Save on travel insurance
Save on mobile phone roaming costs with a USA SIM card
Search over 500 car rental agencies to find the cheapest rate
Explore the United States with an AMTRAK railpass


Destination guides > North America > USA > Mid-Atlantic > New York> Ithaca


The university town of Ithaca - home to Cornell University - is a charming place with a cool laid-back vibe.

Practical information

Ithaca/Tompkins County Convention & Visitors Bureau

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

Coming & going

Ithaca's bus terminal is at 710 W State Street. Greyhound goes to Buffalo, New York City and Philadelphia and Shortline (tel (607) 277 8800) goes to New York City.

Local transport

TCAT Bus run local bus services in the Ithaca area. Standard fares are $1.50 and a one-day pass costs $3.

Sightseeing, museums & tourist attractions

Cornell University

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
Admission free
Tours depart Jan-Mar 1pm daily; Apr-Nov Mon-Fri 9am, 11am, 1pm, 3pm, Sat 9am, 11am, 1pm, Sun 1pm; Dec 1pm daily

Herbert F Johnson Museum of Art

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
Admission free
Open Tue-Sun 10am-5pm

Museum of the Earth

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

Follow us:

Follow us on Twitter Like BUG on Facebook