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You’ll see more than one person wearing the T-shirt, “Ithaca is Gorges,” in this Central New York college town. Explore the ravines in Ithaca and along the shores of Cayuga Lake, the longest of the glacially formed Finger Lakes, to appreciate the beauty of the area’s gorges, hillsides and waterways.
The heart of Ithaca is Cornell University, a world-renowned Ivy League university. Stroll through the large campus past 150-year-old brick buildings. Climb 161 stairs of the McGraw clock tower to listen to chimes played three times daily during the school year by Cornell students. Visit the Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art, a free gallery with original artwork from various cultures and times and frequent themed exhibitions. If you’re in the city on a clear Friday night, go to the Fuertes Observatory to view the night sky.
Cornell Plantations, the university’s botanical gardens, is over 25 acres (10 hectares) in area with an arboretum of New York trees, colorful annual and perennial garden plantings and numerous natural areas. Wander the walking trails to see gorges, streams, waterfalls, woodlands and meadows. The Cornell Lab of Ornithology and nearby Sapsucker Woods offer some of the world’s best bird-watching experiences.
Visit several waterfall areas within the city limits: Ithaca Falls and Buttermilk Falls and Robert H. Treman state parks. Just west of Ithaca at the southern end of Seneca Lake is Watkins Glen, with a long walking trail through an impressive ravine and an international speedway which hosts varied auto races and concerts. You may want to follow the Cayuga Lake Wine Trail around the lake to enjoy vineyard views and flavorful vintages.
In the city, Museum of the Earth, Sciencenter and State Theatre of Ithaca offer additional family-friendly activities. Visit the downtown Ithaca Commons pedestrianized area for numerous shopping and restaurant choices.
Fly into Ithaca or other regional airports. Then see for yourself that “Ithaca is Gorges…” and buy the T-shirt.
Situated in Ithaca, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Shops at Ithaca Mall and Corners Gallery. Cornell Plantations and Sapsucker Woods Sanctuary are also within 3 mi (5 km).
Situated in Ithaca, this hotel is 0.1 mi (0.2 km) from State Theatre of Ithaca and 1.4 mi (2.3 km) from Ithaca College. Ithaca Commons and Dewitt Park are also within 10 minutes.
Located in the heart of Ithaca, this hotel is 0.5 mi (0.8 km) from Kitchen Theater and 2 mi (3.2 km) from Ithaca College. Puddledockers and State Theatre of Ithaca are also within 1 mi (2 km).
Located on campus, The Statler Hotel at Cornell University puts guests in the Finger Lakes countryside, a 10-minute drive from Ithaca. A free shuttle service runs to the airport and the bus station in 15 minutes, and Taughannock Falls State Park is 25 minutes away by car.
Located in the heart of Ithaca, this hotel is 0.9 mi (1.5 km) from Ithaca Beer Company and 2.8 mi (4.4 km) from Ithaca College. Kitchen Theater and Puddledockers are also within 2 mi (3 km).
Located in the heart of Ithaca, this hotel is steps from Ithaca Commons and The History Center. State Theatre of Ithaca and Dewitt Park are also within 10 minutes.
Situated near the airport, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Shops at Ithaca Mall and Corners Gallery. Cornell Plantations and Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art are also within 3 mi (5 km).
Situated in Ithaca, this bed & breakfast is within 1 mi (2 km) of Ithaca Commons and Ithaca College. The History Center and State Theatre of Ithaca are also within 15 minutes.