Eco Escapes: Ithaca & Tompkins County

Summer travel season is back, but with gas prices hitting over $5 for most parts of the Empire State, it’s getting harder and harder to stay on budget. While fuel may have become more expensive, there are plenty of nearby attractions to enjoy a fuel-up from the city of Syracuse.

Spectrum News 1 has set up gas-friendly getaways in New York State for the whole family to enjoy this summer.

Our seventh stop in the series is Ithaca in Tompkins County, which can be a great place to visit, whether you’re hiking or shopping in the Commons area.

To Ithaca from Syracuse

One way: 1h, 8min / 55.6mi

At 25 mpg: 2.2 gallons of gasoline

At $5 per gallon: $11.12

Full trip: $22.24

Visit Ithaca officials said there are more restaurants per capita in Ithaca than in New York City. One option is to shop in the Ithaca Commons area and then grab a bite to eat.

You can eat before or after exercising with a hike and experience over 150 waterfalls in a 10 square mile area. Taughannock and Buttermilk Falls are a few options for you.

If you have kids, there are some cool places to see no matter the weather outside. If you’re looking for more outdoor activities, you can head to Stewart Park to rent a boat or canoe and head out on the water of Cayuga Lake.

There are also several wineries and cider houses in the Cayuga Lake area, including the commissioning of a winery tour company to guide you along the wine route.

Officials said you can also try the “Waterfall Challenge” this summer by checking in at all the waterfalls you visit and you can win small prizes.

For more gas-friendly getaways, follow the series under the “Around Syracuse” tab on the Spectrum News Central New York website.

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