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Vision statement

        Welcome to the City of Ithaca, a great place to live, learn, work, play, create and dream! 

Nestled in the beautiful Finger Lakes region of upstate New York, we invite you to experience what is uniquely ours - a quality of life that is nationally recognized. Ithaca's natural beauty is unmatched, highlighted by its rolling hills, Cayuga Lake, breathtaking gorges, and cascading waterfalls. A community of artists, writers, performers, along with some of the world's leading scientists and researchers, Ithaca boasts an environment that values creativity, intellect, achievement, and success. Theater and the arts abound in the region, and our local eateries are guaranteed to serve up your ethnic cuisine of choice. Ithaca is a very active and energetic community; we have outdoor recreation and sport choices for each of the four seasons - fortunate are we to experience all four! 


Our downtown features a vibrant pedestrian mall, one of a few left in the country.  With an eclectic mix of retail, food & beverage, business, and the arts, it is considered the cultural and political heart of the City. The Downtown Ithaca Alliance sponsors a variety of events that keeps our downtown an interesting and exciting experience each time you visit. Home to Cornell University, Ithaca College and Tompkins Cortland Community College, education is our major, but by no means our only, industry. These three internationally known and highly respected institutions of higher learning provide unmatched professional and personal development opportunities. The Visitor's Bureau is a great source of information on things to do, available accommodations and services located in the Ithaca and Tompkins County area, including suggestions for tours, weddings, and using Ithaca as a conference destination. Ithaca Events.com is a comprehensive calendar of what is happening on the local arts & culture scene and is a must read before you set your schedule for the day! See our related links on the side of the page for things to see and do during your stay. There is something here for everyone and if you can't see and do it all in one visit, we'll look forward to your return!