The Chautauqua-Allegheny area of the western region is imbued with Victorian architecture and is home to the Seneca Nation and an Amish community. Eighty miles of trails lure hikers at Allegany State Park, and the Chautauqua Institution captures the days of the 19th Century. Wineries along Lake Erie's shore gladly open their doors to visitors. The Davis Memorial Carillon at Alfred University offers an unusual musical treat with 47 bells, one weighing 3,850 pounds.
The Greater Niagara area, whose cascading tiara is the 10,000 year-old Niagara Falls, offers many additional attractions. Called the "Grand Canyon of the East," Letchworth State Park dominates the area. History is alive at the Native American Center for the Living Arts and Fort Niagara. The city of Buffalo has sought-after theater, a well-known symphony and noted architecture. Also in Buffalo is the Paul Robeson Theatre/African American Cultural Center.
The Finger Lakes area, noted for its gorges, waterfalls and glacier lakes, also is home to cutting-edge museums; the George Eastman House and International George Eastman House Museum in Rochester and the Corning Museum of Glass in Corning are two examples. The grape is king in this vast area of vineyards, rivaling any in the nation. A 1700s Seneca long-house awaits visitors at
Ganondagan State Historic Site, the only one in New York oriented to Native Americans.