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Ithaca Vacations

Ithaca, home to Cornell University, is a laid-back, attractive city; an ideal place if you're searching for an all-inclusive vacation in New York state. Located on the edge of scenic Cayuga Lake, one of the glacial Finger Lakes, the city offers a great combination of urban and rural activities.

Major Attractions

Ithaca has a plethora of natural landscapes, including spectacular gorges and waterfalls. Once you've arrived for your Ithaca vacation, head to one of the highlights of the city, Cascadilla Gorge. Organize your Ithaca car rental , and journey to nearby Cayuga Nature Center, where you'll hike trails, view woodland animals, and climb the six-story treehouse. Discover the magnificent waterfalls in Buttermilk Falls State Park, bathe at the lake beach and let the kids enjoy the playground. Johnson Museum of Art, on Cornell's campus, is a must-see for art lovers; the remarkable views of the lake and the city make it well worth a visit. As you enjoy your Ithaca package vacation, pop into some of the many art galleries and studios scattered across the city.

Festivals and Events

Fall is the most beautiful time of year to book one of the hotels in Ithaca , as that's when the trees show off their glorious orange, crimson, and yellow foliage. Also, the reflections on the water of Cayuga Lake create excellent photo opportunities. Or, visit during the end of May to see the Ithaca Festival for the grand parade and four days of music and arts celebrations. Connect with your roots at the Ithaca Celtic Festival in June, and immerse yourself in the music, crafts, and food of the people.

Browse Travelocity for deals and flight and hotel packages, whether you're celebrating the high days and holidays in Ithaca or having some time out from your busy life. Book a hotel and flight at the same time and save up to $537.

Tours and Activities in Ithaca

Sometimes, travel experiences can be so marvelous that they completely knock our socks off. They become treasured moments to reminisce about for years to come. Ready to make some brilliant new memories?

Indulging in an Ithaca Waterfalls Sightseeing Tour from New York City is a wonderful way to jump-start your Ithaca vacation.

Frequently asked questions

How much are vacation packages to Ithaca?
With a Travelocity vacation package, you could paint the town red in Ithaca for only . Activities, hotels and flights — we’ve got you covered. You’ll save tons just for combining your bookings. With all of that taken care of before you even go, you won’t have a care in the world.
How long should my Ithaca vacation be?
Generally, travelers spend 2 nights in Ithaca. However, that mightn’t be enough time for you. If your aim is to see some of the region’s off-the-beaten-path treasures, why not add a few more nights to your travel schedule?
Where can I get the best vacation package deals for Ithaca?
There are excellent Ithaca package deals to snap up with Travelocity. Did you know we partner with 400 airlines and 665,000 worldwide properties? Keep that in mind when you’re ready to tick another place off your bucket list.
Why should I purchase my Ithaca vacation bundle with Travelocity?
Whether you’re on the hunt for the ultimate unplugged vacation or you crave the hustle and bustle that only a big city can provide, booking everything with Travelocity saves you time, hassle and money. No need to sift through countless websites to find the best deal — our Price Match Guarantee ensures you’ll always get the lowest possible price, and our team of customer service experts are available round-the-clock.
Can I save on my Ithaca car rental if I book it with hotels and flights?
You most certainly can — bundle your car, hotel and flight into an Ithaca vacation package and you’ll save a ton. With so much to discover in Ithaca, having your own ride will make exploring easy. Once you’re in the driver’s seat, crank up the music and cruise toward Museum of Science and Technology, a famous sight around 47 mi from Ithaca.
What is the best time of year to go to Ithaca?
If you’d prefer to avoid pricey airfares, crowds and full hotels, arrange your trip outside of August, July, May. The quietest time to travel to Ithaca is November, January, December. You’ll find hotel rates are the highest in September and the most economical in December.
Which airport is best for Ithaca?
Syracuse, NY (SYR-Hancock Intl.) is 50 mi from the city center and is the beginning point for many exciting adventures. Alternatively, Ithaca, NY (ITH-Tompkins Regional) is 4 mi away from central Ithaca and Elmira, NY (ELM-Elmira - Corning Regional) is 28 mi away from central Ithaca.
What is there to do in Ithaca?
Cornell University should be at the top of your to-do list. After you’ve checked off this well-known attraction, simply stroll the streets of Ithaca and learn what really makes this exciting destination tick.
Where should I stay when visiting Ithaca?
After a long day of adventures in Ithaca, South Hill is a fantastic place to put your feet up and unwind. You’ll find a cozy bed and a nice warm shower at the Country Inn & Suites by Radisson, Ithaca, NY (3.0 stars) and the La Tourelle (3.5 stars).

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