Ithaca, NY

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This college town calls itself “gorges,” for the striking ravines that cut through the city and offer spectacular hikes and views.

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.

Where to stay in Ithaca

Holiday Inn Express & Suites Ithaca, an IHG Hotel
Holiday Inn Express & Suites Ithaca, an IHG Hotel
3 out of 5
371 Elmira Road, Ithaca, NY, 14850
The price is $128 per night from Nov 6 to Nov 7
Stay at this 3-star business-friendly hotel in Ithaca. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi, and free parking. Our guests praise the breakfast and the pool in our ...
4.4/5 Excellent! (1,002 reviews)
"设备齐全,有免费早餐,咖啡,茶,热巧克力等饮品全天供应,离周围景点很近,如果再去那边旅游一定再选择住这家酒店"

Reviewed on Sep 29, 2022

The Statler Hotel at Cornell University
The Statler Hotel at Cornell University
4 out of 5
130 Statler Dr, Ithaca, NY, 14853
The price is $251 per night from Nov 6 to Nov 7
Stay at this 4-star business-friendly hotel in Ithaca. Enjoy free WiFi, 4 restaurants, and breakfast. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the comfy beds ...
4.7/5 Exceptional! (1,000 reviews)
"Right in the heart of the University."

Reviewed on Oct 3, 2022

Canopy by Hilton Ithaca Downtown
Canopy by Hilton Ithaca Downtown
4 out of 5
324 East State Street, Ithaca, NY, 14850
The price is $132 per night from Oct 31 to Nov 1
Stay at this 4-star business-friendly hotel in Ithaca. Enjoy free WiFi, a restaurant, and breakfast. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the clean rooms ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (385 reviews)
"Clean, convenient and a great hotel."

Reviewed on Oct 2, 2022

Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
Tentrr Signature Site - Orchard and Gorge Tent at South Hill Cider - Site #2
Tentrr Signature Site - Orchard and Gorge Tent at South Hill Cider - Site #2
Ithaca, New York
Stay at this campground in Ithaca. Enjoy onsite parking, barbecue grills, and 1 bedroom. Popular attractions Buttermilk Falls State Park and Robert H. Treman ...
5/5 Exceptional! (1 review)
Camp experience
"Very cute little camp area not too far from a cider house"

Reviewed on Sep 5, 2022

Ithaca Boat House
Ithaca Boat House
3.5 out of 5
1180 East Shore Drive, Ithaca, NY, 14850
Stay at this 3.5-star apartment in Ithaca. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and a private beach. Popular attractions Shops at Ithaca Mall and Triphammer Marketplace ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (10 reviews)
"We loved staying here! The views were amazing, the apartment was very open/spacious, beautifully decorated, and perfect for a romantic weekend getaway. Very clean and well-maintained."

Reviewed on Sep 26, 2022

Tentrr Signature Site - Orchard and Gorge Tent at South Hill Cider - Site #1
Tentrr Signature Site - Orchard and Gorge Tent at South Hill Cider - Site #1
Ithaca, New York
Stay at this campground in Ithaca. Enjoy onsite parking, barbecue grills, and 1 bedroom. Popular attractions Buttermilk Falls State Park and Robert H. Treman ...
4/5 Very Good! (1 review)
"Other than the 9 wood spiders in the tent when we got there, it was lovely. We had not remembered sleeping bags but went to a nearby Walmart for sheets and a blanket and slept well."

Reviewed on Aug 24, 2022

Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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