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Welcome to Western New York State

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 fine restaurants.

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.

Dubbed 'the biggest small town in America', Buffalo is situated on the eastern shore of Lake Erie, and is a good base for visiting the Niagara Falls and for exploring the Finger Lakes region. New York's second largest city, the town was established by the French in 1758 (it is believed that the name derives from beau fleuve -beautiful river), and became an important port for trade with the eastern US. Buffalo has some noteworthy Victorian architecture and some good museums. The Albright-Knox Art Gallery contains an impressive collection of works by American artists and hosts many great touring exhibitions. The Buffalo Zoo is home to elephants, gorillas and Siberian tigers. The nearby Letchworth State Park is popular with hikers and offers wonderful views over the Genesee River Gorge, promoted as the 'Grand Canyon of the East'. Buffalo is also a popular stopover destination for travellers on their way to nearby Niagara Falls, as it is the nearest major airport.

Straddling the United States and Canadian border, 340 miles (547km) north west of New York City, the Niagara Falls are one of the most popular natural attractions in the country attracting about 13 million tourists a year. The Niagara River has been flowing for about 12,000 years but the eroded escarpment over which the falls flow today is much older, having been formed during the ice age. The river plunges over a cliff of dolostone and shale to make it the second largest waterfall on earth, after the Victoria Falls in southern Africa. The mighty torrent is best appreciated from a spray-filled 'Maid of the Mist' boat tour. The falls have attracted daredevils over the years, who have gone down them in various contraptions - most have survived. The most famous stunt was done by the Frenchman Jean François Gravelot who crossed the Niagara Falls on a tightrope in 1859. Traditionally a honeymoon destination, the area around the Falls has been built up into a major tourist area, with attractions like Ripley's Believe it or Not Museum, and cheap eateries and chain restaurants.

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