- About Ithaca
& Tompkins County
& Event Planning
Ithaca is Gorges
Our widely known ‘Ithaca is Gorges’ motto is no exaggeration – Ithaca is gorgeous. But Ithaca is more than waterfalls and gorges. In our corner of the Finger Lakes Region of New York, we’ve become a destination known for cultural events, activities and outstanding outdoor recreation. Our population is infused with the constant energy of youth from the bright students and faculty of Ithaca College and Cornell University – making it a unique and dynamic vacation destination that is charming, intelligent and varied.
Discover why so many visitors come back to Ithaca year after year. From charming B&B's for a romantic Finger Lakes vacation to affordable hotels and motels for college visits, Ithaca has lodging for everyone. Numerous lodging packages and deals are available year round to help you save money on your next trip to Ithaca.
Dine in World Renowned Restaurants
Savor the tastes of the region at the famous vegetarian Moosewood Restaurant or one of the many other restaurants in Ithaca. With more restaurants per capita than New York City and a number of area wineries along the Cayuga Wine Trail, Ithaca has something to please any palette.
Experience Events, Music and History
Ithaca boasts a rich historical legacy – and is the birthplace of the Ice Cream Sundae. Throughout the year, you’ll find an array of arts and cultural attractions from multiple music venues to numerous galleries featuring work by local and regional artists. Partake in family-friendly shopping on Ithaca’s pedestrian mall, the Commons, or enjoy the diverse theatre and museum offerings. Whatever your mood, you can listen, discover and explore your way through Ithaca.
Explore an Outdoor Wonderland
No matter the season, explore the beauty of the outdoors in Ithaca. Spend a sunny day touring one of waterfalls and gorges or relax on the Finger Lakes’ largest lake, Cayuga Lake. You’ll find over 28,000 acres of public New York State forest ripe for skiing, hiking, mountain biking, and exploring.