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Navigating the US: Getting Around in Buffalo, New York

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If you’re in the state of New York and not in the Big Apple, odds are you’re in Buffalo. The Queen City is the second most populous in the state, making it an important tourist attraction for anyone with an interest in architecture, cuisine, music, festivals, performance arts, sports, or the outdoors.

Buffalo New York Signs

Photo:Ken Lund

Major Highways and Roadways to Know

If you’re coming from the east or west, the best way to get to Buffalo is I-90, which connects the city to other major cities and regions. It links up with I-190, which circles partly around downtown before heading up to Niagara Falls. I-290 closes the loop.

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Alternative Ways of Seeing the City

An increasingly popular way to get around Buffalo is by bike. The city provides scenic routes like the Outer Harbor Bike Trail, Scajaquada Creekside Bike Path, and Riverwalk, all of which are great ways to spend a summer day. Some organizations like GO Bike Buffalo and Buffalo BikeShare offer bike repair and sharing services throughout the year.

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Buffalo New York Water

Photo:Doug Kerr

Best Places to Park

Because driving is the best way to get around Buffalo, you’ll need to find places to park. The downtown area is full of parking garages, lots, and pay meters, though many of these can be expensive. We recommend using services like BestParking.com or Pay2Park.net to find the best places to park—and the best deals—should you be heading downtown.

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Airports and Car Rentals

Going to or from Buffalo by plane means using the Buffalo Niagara International Airport, which provides nonstop service to 18 cities. About 40% of the people you’ll meet will be Canadian, so be prepared to talk about hockey. From the airport, you can reach Buffalo via four NFTA bus routes; we recommend Metro Bus #24B – Genesee, the most active of the lot.

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Buffalo New York Light House

Photo:Doug Kerr

Hotels and Attractions

Whether you’re visiting Buffalo on a budget or have a taste for luxuries, there’s no doubt you’ll be able to find a place to stay to your liking in Buffalo. There’s the Roycroft Inn for history fans, the Hotel @ Lafayette or Mansion on Delaware for architecture enthusiasts, and numerous full-service hotels like the Hyatt Regency and Buffalo Niagara Marriott.

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