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The secret is out Ithaca is more than gorges.


One of Ithaca's many gorges

Located in bucolic countryside punctuated by deep gorges, Ithaca is home to spectacular waterfalls and lakes, organic farms and wineries, a thriving music and arts community, and an invigorating climate year round. And it’s no longer a closely guarded secret.

A sampling of recent national accolades include:

  • "Three Perfect Days: Finger Lakes" Hemispheres Magazine, April 2014
  • "12 Reason Why Ithaca, NY Is The Best College Town In America" by Business Insider, November 27, 2013
  • One of the top ten "Coolest Schools" by Sierra Club, 2013 
  • "Homecomings Amid the Gorges" New York Times, November 13, 2008.
  • Outside magazine's list of the 20 Best Towns in America, Number 6, August 2008
  • Selected as America's second most "eco-friendly" place by Country Home Magazine, April 2007
  • One of the top ten "places to live for gay and lesbian people" by The Advocate Magazine, March 27, 2007
  • One of the top ten "Smart Places to Live" by Kiplinger’s Newsletter, May 2006
  • "Number 1 Emerging City" by Cities Ranked and Rated, Bert Sperling and Peter Sander, 2004
  • Number one in the Utne Reader’s list of "Ten Most Enlightened Towns in America"

The Ithaca Festival

Ithaca is accessible and within easy driving distance of many of the major Northeastern cities, including New York City and Toronto.

International students and their families comprise 15% of Cornell University. From the local Tibetan Festival to the many Asian markets, Ithaca embraces the international community as a source of enrichment.

A center of the silent movie industry, Ithaca continues it’s creative legacy with the Sagan Planet Walk, a true to scale model of the solar system that leads from the award-winning downtown Commons to the Sciencenter, a hands on science and technology museum.

Ithacans are friendly, innovative, and love good food.

Students in cafe in Collegetown

Students outside a cafe in Collegetown

Ithacans are connected with and tolerant of one another. It’s not uncommon to run into friends, neighbors, professors, or fellow students on any downtown street.

Innovation and collaboration are not only Cornell Law School themes, they are evident even in the annual parade through downtown Ithaca, which features many innovative performances, including the Volvo Ballet and the He-Man Chainsaw Band.

Ithaca is home to more restaurants per capita than New York City, and these range from the vegetarian Moosewood Restaurant to the game-oriented Antlers Restaurant.