Weekend Trip

Arriving Friday evening? Spend the night in Elmira, approximately 25 miles from Watkins Glen, so you can tour the town's historical sites the next day. Alternatively, Corning is 20 miles from Watkins Glen, then a little over 15 miles to Elmira.

► Hit the lush campus of Elmira College and learn about Mark Twain's Study, then stop by the memorabilia exhibit in Cowles Hall and the family gravesite in nearby Woodlawn Cemetery. (2 hours)

► Kill two birds with one stone by pairing lunch and a tasting at a Seneca Lake winery that has a restaurant. (2.5 hours, including driving time) Here are some ideas >>

► Enjoy more of the region's agricultural bounties at a creamery or farm along Seneca Lake. Many offer samples and tours. (1 hour)

► Head back to Watkins Glen and explore the state park's 19 waterfalls, 200-foot cliffs, gorge path, and stone bridges and steps. (2 hours)


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