The natural world of Ithaca is breathtaking.You can easily escape your desk by hiking trails along the gorges, taking dips in waterfalls and lakes, biking on woodland paths, skiing down slopes and across fields, or picnicking in the area's many state parks.
When taking a break from your studies you can jog or bike on trails in one of Ithaca's local or state parks. Enjoy wine tasting year round and apple picking in the fall. Rent a kayak or take sailing lessons on Cayuga Lake. Visit an organic winery or farm. Or head eight miles north to Taughannock Falls, the tallest waterfall in the northeast. There's no end to the ways you can explore and get active.
It's not uncommon to run into friends, neighbors, professors, or fellow students on any downtown street. Ithaca has more restaurants per capita than New York City, and it attracts diners from all around the world. Ithaca was recognized as one of the "foodiest" towns in the US by Bon Appetit Magazine. Ithaca is home to the famous Moosewood Restaurant, whose award-winning vegetarian cookbooks attract diners from around the country.
A sampling of national accolades include:
- "The 10 Best Small Cities for Educated Millennials" Business Insider
"The Best College Towns for Students" The Fiscal Times
"10 Best Wine Travel Destinations" Wine Enthusiast Magazine
- "I Heart My City: Alizés Ithaca" National Geographic
- "The 16 Greatest Places to Live in America" Outside Magazine
- "Top 5 College Towns in the Country" Travelers Today
- "How well do you really know Ithaca?" by The Ithaca Voice