Tuesday, January 5, 2010

US20 in New York: The Finger Lakes

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One of the nicest areas in the US to which US Route 20 leads is in New York State, as US 20 passes through the Finger Lakes region. US 20 runs concurrently with New York State Route 5 in the Finger Lakes region and travels directly north of the following lakes: Canandaigua, Geneva, Cayuga, Owasco, Skaneateles, and Otisco. The Finger Lakes were formed many years ago by glaciers which first carved out the land, then their melt water helped to create the lakes. The lakes’ distinctive formation – long and narrow like fingers – makes them easy to spot on satellite imagery.

NASA aerial shot of the Finger Lakes

The Finger Lakes area is a well known vacation spot for water related recreation, and there are also plenty of things to do and see not having to do with the lakes themselves. There are many scenic places for sightseeing, camping, hiking, and picnicking, along with wineries, shopping, antiquing, and other family fun places. With many lodging choices, it’s also a perfect area for a getaway.

The area was once populated by the Iroquois, and two of the largest lakes (Seneca and Cayuga) are named after Iroquois tribes.

If you would like more information on travel to US Route 20 and the Finger Lakes, here are a few resources:


US20 Sign outside Geneva

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