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Niagara Falls and Western New York Travel Guide

Plan Your Niagara Falls and Western New York Vacation

As any local will tell you, this is western New York, not "upstate," which suggests a closeness to New York City—and this pastoral parcel of the state couldn't be farther away from that metropolitan morass. Here, oranges and yellows wash over wooded valleys in autumn, snow blankets farm fields in winter, tulips bloom beside the mighty Niagara in spring, and the blue of Lake Erie sparkles

brilliantly in summer. The region's bastions of arts and culture—even Buffalo, the state's second-largest city—retain a small-town feel.

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Top Reasons To Go

  1. Seeing Niagara Falls An awesome display of natural power that should not be missed, the falls is worth a stop even for a half hour. But if you have time, see it from the Canadian side for superior views.
  2. Falls tours While you're next to the waterworks, make time for at least one tour—Maid of the Mist, Cave of the Winds, or the White Water Walk—and maybe also a cable car over the whirlpool, a fast-paced boat ride with Whirlpool Jet Boat Tours, or a helicopter ride over the thundering waters.
  3. Buffalo The state's second-largest city, dating from 1804, has historic buildings, a handful of Frank Lloyd Wright structures, some worthwhile art museums, and the region's top restaurants, music, and theater.
  4. The Chautauqua Institution This summer-long program of lectures, workshops, and performances has been the number one attraction in southwestern New York since Victorian times.
  5. Allegany State Park An amazing 65,000-acre expanse of woodsy trails, hilltop views, lakes, and campsites makes for the nature-lover's ultimate playground.

When To Go

When to Go

Outside the Holiday Valley ski area, high season runs from Memorial Day through Labor Day, when most cultural activities take place and the Niag...

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