Elmira, in Finger Lakes Region, is a city that some 29,000 people call home.
Albany, the state capital, is located 160 miles (257 kilometers) to the east of Elmira, while Syracuse is 75 miles (121 kilometers) to the northeast.
Study the collections, browse the exhibits and get acquainted with the local lore in some of the local cultural centers such as the Corning Glass Center or the Benjamin Patterson Inn Museum. Examine the displays, study the collections or just enjoy the contemplative stillness.
You can never truly understand a place until you know its story; thankfully Elmira has carefully preserved the Mark Twain Study, one of its most important history buildings and sites. Enquire about a guided tour, get some pictures and learn about the events that shaped local history.
In addition to urban parks, Elmira also has several larger nature reserves where visitors can enjoy beautiful scenery and local flora and fauna. To explore one of the major local conservation preserves, drive to Spencer Crest Nature Center.
If you are interested in art, culture and history visit the Rockwell Museum of Western Art, one of the most popular museums in Elmira. Admire the building, browse the various galleries and view the exhibits.