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The Finger Lakes

The Finger-shaped Lakes in Upstate New York are (from East to West): Conesus Lake, Hemlock Lake, Canadice Lake, Honeoye Lake, Canandaigua Lake, Keuka Lake, Seneca Lake, Cayuga Lake, Owasco Lake, Skaneateles Lake, Otisco Lake. Sometimes Oneida Lake is included, but technically is not a Finger Lake.

The Finger Lakes are a pattern of lakes in the west-central section of Upstate New York in the United States. They are a popular tourist destination. The lakes are long and narrow (resembling fingers), and are oriented roughly on a north-south axis. The two longest, Cayuga Lake and Seneca Lake, are among the deepest in America. Both are close to 40 miles (64 km) from end to end, and never more than 3.5 miles (5.6 km) wide. Cayuga is the longest (38.1 miles, 61 km) and Seneca the largest in total area. Seneca is the deepest (618 feet, 188 m), followed by Cayuga (435 feet, 133 m), with their bottoms well below sea level. These largest lakes resemble the others in shape, which collectively reminded early map-makers of human fingers. Oneida Lake is generally not considered one of the Finger Lakes, but it is sometimes called the “thumb“. – wikipedia.com

The Finger Lakes region is a tourism destination and is an ideal location for camping, family trips, hiking, biking, kayaking, boating, wedding, wine tasting, vineyard and winery tours, dining, and relaxing.

According to the Finger Lakes Tourism Alliance, the Finger Lakes includes:

  • More than 135 museums
  • More than 80 art galleries
  • More than 400 registered historic sites & landmarks
  • 14 professional theatre companies
  • 45 community theatre groups
  • 1,063 waterfalls
  • More than 100 wineries
  • 20 tour boats
  • 650 miles of shoreline
  • More than 300 bed & breakfast facilities (B&Bs)
  • At least 100 restaurants with waterside views
  • More than 50 farmers markets
  • 100 U-pick locations
  • Fairs & festivals every week
  • 26 state parks
  • A 16,036-acre national forest
  • More than 128 species of fish
  • 17-mile “Grand Canyon of the East”
  • 100 miles of the historic Erie Canal
  • More than 2,000 miles of hiking/biking trails
  • 95 public campgrounds
  • 40 nature centers
  • More than two dozen fishing derbies
  • 160 golf courses

That looks like a mighty long bucket list… :D