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Cornell University School of Continuing Education and Summer Sessions

Ithaca and the Finger Lakes

Ithaca is located in the heart of the Finger Lakes region, one of the Northeast’s most attractive summer vacation areas.

The city of Syracuse, the Finger Lakes Wine Trail, the Watkins Glen auto racing circuit, and several centers for the performing arts are all within an hour’s drive. The Catskill Mountains and Adirondack Park are approximately three hours away, and New York City, Philadelphia, and Toronto are less than five hours away.

While in Ithaca, you can swim under a refreshing waterfall in one of the area’s stunning state parks, watch the sun set over Cayuga Lake, or stroll on the Commons, where you'll find one-of-a-kind shops, galleries, and restaurants.

Ithaca has an abundance of local stages, movie theaters, bookstores, and museums, as well as its own farmers' market, so there's plenty to do when you want to go off campus or when your friends and family come to visit. is a great source for where they can stay and where they can eat, and the Ithaca Journal and the Ithaca Times will let them know what there is to see and do.