Directions to Ithaca
from just about anywhere

 
 

From Boston

Find the Mass Pike. (Accomplishing this is left as an exercise for the reader.) Drive west until you reach New York, where the Mass Pike continues as Interstate 90, but is now the New York State Thruway.

Just past Albany, exit the Thruway onto Interstate 88 west. Follow 88 west until you reach Bainbridge, and then take Route 206 west. Continue on 206 west until you reach Whitney Point, cross over the bridge, and turn right at the light. Follow directions from Whitney Point.

(If you prefer avoiding roller-coaster-like two-lane highways, skip 206 by continuing on 88 until Binghamton, get on 81 north, and follow directions from 81 northbound.)


From Buffalo or Rochester

Take the New York State Thruway (I-90) east and get off at exit 41, Waterloo. Turn right after the toll booth onto 414, and then left at the gas station onto 318. Travel east on 318 for several miles, then turn left onto routes 5 and 20. (They run together for quite a while.) Turn immediately right onto 89 south. Take 89 south to Ithaca, turn left onto Route 13 north, and continue up the hill to Triphammer Road, where the hotels are.


From New Jersey or NYC

Take your favorite approach to Interstate 80, and head west. Then take 380 west to 81 north. (You can continue on 80, but that takes longer.) Follow directions from 81 northbound.


From Middletown or West Point area

Take your favorite approach to NY Route 17 (soon to be Interstate 86), and head west towards Binghamton. 17 merges with I-81 in Binghamton; stay on 81 northbound. Follow directions from 81 northbound.


From Ocean City, MD area

Take I-95 and 495 towards Philadelphia, then follow the directions from Philadelphia. OR, and we think this makes more sense but we leave it to your judgement, take I-95 north to I-83 north to I-81 north, then follow the directions from I-81 Northbound.


From Philadelphia

Take the Northeast Extension of the Pennsylvania Turnpike (I-476) to the end and follow the signs to get onto I-81 N. Then follow the directions from I-81 Northbound.


From Pittsburgh

Take I-79 north to I-80, then I-80 east. Take Route 220 north for about thirty miles, then Route 15 north for about fifty miles. Take I-86 (formerly Route 17) east towards Elmira, and Route 13 north to Ithaca.


From Route 81 Northbound

Follow 81 north into New York. Get off at the Whitney Point exit, exit 8. It will have a sign for Ithaca and a sign for Route 79 west.

Turn right at the top of the exit ramp, go down to a T intersection where you HAVE to turn left or right, and turn left. You are following signs for Route 79 all the way, so you won't get lost. Follow directions from Whitney point.


From Whitney Point

You'll pass through Whitney Point's row of gas stations and fast food places and diners and head back out of town, and then Route 79 west will begin to look more like country highway.

Continue on Route 79 west to Richford. After a long curvy downhill, you'll be at a four-way flashing stop light in Richford. Continue west on Route 79, toward Ithaca. Route 79 will take you down a long hill into downtown Ithaca, where the Holiday Inn is. If you continue west on 79, you'll reach Route 13, where you can turn right to head to Triphammer Road, or follow signs to Route 89 to get to Glenwood Pines.


To the Cayuga Heights Fire Station

From the Route 13 and Triphammer Road intersection, near the Ramada Inn and Pyramid Mall, take Triphammer Road south towards the Cornell campus. (Follow signs for Cornell, Clarion Hotel, or Community Corners.) Continue south on Triphammer Road through a residential area to a stop sign, and bear left onto Hanshaw Road. Pass the Community Corners shopping center on your right, and immediately bear right onto Pleasant Grove Road, and then right into Cayuga Heights Fire Station parking lot.


To the Ithaca Downtown Holiday Inn

As you approach downtown Ithaca on Route 79 from Whitney Point, Route 79 curves to the right onto Seneca Street when you reach the bottom of the hill. Proceed through two lights at Aurora Street and Tioga Street, and turn left at the third light onto Cayuga Street. Go two blocks, and the Holiday Inn will be ahead on your right, just past a Sunoco gas station.

If you're coming from Syracuse or other parts north, continue south on Route 13 down the hill and past Purity, then turn left onto Green Street, which is also Route 79 eastbound. Proceed several blocks and turn right onto Cayuga Street, just past a Sunoco gas station. The Holiday Inn will be ahead on your right.


To the Glenwood Pines

If you're heading straight to the Pines when you get to town, continue straight on Route 79 west past downtown. Turn right onto Route 13 north, and then take the very next left onto Buffalo Street, following signs to Route 89. Go two blocks, and then turn right onto Route 89 north, or Taughannock Boulevard. Drive four miles up the side of the lake; Glenwood Pines will be on your right.

If you're coming from Syracuse or other parts north, continue south on Route 13 down the hill and past Purity, then turn right onto Buffalo Street, following signs to Route 89. Go two blocks, and then turn right onto Route 89 north, or Taughannock Boulevard. Drive four miles up the side of the lake; Glenwood Pines will be on your right.