Those unfamiliar with Buffalo may wish to begin their sightseeing with an aerial view of the city from the observation deck of City Hall at Niagara Square downtown; phone (716) 851-4896. The deck is open Mon.-Fri. 8:30-4; closed holidays.
Many of Buffalo's historic structures have been renovated or restored; Allentown, a historic preservation district just south of North Street between Elmwood Avenue and Main Street, has Victorian buildings, ethnic restaurants, art galleries and boutiques. Information about tours of Allentown is available from the Allentown Association, 14 Allen St., Buffalo, NY 14202; phone (716) 881-1024.
Bus ToursBus tours of Buffalo are offered by Motherland Connextions Inc.; phone (716) 282-1028. During summer months, Campaign for Greater Buffalo gives historic and architectural tours aboard their Open-Air Autobus departing from Elmwood Street and Bidwell Parkway; phone (716) 854-3749.
A variety of guided walking tours of historic Buffalo can be arranged through Campaign for Greater Buffalo, (716) 854-3749, or Preservation Buffalo Niagara, (716) 852-3300.
Brochures for self-guiding walking tours are available from Visit Buffalo Niagara at 403 Main St..
AAA’s in-person hotel evaluations are unscheduled to ensure the inspector has an experience similar to that of members. To pass inspection, all hotels must meet the same rigorous standards for cleanliness, comfort and hospitality. These hotels receive a AAA Diamond designation that tells members what type of experience to expect.
The sales tax in Buffalo is 8.75 percent. There also is a 3-5 percent tax levied on lodgings and a 6 percent tax on rental cars.
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Buffalo General Medical Center, (716) 859-5600; Erie County Medical Center, (716) 898-3000; Mercy Hospital, (716) 826-7000; Sisters of Charity Hospital-St. Joseph Campus, (716) 891-2400.
403 Main St. Buffalo, NY 14203. Phone:(716)852-0511 or (800)283-3256
Buffalo Niagara International Airport
Hertz, (716) 632-4763 or (800) 654-3080, offers discounts to AAA members.
Amtrak has two connecting stations: one at Exchange Street near the junction of Main and Seneca streets and another on Dick Road, in Depew.
Greyhound Lines Inc. operates out of the Ellicott Street Bus Terminal downtown; phone (716) 855-7532 or (800) 231-2222. For New York Trailways information phone (800) 295-5555 or (800) 858-8555.
Cab companies include Airport Taxi Service, (716) 633-8294, and Queen City Taxi, (716) 874-5050. The base rate is $2.30 at flag drop plus $3 per mile.
The major Metro bus routes operate daily 5 a.m. to midnight. Service varies by route, but buses generally run every 20 minutes on weekdays. The base fare is $2; exact fare is required.