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Day Trip Destinations

Buffalo is ideally located near a variety of outstanding visitor destinations such as the Finger Lakes, Niagara Falls, Chautauqua Institution and Niagara-on-the-Lake. Make Buffalo your hassle-free headquarters for a captivating menu of day trip destinations.

Niagara Falls

Niagara Falls

World-class attractions like the Maid of the Mist and the Cave of the Winds await the visitor who makes the short 20-minute ride from downtown Buffalo to Niagara Falls.

Chautauqua

Concerts, lectures and theatrical performances make for stimulating days and entertaining nights at the Chautauqua Institution, an indescribably lovely lakeside village of towering trees, carefully tended flower gardens and spectacular Victorian houses and hotels. A national treasure.

Ellicottville

Come summer, this cool ski town makes a seamless transition to hot golf destination. You’ll also find historic charm, quaint shops, charming bistros, weekend festivals as well as plenty of hiking and biking trails at nearby Allegany State Park.

Corning & the Finger Lakes

This historic town is home to the internationally renowned Corning Museum of Glass, and also features a charming downtown full of shops, glass studios and restaurants. Nestled in the heart of Finger Lakes Wine Country, with more than 90 wineries, and hundreds of waterfalls, lakes and gorges all nearby, Corning offers a wide variety of activities and sites.

Darien Lake Theme Park Resort

Genesee County

Darien Lake Theme Park Resort is New York’s largest amusement park features more than 100 thrilling rides, shows and attractions, including one of the tallest coasters in the Northeast.

Lockport

Did you know the Erie Canal was called “the eighth wonder of the world” when it was completed in 1825? Today you can travel “15 miles on the Erie Canal” the way settlers moving west did at the Lockport Locks.

Niagara-on-the-Lake

Every year the lovely and picturesque town of Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario offers a feast for theater lovers everywhere, with a festival specializing in the plays of George Bernard Shaw and his contemporaries.

Orleans County

Nestled along the Lake Ontario shoreline, Orleans County is blessed with natural beauty, quaint Victorian villages and a rich history. Visitor attractions and experiences include: the Erie Canal, the Seaway Trail, railroading history, farm markets and world class fishing on the Oak Orchard River.

Letchworth State Park

Wyoming County

In Wyoming County’s Letchworth State Park the Genesee River rushes over numerous spectacular falls in a gorge so deep and wide it’s known as the Grand Canyon of the East. Hike the length of the canyon trail or see the river down below as you raft through white water rapids or from high above in a hot air balloon.

Rochester

The Greater Rochester Area has a lot to offer: spellbinding historic sites, including two National Historic Landmarks; captivating, hands-on museums for children and families; fascinating attractions; and rollicking entertainment nearly every night of the year.

Genesee Country Village

Located halfway between Buffalo and Rochester, New York State’s largest living history museum features live demonstrations of blacksmithing, cooking, spinning and crafts, as well as villagers in period costume.

Old Fort Niagara

Reenactments such as a French and Indian War Encampment are held throughout the summer season and bring the Fort’s 300-year history to life. Plus, on a clear day you can see Toronto across the blue waters of Lake Ontario.

Greater Niagara Region

For more information about the places to visit throughout the five counties of Western New York, check out GreaterNiagaraUSA.com.

For more information, e-mail Leah Mueller or call her directly at 1-888-228-3369 ext. 237.