4 Road Trips To Take This Summer

Drivable distances from Rochester, NY.


School’s (almost) out, the sun is shining, and it’s time to hit the open road! Pack some snacks and get your car checked over because summer is a great time for a road trip.

There are so many places to check out in and around Rochester that are just a drive away. From longer vacations, kid friendly trips, and one day getaways, here is a list of places to road trip to this summer.

Thousand Islands

Roughly 3 hours from Rochester, lies Alexandria Bay in the heart of the Thousand Islands. Made up of 1,860 islands, the Thousand Island region is located directly on the St. Lawrence Seaway, making it ideal for boating, camping, fishing and others sports.

Rent a cottage, set up camp, or stay at one of the area’s hotels or resorts. With watersport rentals, museums, wineries, and boat tours, the Thousand Island region will keep the whole family busy.

Don’t miss: Boldt Castle.


Closer than New York City, Toronto has the buzz of a big city while still being manageable (and perfect for a weekend getaway!)

Toronto has something for everyone, whether it’s shopping Eaton Centre, visiting the animals at the Toronto Zoo, seeing the Stanley Cup at the Hockey Hall of Fame, or visiting North America’s only castle, Casa Loma.

Don’t miss: CN Tower + Edgewalk

Jersey Shore

The Jersey Shore has 127 miles of sandy beaches perfect for sunbathing, walks, and swimming. (Be warned that the Atlantic Ocean usually doesn’t warm up until late summer!)

Start in Asbury Park, NJ which has a boardwalk and a thriving music scene. Then head to Long Beach Island, a barrier island known for it’s long, wide beaches. If the kid’s are in tow, be sure to stop in Ocean City, NJ which has a boardwalk with family fun nights, as well as mini golf courses, amusement parks and water parks. You can end your vacation here, or head to the quaint town of Cape May, the last stop on the Jersey Shore. Cape May has beaches, of course, but make sure you take a stroll through town to see the Victorian architecture.

Don’t miss: the area’s iconic boardwalks

Finger Lakes

With rolling hills, pristine lakes, and an abundance of wineries, the Finger Lakes make the perfect romantic getaway. Your first decision is what lake to explore. The most popular are Canandaigua, Keuka, Seneca, and Cayuga.

If you decide on Canandaigua Lake, be sure to check out the wine trail and the New York Wine and Culinary Center for a tasting, cooking class, or a meal on the lake.

If Keuka Lake gets your vote, try to time your visit to one of Ravines Wine Cellars live music tasting, but Heron Hill and Keuka Spring are other wineries worth exploring. Stop in the small town of Hammonsport and walk around the town square and have dinner at a local restaurant.

Seneca Lake is home to Watkins Glen and it’s famous racetrack, as well as popular hiking locations in Watkins Glen State Park. Every Memorial Day weekend the National Lake Trout Derby is held in Geneva. Can’t make that? The lake offers trout fishing year round.

Cayuga Lake is the farthest from Rochester. At it’s southern end is Ithaca, NY home of Cornell University and Ithaca College. The town offers great restaurants in and around the newly renovated Commons. You can’t come to Ithaca and not get a glimpse at the town’s famous gorges. Take a drive through Cornell University, or hike through Buttermilk Falls State Park or Taughannock Falls State Park.

Don’t miss: one of the many wineries that line the lakes.

Before you head out on the open road, it’s a good idea to check tire pressures and fluid levels. Have questions? Visit brotherscollision.com or call (585) 865-5260.