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Buffalo Introduction


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Buffalo, New York, may first conjure up thoughts of snow and more snow—the city is famous for its white winters. It also originated the spicy chicken wings that have become one of the country's favorite finger foods. Niagara Falls is only a short drive away and a world-famous travel destination, which, unfortunately, tends to overshadow Buffalo's other sights.  Click here to see the full Buffalo travel guide on Travel42 »

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Buffalo Geography


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Buffalo lies at the western edge of upstate New York, on Lake Erie at the start of the Niagara River. The river, which separates the U.S. from Canada, flows over Niagara Falls before emptying into Lake Ontario.   Click here to see the full Buffalo travel guide on Travel42 »

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Buffalo History


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Buffalo is not named for the American bison. Most historians believe it came from a corruption of beau fleuve, which is French for "beautiful river," because of the city's location at the start of the Niagara River. The six groups of the Iroquois League—the Mohawk, Oneida, Onondaga, Cayuga, Seneca and Tuscarora—created a thriving community in the area in the late 15th century. French explorer Daniel Joncaire arrived in 1758 and worked with the Iroquois to establish a fur trade. During the Revolutionary War, however, the Native American peoples in the region, who had sided with the British, were all but destroyed by American forces.   Click here to see the full Buffalo travel guide on Travel42 »

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Buffalo Sightseeing & Things to Do


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Buffalo boomed between 1825 and 1950, and that prosperity left a rich architectural record. With a few notable exceptions (among them the demolition of Frank Lloyd Wright's Larkin Building), city officials and residents have worked hard to preserve the legacy. From Victorian neighborhoods to Delaware Avenue mansions to impressive works by Wright, Louis Sullivan and H.H. Richardson, Buffalo's buildings are among its greatest charms. You'll find structures of architectural interest downtown, in Allentown, along Delaware Avenue, and in the Lincoln Parkway and Chapin Parkway areas.   Click here to see the full Buffalo travel guide on Travel42 »

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Buffalo Nightlife


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With the emergence of the club scene around Chippewa Street (from Main to Elmwood), Buffalo's downtown nightlife scene has heated up. The seedy bars that once inhabited the area have been replaced by dance clubs and taverns that draw the under-30 set, even on most weeknights. There’s a lively assortment of nightclubs and bars where you can boogie until dawn.   Click here to see the full Buffalo travel guide on Travel42 »

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Buffalo Restaurants & Dining


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They're called Buffalo wings everywhere else, but in Buffalo, they're simply wings. It's hard to find a sandwich shop, pizza joint or tavern that doesn't serve acceptable chicken wings. Orders come in several sizes, from single (usually 10 wings) to a bucket (typically 50 wings), and in three degrees of spiciness (mild, medium and hot). They're served with a setup: blue-cheese sauce for dipping and celery for munching. For authenticity, make a trip to the Anchor Bar, the restaurant credited with first serving wings.   Click here to see the full Buffalo travel guide on Travel42 »

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