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Surrounded by forests and parks; Ithaca is famous for the number of waterfalls and rapids that can be explored through shaded trails. The city itself is historic and leafy, and as home to Ivy League's Cornell University it becomes particularly lively and cultural during term time. Ithaca enjoys a rich history with plenty to explore, and many of the influences from the early European settlers still remain.

Things to see

At the Buttermilk Falls State Park you'll enjoy miles of natural scenery and winding trails to explore, with tumbling waterfalls flowing over giant rocks and noisy rapids that run throughout the park. If you'd prefer to get close to a waterfall, then the Ithaca Falls Natural Area has spots where you can swim and climb the rocks; perfect for cooling off on a hot summer's day, and there are also spots for salmon fishing and picnics. Back on dry land, the Ithaca Beer Company is a great place for craft beer enthusiasts to visit, and on the weekend they offer free tours where you can learn how this impressive selection is created, before heading for the taproom for some samples. In the evenings, the State Theatre has a lively program of events from dance, to family friendly shows, classic movie screenings, and live music. It's worth a visit simply to appreciate the architecture, with classic art deco design and a decadently styled interior.

Hotels in Ithaca

There's an interesting variety of hotels in Ithaca, and this means it's easy to find a place to suit your needs and budget. Those visiting the area on vacation to see the falls will enjoy the comfortable 3 star resorts and inns which have excellent facilities such as complimentary breakfasts, free WiFi, room service, fitness facilities, tennis courts, spa services, concierge services, and business centers with conference rooms. You can then enjoy the extra amenities in your room which can include premium bedding, complimentary toiletries, hair dryers, cable televisions and DVD players, air conditioning, and coffee makers.

Where to stay

Ithaca has a lively and historic downtown area, with pavement cafés, delis, and cozy restaurants that make it a foodie paradise. The area has buildings dating back to the late 18th century when the first European settlers arrived, and there's a laid back college town atmosphere, especially when the Cornell University terms begin. Ithaca Commons is a 2 block pedestrianized area that's full of craft shops, boutiques, and bookshops, and this is one of the best areas for shopping and enjoying the atmosphere. Nearby Cortland is also worth a visit, and this former manufacturing city now boasts many converted factories and warehouses that have been turned into restaurants and quirky local shops.

How to get to Ithaca

Ithaca Tompkins Regional Airport has regular services to New York City, as well as other airports across the USA. The airport is in the northeast of the city, and it's only a 10 minute drive downtown, so you can pick up a rental car or taxi to get to your hotel. There are also regular local buses that run from the airport to the city center, with the journey taking about 20 minutes. There's also a Greyhound bus service running from the city center, and this is popular with students who want a cost effective way to travel to the area.

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