Perched atop Lake Erie, Buffalo was called Queen City in the early 1900s. It had become a major hub of transport after the Erie Canal was built, connecting Lake Erie to the Hudson River in Albany. Perhaps best know as a gateway to Niagara Falls, Buffalo is a destination in its own right, with its location situated among abundant natural beauty. The city is home to buildings designed by Louis H. Sullivan and other well-known architects. The parks in Buffalo were designed by the landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted, the designer of Central Park in Manhattan. Among a dozen parks, Delaware Park and South Park are the most visited, with Delaware Park offering boating on Hoyt Lake as well as trails for hiking and biking, and South Park featuring a lake and lovely botanical gardens. With lots to see in and around Buffalo, you’ll want to stay the night. This summer, choose a waterfront cabin or rustic cottage near Lake Erie for a memorable trip to Western New York.