The secret to what makes a great destination for solo travelers is the right mix of dynamic, accessible, and affordable experiences with a sense of safety and belonging. The ultimate solo getaway is one that feels entirely new while also feeling like you’ve found your way home. 

In 2017, Glamour Magazine identified the Finger Lakes as one of “8 U.S. Solo Travel Destinations You Probably Haven't Thought Of.” 

Small Town Charm 

There’s something about being in a place where you feel comfortable, at ease, safe. Where you don’t have to worry about making a wrong turn or ending up in the wrong part of town. Where you’re free to explore and see what’s waiting around the next corner. While still being in a place that offers an abundance of exceptional experiences.  

Hammondsport Small Town Dog Walking
Jason Barnette

Unique Hands-On Experiences 

You don’t have to be a practicing artist to experience the challenge and exhilaration of creating your own art. Throw pottery, shape glass, sip wine while you paint. Push yourself outside your comfort zone. Try something new.  

Hands-on Glass IMG_6668
Molly Cagwin Photography

World Class Art & Culture 

Whether it’s our world-class museums or intimate studios and galleries, cool art-centered events or fun opportunities to create a masterpiece with your own hands, Corning and the Southern Finger Lakes is an art-lovers dream. 

Rockwell Museum

Outdoor Adventure 

While we can’t take credit for the incredible landscape, we have figured out the best ways to enjoy it. From hikes along waterfalls or on wilderness footpaths to fun river paddles, from mountain bike trails in state parks to serene paddleboarding on Keuka Lake.   

Keuka Lake Paddle Board with Geese

Flying Solo 

Okay, we wouldn’t send you up without a pilot, but imagine getting a bird’s-eye view of the only Finger Lake not shaped like a finger. One of the few Y-shaped lakes in the world, Keuka Lake, offers stunning views. And you might even learn a little local history as well. For more information visit Finger Lakes Seaplanes.

Bob F. Knill

“The purpose of life is to live it, to taste experience to the utmost, to reach out eagerly and without fear for newer and richer experience.” – Eleanor Roosevelt