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Situated on Lake Erie, less than 30 minutes from Niagara Falls, Buffalo was once the “Gateway to the West,” the eighth largest city in the United States with the most millionaires per capita. The city’s extraordinary architecture by Frank Lloyd Wright, Louis Sullivan, H.H. Richardson and other American visionaries reflects that wealth. Buffalo’s prominence also led to an incredible collection of modern art at the Albright-Knox Art Gallery, including masterworks by Jackson Pollock, Pablo Picasso and Andy Warhol.

There are many ways to experience Buffalo’s rich history. Walk where President Theodore Roosevelt took the oath of office at an interactive museum operated by the National Park Service, the Theodore Roosevelt Inaugural National Historic Site. See a touring Broadway show at the palatial, restored Shea’s Performing Arts Center, the anchor of Buffalo’s Theater District. Tour the former home of an American industrial magnate at Frank Lloyd Wright’s sprawling Martin House Complex. Step back in time to the golden age of jazz at the Colored Musician’s Club and Museum, take a Buffalo River History Cruise to see one of the world’s largest collections of grain elevators up close or learn the story of a great American city at the Buffalo History Museum.

In recent years, Buffalo’s story has entered a new chapter: The city has experienced over $1 billion in new development, including over $300 million on its waterfront. Whole neighborhoods have been revitalized, and former industrial areas like Larkin Square have been repurposed as parks, craft breweries and spaces for food truck rodeos and weekly concerts. Green space and bike trails line the city’s lakefront, and new hotels, restaurants and hundreds of weekly events are populating Canalside, Buffalo’s inner harbor that surrounds the historic western terminus of the Erie Canal. Business districts like the Elmwood Village, Allentown and Hertel Avenue are bustling with boutiques, restaurants and nightlife options.

Buffalo is world famous for the creation of the chicken wing, first served at the Anchor Bar in 1964. But the city’s culinary scene goes far beyond wings at over 400 independently owned restaurants, serving everything from locally sourced cuisine and fine dining to beef on weck, sponge candy and other regional delicacies. Make sure to wash down that food with a local beer; more than a half dozen craft breweries are capitalizing on Buffalo’s proud brewing history.

Families will have no shortage of fun at the Buffalo Zoo, Buffalo Museum of Science, and Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, while a natural wonder of the world, Niagara Falls, is just a short drive away. The village of East Aurora, the birthplaces of the American arts and crafts movement, is a great spot for a weekend getaway, while hikers and day-trippers can find great outdoor adventures along the Niagara Gorge and Zoar Valley.

Buffalo, the City of Good Neighbors, looks forward to seeing you soon!

Fun Fact

Enjoying chicken wings at Anchor Bar
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Buffalo-style Chicken wings were first served at the Anchor Bar on Main Street in 1964.

Photo: KC Kratt

Exhibits at the Theodore Roosevelt Inaugural National Historic Site
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Theodore Roosevelt was one of the only presidents to take the oath of office outside the nation’s capital. He did so in Buffalo in 1901; retrace his steps at the Theodore Roosevelt Inaugural National Historic Site.

Photo: Nancy J. Parisi

A couple sits outside Martin House, designed by Frank Lloyd Wright
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Buffalo is one of only a handful of cities in the United States to boast over a half-dozen designs by Frank Lloyd Wright.

Photo: Rhea Anna

Aerial view of Asheville, North Carolina
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A painter at the Allentown Art Festival
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Nancy J. Parisi
On the Garden Walk in July
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Rhea Anna


Garden Walk Buffalo


Friends enjoying food at the Taste of Buffalo
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KC Kratt


Taste of Buffalo


The Buffalo Theater, site of Curtain Up! performances
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Jim Bush


Curtain Up!


Enjoying chicken wings at the Buffalo Wing Festival
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