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Marvel at thun­der­ing wa­ter­falls and boun­ti­ful na­ture, then tour vin­tage Amer­i­can ar­chi­tec­ture

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Avisit to the Buf­falo Niagara area, tucked in the north­west cor­ner of New York state, de­liv­ers a twofold bonus to trav­el­ers. Ex­plor­ing the city of Buf­falo, known for its cre­ativ­ity, cul­ture and de­sign, turns up a wealth of in­trigu­ing ar­chi­tec­ture and op­u­lent gar­dens. While its prox­im­ity to North Amer­ica’s most im­pres­sive cas­cades at the Niagara Falls State Park of­fers a chance to ex­pe­ri­ence the power of three mas­sive wa­ter­falls.

Buf­falo sits at the foot of a gi­gan­tic se­ries of wa­ter­ways: Lake Erie to the west, Niagara Falls to the north and Buf­falo River me­an­der­ing to the south. Con­sid­ered one of the best planned cities in Amer­ica, Buf­falo boasts a ra­dial and grid street de­sign com­ple­mented by a park sys­tem that cre­ated com­pact walk­a­ble neigh­bor­hoods, where bi­cy­cle rid­ing and dog walk­ing are daily ac­tiv­i­ties. Sprawl­ing shade trees, public foun­tains, mon­u­ments and crafts­man­ship houses make ex­plor­ing on foot fun.

Home to some of the great­est Amer­i­can ar­chi­tec­ture of the late 19th and early 20th cen­turies, Buf­falo is the place to tour mul­ti­ple works by Frank Lloyd Wright, in­clud­ing the 1904 Martin House Com­plex, an ex­am­ple of his Prairie style; and Gray­cliff, a sum­mer es­tate set on a cliff above Lake Erie that il­lus­trates his or­ganic ar­chi­tec­tural de­sign.

A stop at the Buf­falo & Erie County Botan­i­cal Gar­dens in­cludes a visit to the tri-domed Vic­to­rian-style con­ser­va­tory and nine green­houses where im­pres­sive col­lec­tions of or­chids, cacti, bon­sai, rain­for­est species and other plants are on dis­play.

Ven­ture north from Buf­falo to Niagara Falls, which strad­dles the bor­der be­tween Canada’s prov­ince of On­tario and New York. The Maid of the Mist boat tour cruises to the base of the Amer­i­can Falls then on to the Horse­shoe Falls pass­ing crash­ing rapids and rock for­ma­tions be­fore drop­ping pas­sen­gers at the ob­ser­va­tion el­e­va­tor for a dra­matic view of the falls. The Cave of the Winds tour guides vis­i­tors on foot over wooden walk­ways to the third falls, Bridal Veil Falls, where the ex­hil­a­ra­tion of stand­ing within 20 feet of the plung­ing wa­ters is a mem­o­rable—and wet—ex­pe­ri­ence.

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