About the Region

One of the largest tourism regions in the state, New York’s Finger Lakes covers 9,000 square miles from the southern shore of Lake Ontario to the Pennsylvania border and encompasses 11 parallel lakes spanning the center of New York State like a giant handprint. The most popular lakes located in the Finger Lakes region are: Canandaigua, Cayuga, Conesus, Owasco, Otisco, Honeoye, Keuka, Seneca and Skaneateles. Although each has a name of its own, these thin glacial lakes are most often referred to as a group: the Finger Lakes.

This region includes two other famous waterways as well—the historic Erie Canal and Lake Ontario, one of America’s five, fresh-water Great Lakes—plus plenty of navigable rivers and more than 1,000 waterfalls.

From stunning scenery and important historic sites to fertile farmlands and world-class museums, from hundreds of charming villages to exciting urban centers in Rochester and Syracuse, the variety of experiences visitors can enjoy throughout the region is impressive. It is home to more than 100 wineries while offering four-season recreational activities of every description. By car or boat, whether biking or hiking:  visitors soon discover that New York’s Finger Lakes can offer the perfect road trip experience and that it is truly “Splendid from Any Direction!