Located on the shores of Lake Erie and close to the Niagara River, Buffalo is the second-largest city in New York State.
It first grew up as a transport hub, as its canals and railroad system meant it could easily connect with the rest of the country to supply them with and get hold of raw materials.
Buffalo is also famous for being the place where US president William McKinley was shot and mortally wounded in 1901, resulting in Theodore Roosevelt being sworn in to replace him shortly afterwards.
If you stay in Buffalo hotels these days, you will find the city to be a vibrant destination full of culture and excellent architecture. A trip to the Buffalo tourist information is probably a good idea when you arrive.
According to USA Today, it is also a city with a heart and one of the cleanest in the whole country.
Buffalo Travel Tips
The city is served by Buffalo Niagara International Airport and you may be able to get flights direct to the hub. Alternatively, you will be able to take connecting flights from other US cities.
It is possible to reach Buffalo from New York City via the New York State Thruway (I-90), but bear in mind that will take six to seven hours and is therefore not as close as it may seem as seen on films or television.
Greyhound Buses will also be able to get you to your Buffalo hotel from other cities in the country.
The Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority is responsible for public transportation in the city and runs both the buses and the subway.
You can use one ticket for both buses and the rail network, as long as the routes intersect.
If you are staying in Buffalo hotels for a few days and want to do plenty of exploring, it is worth getting hold of a day pass, which will allow you to hop on and off whenever you like - a great Buffalo travel tip.
What to pack:
Buffalo has quite distinct seasons and will be very different depending on when in the year you visit. In the Winter, bring your warm sweaters and boots, as the city usually gets snow from November onwards.
If you want to stay in a Buffalo hotel during Spring, it's likely that you will need an umbrella and plenty of clothes to layer up, as it can be rainy and quite cool in the city then.
Both Summer and Fall are very pleasant times to visit. Bring your sunscreen in July and August, as temperatures are usually between 70F and 80F, while the mercury does not dip too far in Fall.
Those who enjoy colorful foliage will be in their element in the Fall. Buffalo is very leafy and trees with beautiful hues can be seen throughout.
What to do and where to go?
There are lots of things to see and do when you stay in any of the Buffalo hotels. From museums and architecture to theme parks, Buffalo has it all. No Buffalo trip is complete without a visit to Niagara Falls. It is a once in a lifetime trip.
Guided city tours depart close to the Millennium Hotel Buffalo and will help you make the most of what Buffalo has to offer. Here is a short Buffalo travel guide with some of the must-see destinations.
Buffalo City Hall
The Electric Tower
Delaware Avenue Historic District
Arts and Culture:
Buffalo Museum of Science
Buffalo Transportation Pierce-Arrow Museum
Albright-Knox Art Gallery,
Buffalo and Erie County Naval and Military Park
Buffalo & Erie County Historical Society Museum
Theodore Roosevelt Inaugural National Historic Site
Parks and Recreation:
Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens#
Forest Lawn Cemetery