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A lone visitor at Taughannock Falls State Park,
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A lone visitor at Taughannock Falls State Park, about 10 miles north of Ithaca, NY. (May 2007)(Credit: Newsday)

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Visiting Ithaca

Ithaca, home to Cornell University and Ithaca College, repeatedly turns up on Best U.S. College Town lists, often in the top spot -- and for good reason.

With beautiful gorges, state parks, a Collegetown neighborhood bustling with nightlife, and The Commons, a four-block pedestrian shopping area with outdoor live music, restaurants and quirky boutiques, Ithaca is a great stop for nature lovers, hikers, campers and foodies -- as well as co-eds.