Trip L: Lake Erie - Allegany
A scenic road trip that follows
Lake Erie and the hills in
southwestern New York.
make a mistake in the Empire State!
The loop begins and ends in Buffalo,
the state's second largest city. You travel along Lake Erie through small
towns and miles of vineyards. Then you enter the valley of Chautauqua Lake,
home to one of the great cultural institutions of America. You head east
into the Allegany Country, the only place in the state not glaciated during
the Ice Ages. You see weird rock formations at Rock City near Olean. The
return trip to Buffalo takes you to the village of East Aurora, home base
to the artisan community of Roycroft.
Description of the
Buffalo take the Delaware Street (Rte. 384) north. You pass through one of
most fashionable neighborhoods in the city, with Victorian mansions from
Buffalo's golden age. Your first stop is the acclaimed Albright-Knox Art
Museum. Even if culture is not your thing, you will enjoy strolling the
grounds. Nearby is Delaware Park and the Buffalo Zoo, a favorite
Drive back toward downtown on Elmwood Avenue, the "Greenwich Village" of
Buffalo. There are many interesting shops and nice restaurants, especially
in the Allenwood section. When you reach Main Street, you will notice
that there is no traffic. The only moving vehicles are subway cars (above
ground here). In this part of the city, you can ride for free. When you are
ready to "hit the road," take Route 5 (The Skyway) south toward the industrial
suburb of Lackawanna. The steel plants are closed down, but this is
not a ghost town. Dominating the skyline is the Basilica, a tribute
of the faith of greater Buffalo's immigrant population.
The Albright-Knox Art Museum, a world-class gallery.
Delaware Park is nearby.
Also in Lackawanna is South Park and the Buffalo
Conservatory, that displays plants from all over the globe. Return to
Route 5 and follow Lake Erie's shoreline in a south- westerly direction.
Take the opportunity to visit one of the Lake Belt's many wineries. Stop
at Lake Erie State Park, a great place for swimming. Also, you can
see lighthouses that dot the coast line (like the one in Barcelona,
pictured at the far left).
Barcelona is where you turn away from Lake Erie on Rte. 394, through Westfield
and on to Chautauqua Lake. About ten miles down
the lake you arrive at the Chautauqua Institution, which has been
a popular cultural get-away for over a century. If you are going during the
summer season, reservations are recom- mended. At the south end of the lake
is small city of Jamestown. TV fans should see the Lucy-Desi Museum
in the city center. Jamestown was Lucille Balls' home town.
|On the outskirts of Jamestown, you
pick up I-86 (formerly Rte. 17), the Southern Tier Expressway. (For those
who prefer a slower pace, stay on Rte. 394). Use Exit 17 to enter Allegany
State Park, the largest in the state. Since glaciers never scoured this
landscape, it has a unique atmosphere. There are many places for camping,
hiking, and picnicking. Road ASP 1 takes you to Salamanca, the only
city in an Indian Reservation. There is casino here, and the Seneca-Iroquois
National Museum is a great place to learn about native culture and history.
Return to I-86 east and get off in Olean. Drive through the city on Rte.
16. Around ten miles south of town is Rock City, a maze of rocks that
you can hike through.
Backtrack through Olean and stay on Rte. 16. The road follows a glacial valley
(a trough). Take a side trip on Rte. 39 into Arcade. You can
ride the historic train of the Attica-Arcade Line.
Return to Rte. 16 northbound. It will take you into the pleasant village
of East Aurora, home to Fisher-Price and the Roycroft Community.
Shoppers will like Vidlers General Store in the middle of the business section.
Outside East Aurora you can pick up Rte. 400, an expressway that leads back
Red House Lake in the middle of huge Allegany
to go to see New York Geography
up close and personal.
on the links below!