even the graham crackers are homemade!), so how can you top that?
Mooney’s-Home of the mac ‘n cheese! Just try to enter by the people door, and not the leprechaun door… This is where we ate. They have 8 locations all across upstate NY (and a lot near Buffalo, if you want MORE mac ‘n cheese).
Burgers and Beer of Corning-This is the restaurant that the Gaffer Inn is above, so if you’re staying there, it’s a pretty easy commute to dinner (although do take some time to explore the rest of the downtown area).
Day 6-Watkins Glen & the Finger Lakes
Drive to Watkins Glen
It’s only a half hour drive from Corning to the tiny village of Watkins Glen, NY.
What is Watkins Glen Known For?
Racing-In 1948 Watkins Glen hosted an amateur race through the roads around town. The event grew in popularity, and ultimately became the Watkins Glen International race. You can plan your visit around a racing event, or stop by the International Motor Racing Research Center while you’re in town.
Watkins Glen State Park-This magical park is the reason we’re stopping in this town of 1800 people. It absolutely looks like something out of Lord of the Rings. And even though Letchworth claimed the #1 spot for the best state park in the country, this one comes in at a respectable #3!
Watkins Glen State Park
Like Letchworth, you will have to pay a $10 entrance fee at Watkins Glen State Park in May through October (though the park is open all year). Unlike Letchworth, this fee is collected at all hours, even if you come for sunrise.
The main attraction here is a hike through the gorge trail. The stunning walk will take you up approximately 500 ft. over the 1.5 mile trail. The problem if you only have one car with you, is that you either have to hike it both ways, or be visiting when the shuttles are running.
The shuttles run every weekend in May & June, and Sept. & Oct.
The shuttles run daily from the 4th of July-Labor Day.
If the shuttle is not running, it’s a good idea to park at the bottom of the trail. That way you can hike uphill while you are fresh and energetic, and then downhill for the return journey.
The lower parking lot is at the main entrance for the park.
The trail ends at the upper entrance parking lot.
Other Nearby Waterfalls
If you want, make a stop at some of these other nearby waterfalls too!
Aunt Sarah’s Falls
Eagle Cliff Falls
Where to Eat in Watkins Glen
A picnic is always a good idea, but if you’re looking for something unique and local (or just need some food for your picnic) be sure to stop at the World’s Smallest Diner.
Optional Pit Stop in Penn Yan
From Watkin’s Glen, you can head straight up Route 14 along the beautiful Seneca Lake, or you can take a slight detour toward Keuka Lake and Penn Yan.
It’s slightly out of the way, but what would a road trip be without a detour to see the world’s largest pancake griddle?
A trip to Penn Yan will add 15 minutes to your 40 minute drive this afternoon. It will also cut out half of the scenic drive along the lake, so it’s up to you if it’s worth it or not.
Here are a few things to do in Penn Yan:
Take a picture of the world’s largest pancake griddle.
Picnic on the lake at Red Jacket Park.
Explore the cute downtown and find a local restaurant for lunch.
Get lunch, or just a tasty treat at Oak Hill Bulk Foods.
If it’s in season, grab ice cream (or a flight of ice cream!) at the Spotted Duck Creamery.
Drive to Geneva
Geneva, NY is the heart of the Finger Lakes region (FLX), and is one of my favorite places in the world! It’s a 40 minute drive along the beautiful (and trout filled!) Seneca Lake from Watkins Glen, or 24 minutes from Penn Yan (also along the lake).
What is Geneva Known For?
Wineries-The FLX region is overflowing with wineries, and you will pass several (with some great views) on the way into Geneva. The hills and lakes of the area create ideal conditions for growing grapes, and led to the FLX being named the top wine region in USA Today in 2018.
Fishing-Seneca Lake (with Geneva at the northern end and Watkins Glen at the south) is known as the Trout Capital of the World! Every year they host the National Lake Trout Derby. You can participate from any part of the almost 40 mile lake.
Where to Stay in Geneva
41 Lakefront Hotel-It’s a little expensive, but you can’t beat the location, right on the lake!
Geneva on the Lake-It’s a lot expensive, but if there was ever somewhere to splurge, this might be it…
Belhurst Castle-Possibly the most expensivest… but it’s a castle!
There are a lot of great Airbnbs in the area. My personal pick is this one.
Things to Do in Geneva
Start at the FLX Welcome Center. Find local wares, buy t-shirts that look like they have claw marks (it’s actually a drawing of the Finger Lakes…), and enjoy a bowl of ice cream by the lake.
Enjoy the lake! Walk around the park, rent a boat, or find a bench on the hill overlooking the lake to just relax.
Visit a winery (or two!). Or just get yourself some wine flavored ice cream (at the stand by the lake).
Relax and have a spa day at Belhurst Castle.
Tour the historic Rose Hill Mansion.
End your day with a show (or event) at the Smith Opera House.
Where to Eat in Geneva
I’m always touting a picnic in the park, but you really just can’t go wrong on a sunny day with a beautiful lake next to you (and a stand selling wine flavored ice cream).
Monaco’s Coffee-Cute little coffee shop downtown. Perfect to start your day.
Geneva Gelato-This cute cafe is part coffee shop, part ice cream parlour. And everyone raves about their ice cream (gelato).
Kindred Fare-A locally sourced, popular dinner spot.
F.L.X. Table-A unique dining experience, this restaurant believes in eating food together. The chef prepares a meal for 14-16 guests, right in front of them. Be sure to make reservations.
Belhurst Castle-They have two beautiful restaurants, both rather pricey (but one less so than the other), and a great way to see and experience the castle without the cost of staying at the castle!
Drive to Rochester
It’s about a 45 min. drive from Geneva to Rochester.
You will be on I-90 for part of the drive, and will have to pay a small toll.
What is Rochester Known For?
Kodak-Rochester is the home to the Eastman Kodak Company. It was one of the most popular camera and film development companies, and is still in existence today.
Lilacs-Rochester has North America’s “largest collection of lilacs.” In otherwords, they have the most lilac bushes all in one place. Visit in May for the annual Lilac Festival.
Wegmans-Ok, so if you haven’t visited a Wegmans yet during your road trip through western NY, now is the time to do it (though feel free to visit multiple times on your trip)! Started by John Wegman in 1916 as the “Rochester Fruit & Vegetable Company,” the grocery chain now has over 100 stores in the northeast. And apparently they get calls every day to open more (come for a visit and you’ll start calling them to put in a store near you!).
Where to Stay in Rochester
Although it’s a bit more expensive, I would suggest staying at one of these hotels in downtown Rochester. We chose to stay at a more budget-friendly hotel near the airport, and had to keep driving back and forth into the city. It’s much nicer just to stay in the city.
Courtyard by Marriott-This is the perfect place to stay right downtown, and close to everything.
The Strathallan-If you’re looking for something a little more fancy, this boutique hotel is also right in downtown and pretty close to everything you’ll want to see.
Strong National Museum of Play
The Strong National Museum of Play is my number one thing to do in Rochester, and the main reason we’re stopping here! It began from the private collection of toys (hey, I still have some of my old toys too!) of philanthropist Margaret Woodbury Strong. The museum is now focused on the history of play, and I can attest that it is a great place to have fun for adults, as well as kids!
Read my article about visiting the Museum of Play, and the best parts for families with kids, and adults without kids!
Other Things to Do in Rochester
Eastman Museum-The world’s oldest photography museum, housed on the estate of George Eastman.
Susan B. Anthony House & Museum-Home of the famous women’s rights leader.
Rochester Museum & Science Center-Another fun museum to visit in the city of Rochester.
Where to Eat in Rochester
Dinosaur BBQ-Our local friends took us here when we came to visit. It was delicious, and very close to the Museum of Play.
Wegmans-They have a cafe area with pizza, subs, sushi, a coffee shop, a salad bar, and SO many options of prepared food that you can take and heat up right in their microwave right there! Or you can just go shopping, because it is a grocery store, after all. Wegmans is the BEST.
Breakfast-I’m always on the lookout for the best donuts on my travels, so I have a few recommendations for Rochester: Boxcar Donuts & Donuts Delite. Check out this blog for reviews of all the fun local places to eat breakfast in Rochester!
Day 8-Back to Buffalo
For the final day of the trip, it is time to travel back to Buffalo. If you would like to spend more time in Buffalo, feel free to stay another night in the area.
Otherwise, you can fly out of Buffalo this afternoon. It is just over an hour drive from Rochester to the Buffalo Airport, where you can return your rental car and hop on your flight home (again…unless it’s winter. And you got snowed in…).
If you would rather spend the night before your flight in Buffalo instead of Rochester, you will have plenty of time to visit Rochester and then drive back to Buffalo that night (Day 7).
This route has a small toll on I-90.
But First… Breakfast:
If you have time, be sure to get breakfast at one of the many fantastic breakfast locations in Rochester!
Ready to explore New York (state, not city!)?
Check out my New York State Bucket List with all sorts of ideas of things to do across the whole state!
Any more questions?
Don’t hesitate to email me any questions you might have about planning a road trip from Buffalo through western NY.
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