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Ithaca is a small city of about fifty thousand residents. It is known for its the many gorges carved into the hills in town by streams and rivers.
The population of Ithaca typically doubles every fall as students return to class at Cornell University and Ithaca College.
Founded in 1821 at the sourthermost tip of Cayuga Lake, it has always been a cultural meca for the Finger Lakes region, due in no small part to its institutions of higher learning.
Ithaca was a vital stop on the Underground Railroad, and has a colorful history. It is a great jumping off point for the Finger Lakes Wine Trail, and abounds with good hotels, great restaurants, and wonderful scenery.