The bumper stickers say "Ithaca is Gorges," but this city is more than a natural beauty. Along with the gorgeous gorges and cascading waters of Ithaca Falls
and Buttermilk Falls State Park
, you'll find cosmopolitan flair. Musicians play in coffee houses and along the sidewalks of this college town (both Cornell University and Ithaca College are here). Cafés and restaurants include Simeon's
and Taverna Banfi at Cornell's student-run Statler Hotel
. Enjoy a healthy meal at Moosewood
, a pioneer in organic cuisine. Check out eclectic shops at Ithaca Commons
, one of the largest pedestrian malls in the U.S.
After you're done shopping, make room for education (this is a city of higher learning, after all). If you like art
, see the collection at the Johnson Art Museum
, designed by I.M. Pei. Step into a walk-in camera or follow the Planet Walk at the Sciencenter
, where 150 hands-on exhibits make science fun. You can sample local wines
at the Six Mile Creek Winery
. After your vineyard tour, picnic on the grounds overlooking the valley.