Nestled in Steuben County in the beautiful Finger Lakes region, New York's largest wine producing region with over 100 wineries and vineyards, Corning was named the "most fun small town" in America. It has a certain charm that's hard to miss: streets lined with old buildings, quaint cafes alongside top restaurants and breweries, and world-class museums surrounded by stunning landscapes.
Corning is home to the world's largest glass museum dedicated to glass art and artifacts: The Corning Museum of Glass. "Nearly 50,000 objects representing more than 3,500 years of history are represented in their galleries."
Fun fact: At the museum one can experience live glass-blowing demonstrations and also create a one-of-a-kind keepsakes with their own hands!
The Contemporary Art + Design Wing is stunning! With over 900 skylights in the ceiling, the play of glass + light changes this space over the course of the day.
Corning: America's Crystal City.
Corning's Gaffer District, its historic Market Street, including dozens of locally-owned stores, amazing food, historic architecture, and tree-lined walkways is just minutes from The Corning Museum of Glass.
The 50 feet high clock tower in Centerway Square is a memorial to Erastus Corning, for whom the City of Corning is named.
The clock tower in Centerway Sqaure in downtown Corning.
Historic Market Street.
The Baron Steuben Place houses the Information Center of Corning, and several other businesses.
First Bank & Trust Company Building in downtown Corning.
Corning is also home to another world-class collection housed in The Rockwell Museum. It is the only Smithsonian affiliate in upstate New York. Housed in 1893 Old City Hall, the museum's collection explore the history of Native American artifacts, American landscapes, and works of contemporary American artists.
Fun fact: The buffalo crashing out of this building is the museum's mascot and is named Artemus (for "Art Is A Must").
Thomas S. Buechner Park nearby The Rockwell Museum.
The Historic Centerway Bridge connects the north and south sides of the city, across the Chemung River, since it was built in 1921. This beautiful pedestrian pathway was restored to its present state a few years back. Needless to say, the views from the bridge are simply lovely.