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About Ithaca

Ithaca is located in the heart of the Finger Lakes region of upstate New York. With its many gorges, lakes, and parks, natural beauty surrounds the campus. In fact, the Law School is bounded by Cascadilla Gorge with waterfalls and a short trail to downtown Ithaca.

Ithaca is accessible by plane, bus and car. Most major Northeastern cities are a reasonable drive or a short flight.


  • New York City - Four hours
  • Boston - Five and half hours
  • Washington, D.C. - Six hours
  • Syracuse - One hour
  • Rochester - One and a half hours
  • Philadelphia - Four hours
  • Toronto - Four hours
  • Montreal - Five and a half hours


Tomkins County Regional Airport (Ithaca, NY)
The Ithaca Airport is conveniently located approximately twenty minutes from the Cornell Campus. It serves the following air carriers: 

  • USAirways - US Airways offers non-stop service to New York’s LaGuardia airport and Philadelphia; both of which are less than an hour in the air. 
  • Northwest Airways - Northwest offers non-stop service to their domestic and international hub in Detroit. Connections beyond Detroit include destinations all throughout the United States, non-stop service to Asia, and many other global locations. 
  • United Airlines - In agreement with US Airways, United reaches destinations around the globe by offering travelers to fly USAir from Ithaca and connect to United flights beyond Pittsburg, Philadelphia, and New York City. 
  • Continental Connection - Continental Airline will be coming into Ithaca starting in October 2008 with four roundtrip flights a day as Continental Connection to Newark, NJ.

Hancock International Airport (Syracuse, NY)
Syracuse is just over an hour drive’s north of Ithaca. It serves a number of major carriers.


The Statler Hotel at Cornell University
11 East Avenue
Ithaca, NY 14853
(607) 257-2500
(800) 541-2501

Hilton Garden Inn
130 East Seneca Street
Ithaca, NY 14850
(607) 277-8900
Downtown, next to The Commons
Group Code: Environmental Law Conference
$119/per night plus tax, reserve by October 6

Best Western University Inn
1020 Ellis Hollow Road
Ithaca, NY 14850
(607) 272-6100
(800) 528-1234
2 miles from the law school; next to a shopping center

For a complete list including inns and B&B’s, please visit


With more restaurants per capita than New York City and a bounty of local and organic produce, dining in Ithaca is diverse.  For a complete list, please go to