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The rolling hills around these glacier-carved lakes are dotted with 9,000 acres of vineyards, 90 fine wineries, and two major cities, Syracuse and Rochester, dotted with museums. History, too. This is where George Eastman perfected early photography; his home and museum houses some of the world's greatest photo images. And where Elizabeth Cody Stanton and Amanda Bloomer, first to wear the pantaloons named for her, sparked the women's rights movement. You can get revved up with the NASCAR crowd at Watkins Glen International, take a boat ride through an Erie Canal lock or several, sail across a wind-swept lake, or just sit on a hillside with a ...

The rolling hills around these glacier-carved lakes are dotted with 9,000 acres of vineyards, 90 fine wineries, and two major cities, Syracuse and Rochester, dotted with museums. History, too. This is where George Eastman perfected early photography; his home and museum houses some of the world's greatest photo images. And where Elizabeth Cody Stanton and Amanda Bloomer, first to wear the pantaloons named for her, sparked the women's rights movement. You can get revved up with the NASCAR crowd at Watkins Glen International, take a boat ride through an Erie Canal lock or several, sail across a wind-swept lake, or just sit on a hillside with a picnic lunch and drink in the view with one of the locally made beverages, red or white, sparkling or not.

Evelyn Kanter
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Evelyn Kanter is a contributor to Fodor's NYC and Fodor's Canada, editor of the Michelin Green Guide Switzerland, and author of Great Destinations: The Hudson Valley.

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Facts at a Glance

  • Location: Upstate NY, south of Lake Ontario. The Finger Lakes area is New York's largest wine producing region. More than 100 wineries and vineyards are here, because of the lakes' great depth, the lake effect inspires the lush vineyards flanking their shores.
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  • Best Time to Visit:

    Spring, for the Lilac Festival (Rochester) and lake scenery; summer, for anything outdoors; fall, for wine harvest and brilliant foliage color.