What to see in Western New York State

Western New York State Attractions

Western New York is chock full of interesting cultural sites, with tourism dominated by two immensely popular attractions. Niagara Falls is a celebrated honeymoon destination while the Finger Lakes attract hikers, campers, fishermen, and boaters from all over the US.

Another wonderful scenic attraction in the region is the Letchworth State Park, fondly named 'The Grand Canyon of the East'. The Allegeny State Park and the Allegheny Forest also offer ample space for outdoor recreation.

Popular cities and towns include Rochester, Buffalo, Jamestown, and Niagara Falls, which all make good travel hubs. Rochester, famous for being the birthplace of amateur photography, is home to the National Museum of Play and some celebrated theatres.

Buffalo's top tourist attractions include the Albright-Knox Art Gallery, the Theodore Roosevelt Inaugural National Historic Site, and some lovely gardens and parks. The Darien Lake theme park and concert venue, about half way between Rochester and Buffalo, also attracts throngs of visitors in the warm summer months.


Dubbed 'the biggest small town in America', Buffalo sits on the eastern shore of Lake Erie, serving as a good base for visiting Niagara Falls and for exploring the Finger Lakes region. Established…

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Finger Lakes

The 11 narrow lakes that stretch north to south below Lake Ontario are the Finger Lakes. The lakes are popular for boating and fishing, and the rolling hills between them are interspersed with waterfalls,…

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Niagara Falls

The Niagara Falls straddle the United States and Canadian border, 340 miles (547km) northwest of New York City. They are one of the most popular natural attractions in the country, attracting…

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