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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.

Buffalo Harbor Cruises/Miss Buffalo II Cruise Boats

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.

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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..

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Buffalo, NY

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Travel Information

City Population

261,310

Elevation

680 ft.

Sales Tax

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.

Emergency

911

Police (non-emergency)

(716) 851-4444

Time and Temperature

(716) 844-4444

Hospitals

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.

Visitor Information

403 Main St. Buffalo, NY 14203. Phone:(716)852-0511 or (800)283-3256

Air Travel

Buffalo Niagara International Airport

Rental Cars

Hertz, (716) 632-4763 or (800) 654-3080, offers discounts to AAA members.

Rail Service

Amtrak has two connecting stations: one at Exchange Street near the junction of Main and Seneca streets and another on Dick Road, in Depew.

Buses

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.

Taxis

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.

Public Transportation

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.

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