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Ithaca, NY: Gorge Trail, Watkins Glen State Park

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Revel in rocky cliffs and over a dozen waterfalls.

When glaciers retreated from this area, they left behind two gifts: deep lakes that moderate air temperatures, and topography that helped streams carve dramatic gorges through sandy soils and bedrock. Those conditions make for great hiking, and they also help produce the best wine in the East. Enjoy both in a day: Begin a 4.5-mile semi-loop by climbing the Gorge Trail’s 800 shale steps past (and behind) 19 waterfalls in a 400-foot-deep chasm. Turn left toward the South Rim Trail near mile 1.3; white blazes lead to beaver-inhabited Punchbowl Lake. Go .2 mile to tick off one last fall, then return via the Finger Lakes Trail. Next, drive the three miles to Lakewood Vineyards (lakewoodvineyards.com) to taste crisp, dry Riesling (the area’s specialty). (607-535-4511; nysparks.com/parks)

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