Geography intervened in trying to get to Corning: headed out of Cleveland on beloved Hwy 2 and headed into New York and Hwy 86 (another less traveled but well maintained, 4 land freeway). 84 basically moves west to east but in a very round about way.
Things to note on the trip to Corning: (1) absolutely gorgeous New York State rest stops and information centers as well as (2) the bridge crossing and views of Chautaqua Lake.
Geographically, Corning was a good stopping place and we’d heard the Museum of Glass was definitely worth a visit. The Museum’s catch phrase is “see glass in a new light.” There are the types of exhibits you’d expect: the origins of glassmaking, decorative items such as Tiffany glass, contemporary glass styles, etc.
What we didn’t expect was the science and technology galleries focused on recent innovative glass use: fiber optics, for example. Corning developed fiber optics and the exhibit was fantastic as it included the scientist’s daily experiment notebooks, etc. There’s also fiberglass, Pyrex, Corning Ware, space shuttle windows and more!
Corning is also home to the New York Finger Lake region with all sorts of wineries and breweries as well as Watkins Glenn, artist galleries and restaurants.
We stayed at the Hammondsport/Bath KOA — pricey but very nice. Definitely green, fairly large spaces, all sorts of activities including a Saturday concert under the stars and Sunday pancake breakfast. Definitely recommend!