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Enjoy a Tour of Cornell University 

Visit Ithaca's Premier Ivy League School

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Cornell University in Ithaca, NY

Make plans to visit New York soon. From the furthest reaches northwest in Buffalo to the highly popular and impressive streets and attractions within the heart of New York City – there's something for everyone in NY. 

Head for the Finger Lakes region of NY, the charming and scenic area home to cities like Ithaca and Cortland. You'll find a wide range of excellent things to see and do here, and a tour of the Cornell University campus should be high up on the list. 

You'll find Cornell just inland from the southern-most point of Cayuga Lake, near the heart of downtown Ithaca. In fact, Cayuga Lake has an off-shoot, Fall Creek, that runs directly through campus, leading to one of Cornell's highlights, Beebe Lake

Cornell University was established in 1865, and is one of the eight schools known as the Ivy League – New York also is home to Columbia University, found in Manhattan. 

You'll have plenty to see and do when you visit the Cornell campus. It's known as a "small city" campus because of it's massive size – nearly 4,800 acres. The school is named for former NY Senator Ezra Cornell who, in 1865 when the school was in need of a location, donated his Ithaca farm and an initial endowment of $500,000 from his personal wealth.

When you visit Cornell, an ideal day-trip for those traveling with high school seniors, be sure to take in as much of the campus highlights as you can. Don't miss your chance to see or climb to the top of McGraw Tower – few structures on campus yield panoramic views this impressive. 

You'll also want to check out the Beebe Lake Waterfall – Thurston Bridge offers up some of the best views on campus. The Sage Chapel is historic, and still today hosts many of the Cornell's religious functions. The Arts Quad features a wide range of sculptures, and open pastures – lay out a blanket and enjoy a picnic.

Sports fans will have a busy scheduler at Cornell. Visit during the fall and check out the Cornell Big Red football team play home games at Schoellkopf Field, while spring visitors can catch Bid Red baseball games at Hoy Field


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Best Western Plus Finger Lakes Inn & Suites

3175 Fingerlake East Drive (Off Route 13 South), Cortland NY 13045
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Best Western University Inn

1020 Ellis Hollow Road, Ithaca NY 14850-2808
Phone: +1 607-272-6100  |  Fax: (607) 272-1518  |  Hotel Details & Reservations »

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