What to see in Western New York State

Western New York State Attractions

Western New York is chock full of interesting cultural sites, but the region's tourism is dominated by two immensely popular natural attractions: the mighty Niagara Falls and the beautiful Finger Lakes. Niagara Falls is a celebrated honeymoon destination and a must-see attraction for both the US and Canada; and 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.

The major cities and towns of the region popular with visitors 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, in Genesee County, 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 is situated on the eastern shore of Lake Erie, and is a good base…

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Finger Lakes

The 11 narrow lakes that stretch north to south below Lake Ontario are known as the Finger Lakes. The lakes are popular…

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Niagara Falls

Straddling the United States and Canadian border, 340 miles (547km) northwest of New York City, the Niagara Falls are…

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