NYS Region: Finger Lakes
Distance: NYC: 4hrs - Hartford: 4.75hrs - Philly: 4hrs - Boston: 5.5hrs
Famous for: Gorges, Waterfalls and Farmers Markets
Not to miss: Taughannock Falls and Cayuga Lake Wine Trail.
Perfect for: Couples, Families, Outdoors Lovers
- Publish Date: May 04, 2017
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Why It's Famous
Some places just have a feel, an energy all their own that makes you feel a first timer’s excitment all while immediately fitting right in. Ithaca’s locals are truly unique and welcoming - they would have it no other way.
- Ithaca is Gorges! It has certainly lived up to that reputation with 150 waterfalls and 3 state parks for you to discover.
- The famous college on the hill, Cornell University, has a panoramic view of the entire city.
- The newly renovated Ithaca Commons is one of the last existing outdoor pedestrian malls.
- People young and old flock to Trumansburg’s bustling Main Street, and of course the 215 foot tall famous Taughannock Falls!
- Do not miss out on one of the top rated farmers markets in the country, the Ithaca Farmers Market at the Cayuga Lakefront.
One of the 150 beautiful waterfalls throughout the area. Ithaca is Gorges!Some of the top-rated farmers markets int he country—right in Ithaca.
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An area of wild beauty, enjoy 9 miles of hiking trails, swim in a pool beneath a waterfall. Explore trails that follow the gorge past 12 waterfalls, including the 115-foot Lucifer Falls. Campers can choose from tent or RV sites or cabins.
Two blocks in Downtown Ithaca are full of an array of diverse restaurants from upscale French cuisine to one of “The Best 50 Burger Joints in America.” Get your foodie on here with friends for a great start to your night.
Trumansburg, home of Taughannock Falls State Park, is becoming known as the Brooklyn of Ithaca, people young and old flock to its bustling Main Street, full of cafés, shops, restaurants, galleries, and entertainment in a quaint small-town setting. It’s unique and charming B&B’s make it the perfect spot to take a break from the daily grind.
Taughannock Falls State Park’s namesake waterfall is one of the most outstanding natural attractions of the Northeast. Plunging 215 feet—three stories higher than Niagara Falls. Campsites and cabins overlook Cayuga Lake, with marina, boat launch and beach nearby.
With eight sites including the Museum of the Earth, the Lab of Ornithology, and the ScienCenter, the Discovery Trail promotes awareness and understanding of the connections among art, history, literature, science, and the natural world.
Ithaca is festive. People come to enjoy larger festivals like Wizarding Weekend, Grassroots Festival of Music and Dance, the Apple Harvest Festival, and Ithaca Festival. Or if you prefer something more low-key, check out Downtown Ithaca’s outdoor Summer Concert Series, all summer long every Thursday night.
In the heart of the Finger Lakes is the Cayuga Lake Wine Trail, the first organized and longest-running wine trail in America, offering a unique blend of award-winning wines, scenic waterfalls, and local gourmet eateries.
Craft breweries can be found throughout the Ithaca area, and are an exciting stop on the Finger Lakes Beer Trail. Breweries craft beer for all palates. Visit the nationally acclaimed Ithaca Beer Company for their complex and innovative beers served up with local fare in their award-winning Taproom Restaurant.