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Families will love:

  • 11 glacier-carved lakes offering water fun
  • Hiking and camping in the area's state parks
  • The Erie Canal and historic sites

The perfectly picturesque Finger Lakes -- 11 elegant bodies of water cut into the center of New York State thousands of years ago by glaciers -- make for a beautiful backdrop for a family getaway.

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The perfectly picturesque Finger Lakes -- 11 elegant bodies of water cut into the center of New York State thousands of years ago by glaciers -- make for a beautiful backdrop for a family getaway.

But there's more to the Finger Lakes than the water. You'll enjoy hiking and camping in the gorgeous state parks, touring the fascinating museums, seeing major historical sites along the Erie Canal, and sampling fabulous vintages in over 100 wineries.

The Finger Lakes have been a summer vacation spot since the 19th century (when Mark Twain used to spend time in Elmira), but today they're a year-round destination, thanks to gorgeous fall foliage and excellent snowy slopes for skiing, snowboarding and other winter sports.

Regardless of the kind of vacation you have in mind -- cultural, outdoorsy, culinary or historical -- you'll what your family enjoys in the Finger Lakes.

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