ITHACA, N.Y. – Results from a survey released this week showed that Ithaca landed among top destinations for family road trips in the U.S., highlighting restaurants, state parks and other scenery among the area’s main attractions.

The survey, organized by, questioned 1,000 U.S. citizens about their favorite destinations to hit while planning a road trip. Results showed that nearly 70 percent of people surveyed preferred to travel with family members.

Based on results from the survey, the travel company compiled a list of the most common travel destinations people chose to take with their families. Ithaca was listed among places such as Cambria, CA, Gallup, NM, Dillon, CO and Chincoteague, VA.

Matthew Potter, author of the list and survey results, said 64 percent of those who took the survey sought after a family adventure during their road trips.

“While New York City and Niagara Falls were some of the most popular choices, Ithaca was no doubt a solid pick. Since we wanted to give readers some ideas for family adventure, I picked Ithaca because it is in between the Big Apple and the Big Falls, and it is a lot easier to navigate then tourist-heavy areas,” Potter said. “I have two kids of my own, and as soon as you can get them out of the car and moving, the better for everyone.”

The article listed Robert H. Treman State Park as one of Ithaca’s top attractions with its “easily accessible trails and plunge pools to take a dip in.” Potter also noted favorite spots such as The Commons and the Cornell Dairy Bar,

“Of course Niagara Falls is beautiful, but when I was young, I wanted to actually experience the waterfalls as closely as possible and play in them. Ithaca provided this opportunity (over a hundred of them) and is surrounded by a great town that offers a little bit of everything.”

Featured image: File photo of Taughannock Falls State Park. (Kelsey O’Connor/The Ithaca Voice)

Alyvia Covert

Alyvia is a Crime Reporter with The Ithaca Voice. She graduated from Ithaca College with a degree in Journalism and Photography.