Travel Guide

Buffalo, New York 



Buffalo is located on the eastern shores of Lake Erie and is the second most populous city in the state of New York after New York City. Buffalo was once a bustling industrial city in Western New York with its smoke-belching steel mills and automotive plants. However, de-industrialization and subsequent unemployment resulted in the city’s population declining from 580,000 in 1950 to 261,000 in 2010. Nevertheless, the city remains a cultural and economic center in Western New York, and home to several colleges and universities including the University at Buffalo.


The city’s architectures in the downtown area and many of the neighborhoods have become major tourist attractions. There are buildings from almost every decade of Buffalo’s existence. A prominent location for historical architecture is the Allentown Historic District. The district is home to more than 700 buildings in various architecture including Gothic Revival, Colonial, Queen Anne, and Italianate. Another is the Delaware Avenue Historic District, home of many grand mansions and once known as "Millionaire's Row” with many of the city’s millionaires once living here.

Allentown, Buffalo (New York State)

Allentown in Buffalo by Winston Richardson

See & Do
Buffalo is becoming known as one of the most hospitable cities in the United States, and honored as one of the 44 “Places to Visit” in 2009 by the New York Times. The city is home to several museums and art galleries, famous architectures, historic districts, vibrant neighborhoods, and theaters as well as universities and colleges. As a result of de-industrialization, the city is diversifying into new industries including health care, life sciences, food manufacturing, and banking. Buffalo is also experiencing a budding film industry, producing quality independent feature films.

Buffalo, New York State

City of Buffalo by Doug Kerr

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