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Far Above Cayuga's Waters: A Visit to Ithaca, New York
Many people travel to Ithaca, New York because they have some connection with Cornell University. That was certainly the case for my husband and me on a recent trip to Ithaca for my 25th college reunion. However, Ithaca and the surrounding Finger Lakes area offer attractions aplenty for anyone who enjoys lovely green countryside, charming small towns, and beautiful lakes and streams.
One of the best resources for planning a trip to Ithaca is available on the Web. It's Cornell's CUinfo system, with information about the university and the Ithaca area. Where appropriate in this article I've included links to specific topics in CUinfo, but there is much more information available if you take the time to browse. Another source of information is IthacaNet, a community-supported Web site.
Ithaca is located on the southern tip of Cayuga Lake, one of the largest of the Finger Lakes that dot the center of upstate New York. While these lakes once played an important role in commercial transportation, they are now primarily used for swimming, boating, fishing, and other recreation. No matter where you go in the central upstate area, you're never very far from one of these picturesque lakes.