Ithaca Featured in NatGeo’s Intelligent Travel Section

Cornell’s McGraw Tower. Photo by S. Inman

Over the last several years, dozens of our interns have been Cornellians, and some have even been born-and-bred Ithacans. It is often said that Ithaca is “ten square miles surrounded by reality,” for reasons that we won’t go into here and might be gleaned from the text below. But if Ithaca is sometimes seen as a bubble, then it can be expected that students at Cornell University or, to a lesser degree, Ithaca College live in an even more insulated shell that separates them from the city of Ithaca.

So it’s somewhat refreshing to see a descriptive post by an Ithaca resident–but McGill University graduate–in National Geographic’s Intelligent Travel section. Under the “Beyond the Guidebook” category, Alizé Carrère wrote a quick but information-packed list of things that she loves about her city, which you can read below or here:

Summer is the best time to visit my city because that’s when Ithaca really comes to life. Many of the college students leave for summer break, so the city opens up and all of the best outdoor attractions are in their prime. You can enjoy waterfall hikes, summer concerts in the park, patio happy hours, fresh produce in local restaurants, and twilights that stretch into the nine o’clock hour.

You can see my city best from the top floor of Cornell University’s Johnson Art Museum, which reveals a near 360-degree view of Ithaca, including Cornell’s beautiful campus and the south end of Cayuga Lake. The museum itself, which looks like a giant sewing machine, was designed by renowned architect I.M. Pei, the creative mind behind the striking (and once controversial) glass pyramid in front of the Louvre.

Locals know to skip Regal Cinemas and check out Cinemapolis—Ithaca’s local movie theater specializing in independent, foreign, and locally-produced films—instead. I particularly enjoy diving into their buttered popcorn sprinkled with brewer’s yeast—an Ithaca twist on an American tradition. It’s addictive.

In the summer, the Ithaca Farmers Market is the place to buy authentic, local souvenirs. If you’re visiting in winter when the market is closed, you can stop by Handwork, a cooperative craft store where you’ll find locally made products ranging from ceramics and glass to leather and wood.

In the past, notable people like Carl Sagan and Vladimir Nabokov have called my city home.Famed astrophysicist and host of the original Cosmos series, Sagan was a longtime Ithaca resident and Cornell professor, and Nabokov wrote his most renowned book, Lolita, during the decade he spent in the city while teaching at Cornell University.

My city’s best museum is the Museum of the Earth because, really, who doesn’t love a natural history museum that takes you on a journey through our planet’s 4.5 billion years of existence? Upon entering you can study a 44-foot-long skeleton of a North Atlantic Right Whale…and find out why whales have hip bones (trust me, you want to know).

Read the full article at its source here.

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