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Buffalo, New York is just 20 miles from one of the world’s most spectacular sights - Niagara Falls. Situated on the banks of Lake Erie and the Niagara river, this city has become a popular hub for people visiting the area and it has seen quite a transformation in recent years. Get a hire car in Buffalo and explore Niagara, before heading east to New York’s Finger Lakes region, which offers fresh air, hiking trails and wine.
Fly in to Buffalo Niagara Airport, which is 10 miles, or a 20-minute drive, from the city centre. Syracuse Hancock International Airport is 150 miles away, or just under three hours by car.
If you plan on hiring a rental car in Buffalo then Alamo, National, Hertz and Avis are among the brands available, all have collection counters at Buffalo Airport.
Niagara Falls may steal Buffalo’s thunder, but this city still has much to offer. Architecture fans can see seven Frank Lloyd Wright designed buildings here, otherwise check out Frederick Law Olmsted’s impressive urban parks. For shopping Elmwood village offers independent names and artisan markets, and you can fill up at Food Truck Tuesday at Larkin Square with a choice of tasty dinners.
But if it is Niagara Falls that you’re after (and it probably is), then you are in the right place. The falls lie on the border of the US and Canada and there are a number of different viewing options. If you are travelling by car head towards Rainbow Bridge and the Niagara Falls state park on the American side. Or drive over the bridge to Canada and try one of the various viewing platforms on the banks of the Niagara river. If you do plan to cross the border you will need to take your passport and apply for any relevant visas in advance.
You could also take the opportunity to visit New York’s beautiful Finger Lakes region. Drive among the 11 lakes, which are connected by rivers to Lake Ontario. With a variety of walking trails, lush woodland, water sports and wineries, this region caters for every holiday traveller. The city of Rochester is 75 miles northeast of Buffalo, on the shore of Lake Ontario and is a short drive from the Finger Lakes. The city also boasts a huge collection of lilacs at Highland Park and an annual lilac festival each May. Syracuse, a 150-mile drive of two hours and 30 minutes from Buffalo, is also in the lakes region. Situated on the south bank of Onondaga lake, Syracuse is a convenient base. If you fancy a trip to the Big Apple, be aware that it may be in the same state, but Buffalo is a hefty six-hour, 370-mile drive from New York city. The other option is to take a flight of one hour and 20 minutes from Buffalo Niagara International Airport.
If you plan on hiring a rental car in Buffalo and want to drive to the Canadian side of Niagara Falls check that your insurance is still valid over the border, and remember to take your passport.
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