Welcome to Western New York State
Known as the 'Western Door' by the indigenous population of
Seneca Native Americans who originally inhabited the area, the
Western region of New York State is more than just a gateway to the
rest of the country. A spectacular mix of farmlands, gorges, lakes
and waterfalls exists here; a diversity of landscapes forged by
ancient glaciers. Strategically situated on two of the Great Lakes,
Erie and Ontario, the Western area also borders Canada, and is a
critical link between the two countries, as well as a major
commercial and transportation hub for upstate New York.
Perhaps the biggest draw card to this area is the breathtaking
beauty of Niagara Falls in the extreme northwest of the state, a
spectacle that attracts an estimated 13 million visitors annually.
The Finger Lakes, below Lake Ontario, are also an immensely popular
attraction and the area surrounding the Lakes is home to the
country's oldest commercial wine producing area. Cliff-hugging
vineyards compete with rolling farmlands, and fields of sunflowers
border picturesque towns harking back to the Victorian era. The
region is not all sleepy hollows and rural landscapes, however, and
bustling cities such as Rochester and Buffalo offer top class
amenities and attractions, including parks, museums, galleries and
The Western New York State region is therefore a healthy mix of
natural beauty and urbanity, and there is plenty to see and do,
from hiking, fishing, and white-water rafting, to wine tasting,
shopping and dining.
Information & Facts
English is the most common language but Spanish is often
spoken in south-western states.
The US Dollar (USD) is the unit of currency and is divided into
100 cents. Only major banks exchange foreign currency. ATMs are
widespread and credit cards and travellers cheques are widely
accepted. Travellers cheques should be taken in US Dollars to avoid
hassles. Banking hours are Monday to Friday 9am to 3pm.