One of the largest cities in New York State, Buffalo is often overlooked by people who come to the north-eastern United States in favour of other cities and attractions, but they’re missing out! Buffalo is within easy reach of many natural wonders and, during winter, it can look more visually stunning than any other city in the entire country. It’s one of the cleanest cities in the US and has nightlife to rival that of many other major cities elsewhere in the northeast and across the border in Ontario. It’s a good place to watch top-class sports teams, learn about the state’s history and get up close to nature, although if you visit during the winter, be prepared to bring a few extra layers of clothing!
In winter, something more powerful may be needed to cope better with black ice and falling snow on the road. A family saloon car with winter tyres should be sufficient.
Driving in Buffalo
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Important things to note
Rush hour in Buffalo occurs between 6.30am and 9.00am in the morning and from 4pm to 6.30pm in the evenings, only on weekdays.
Although it’s a fairly large city, the sophisticated road network means that traffic in Buffalo is less problematic than in other parts of the States, making journey times shorter.
The main route into and out of the city is the New York State Thruway (Interstate 90), which is a toll highway except for the portion going through the suburbs.
Highlights & Hotspots
The Buffalo Museum of Science is a family-friendly venue during the daytime. It is home to around 700,000 different artefacts and specimens relating to the physical and biological sciences, many of them relevant to the local area.
One of the more unique museums in Buffalo is the Buffalo Fire Historical Society Museum. Set inside a former fire station, the museum has antique fire trucks, equipment such as old hoses and exhibitions related to fire safety.
The Albright-Knox Art Gallery is the largest gallery in Buffalo. It has works from the likes of Joan Miro, Jackson Pollock and Pablo Picasso on permanent display, while up-and-coming local artists get to show off their works here from time to time.
Buffalo is within just a few miles of Niagara Falls, one of the world’s most outstanding natural beauty spots. They can be very popular with tourists during the summer, but are well worth visiting to see them up close.
Buffalo Niagara International Airport is eight miles north of Downtown Buffalo. It‚Äôs the third largest airport in New York State, has one main passenger terminal and serves flights mainly to and from other parts of the US.
The airport is on Niagara Falls Boulevard, which goes eastwards then south right into the centre of Buffalo. It‚Äôs also meets with the ring road, which connects to Interstate 90.