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Visiting October 8 - 12: need to book ahead?

Sydney, Australia
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Visiting October 8 - 12: need to book ahead?

We are visiting upstate NY, not yet decided exactly where, but we've heard the Finger Lakes are just gorgeous. Is this a very busy time in the area? We've heard about "leaf peeping" season, but we're from Australia and have no local knowledge. Is it advisable to book ahead if we're planning to stay in hotels at the Hampton Inn/Hilton Garden Inn level? We'd like to just wander along at our own pace, but we're big believers in TA hotel reviews and want to get hotels that rate well. Thanks in anticipation.

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1. Re: Visiting October 8 - 12: need to book ahead?

This can be a popular time of year with the fall foliage. I don't know if the hotels will sell out but you can try this. Come up with an itinerary and book the hotels. Most chains will have an 800 number and find hotels that will give you a 6PM same day cancellation. Then you can have some flexibility to make changes should something take more time or interest you more than expected.

There are many attractions in this area such as Watkins Glen State Park, Corning Glass Center, wine trail along Keuka Lake, waterfalls and wineries in Ithaca, and more. I also like Chittenango Falls State Park near Syracuse.

Anyway have a great trip and let us know how it goes.

Sydney, Australia
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2. Re: Visiting October 8 - 12: need to book ahead?

Thank you travelus73 - we have looked up chittenango - looks good. We will book ahead but note the cancellation details.

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3. Re: Visiting October 8 - 12: need to book ahead?

Hi,

I live in Corning and agree you should book ahead if possible. Some fall weekends are quite busy with foliage tourism as well as people visiting the wineries on the lakes.

4. Re: Visiting October 8 - 12: need to book ahead?

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