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Corning is located in the beautiful Finger Lakes region of Upstate New York. Located about 100 miles south of Rochester, the city straddles the Chemung River and is surrounded by wooded hills. While Corning is best known as the home of Corning Incorporated, it has also developed a reputation as one of America's "Best Little Arts Towns".
The Corning Museum of Glass is one of the premier tourist attractions in the state and shouldn't be missed. It's name is a bit of a misnomer as it is so much more than a museum housing over 45,000 glass objects from around the world. This facility combines art, history, science and technology. There's something of interest for everyone. Visitors can watch live dynamic glass-blowing demonstrations, see fiber optics and space-age technology and have a hands-on opportunity to make their own glass souvenir - definitely something you can't do at home! The city also boasts a wonderful museum of Western and Native American Art, (the Rockwell Museum of Western Art) and the Patterson Inn, a small living history museum. Another "Must See" near Corning is the Glenn H. Curtiss Museum, dedicated to Glenn Curtiss - the "Father of Naval Aviation". It's a short drive away in Hammondsport.
Historic Market Street forms the core of downtown Corning. A walkable street, you'll find gift shops, boutiques, art galleries, glass studios, antique stores, day spas and more. Plenty of dining options are available from casual to fine dining (from a delightful old-fashioned ice cream parlor to several upscale restaurants and everything in between). Centerway Square on Market Street is a favorite gathering place and the site of outdoor concerts, farmers markets and festivals throughout the year.
The Finger Lakes Region is home to over 100 wineries producing over 35 million gallons of wine annually. Many of these wineries are within a short drive from Corning and wine tours are very popular. If you love the outdoors, there are several state parks nearby, but the beautiful scenery is everywhere. Wander trails from gorges to hilltops. Travel country roads that wind past vineyards and farms to crystal clear lakes and charming villages. Whether you’re an outdoor enthusiast, a wine connoisseur, an art-lover or a history buff, discover Corning. It's worth the trip.