The university town of Ithaca - home to Cornell University - is a charming place with a cool laid-back vibe.
904 E Shore Drive, Ithaca
Tel (607) 272 1313 or 800 284 8422
Open Jan-early May Mon-Fri 9am-5pm; mid May-early Sep Mon-Fri 9am-5pm, Sat 10am-5pm, Sun 10am-4pm; mid Sep-Dec Mon-Fri 9am-5pm
TCAT Bus run local bus services in the Ithaca area. Standard fares are $1.50 and a one-day pass costs $3.
Most of Ithaca's sights are centred on its Ivy League university. Campus tours leave from the Information & Referral Center in Day Hall on East Avenue.
Tel (607) 254 4636
Tours depart Jan-Mar 1pm daily; Apr-Nov Mon-Fri 9am, 11am, 1pm, 3pm, Sat 9am, 11am, 1pm, Sun 1pm; Dec 1pm daily
The small art museum houses an impressive collection that includes works by Dürer, Goya, Matisse and Toulouse-Lautrec but it is most noted for its collection of Asian Art.
Corner Central & University Avenues, Ithaca, NY 14853
Tel (607) 255 6464
Open Tue-Sun 10am-5pm
This natural history museum run by the Paleontological Research Institution features the skeleton of a North Atlantic Right Whale plus a gallery depicting pre-history from the Big Bang through to the Ice Age and exhibits on effects of climate change and how glaciers shaped the landscape of the Finger Lakes. Dinosaurs comprise a major focus of the museum.
1259 Trumansburg Road, Ithaca, NY 14850
Tel (607) 273 6623
Admission $8, students $5
Open summer Mon-Sat 10am-5pm, Sun 11am-5pm; winter Mon & Wed-Sat 10am-5pm, Sun 11am-5pm