Located in Ithaca, part of New York's Finger Lake region, Cornell University is one of the prestigious Ivy League colleges. The university, which has an enrollment of around 20,000, spans 2,300 acres and overlooks Cayuga Lake. It is consistently ranked among the top 20 universities in the United States by "US News and World Report" magazine. The school makes a scenic and interesting destination for students and non-students alike.
What to see at Cornell University
Cornell University has more than 200 buildings which offer examples of a diverse array of architectural styles, from Gothic to Victorian to mid-century modern.The college was named among the most beautiful campuses in the United States by "Travel + Leisure" magazine in 2011. Some of the campus highlights include the Gothic-style Sage Chapel, Cornell Plantations (a botanical garden that showcases native plants and trees), and the Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art, which was designed by architect I.M. Pei and features more than 35,000 works of art dating from the Middle Ages to the 20th century.
Other Ithaca attractions include the Sciencenter, a science discover museum for all ages, the Cayuga Nature Center and the Museum of the Earth, a natural history museum.
When visiting Cornell University, be sure to visit the Moosewood Restaurant in downtown Ithaca, one of the nation's first (and best-rated) vegetarian restaurants.
Visiting Cornell University
Ithaca is situated at the juncture of State Routes 13, 34 and 79, all of which are accessible from either I-80 or I-86. Cornell University occupies the northeast quadrant of town.
While in the Finger Lakes region, be sure to visit the Corning Glass Museum in nearby Corning, New York, some of the region's more than 100 wineries, and the Seward House Museum, home of New York's notable 19th century senator, in Auburn, New York.