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Atlas Obscura A Forgotten Figure in the Early History of Flight

Driving a country highway in upstate New York, you don’t expect to see a shining metal plane from World War II on the side of the road.

This Curtiss C-46 “Commando” marks the entrance to the Glenn H. Curtiss Aviation Museum, an aviation collection dedicated to the memory of one America’s earliest pilots. 

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Atlas Obscura 2021
72.46km
Corning Glass Bulb Flag

Discover Corning Glass Bulb Flag in Wellsboro, Pennsylvania: This unique creation was made by the largest manufacturer of Christmas bulbs in 1946 to honor those returning from World War II.

Atlas Obscura 2020
57.73km
Ice Age Glacial Exhibit

Discover Ice Age Glacial Exhibit in Ithaca, New York: This exhibit allows visitors to wander through the interior of a replica Ice Age glacial cave.

Atlas Obscura 2017
89.73km
The Site Where Susan B. Anthony Voted Illegally

The spot is marked with a bronze ballot box, dubbed the 1872 Monument.

Atlas Obscura 2019
46.69km
John W. Jones Museum

Discover John W. Jones Museum in Elmira, New York: A historical home in upstate New York honors the work of John W. Jones, a formerly enslaved man who was a major agent for the Underground Railroad.

Brutalism 1959
86.65km
First Unitarian Church
Atlas Obscura 2019
61.68km
Cornell Hip Hop Collection

Discover Cornell Hip Hop Collection in Ithaca, New York: This rare archive of original recordings and photos uncovers the early days of hip hop culture.

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62.85km
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Cornell Stocking Hall and Dairy Observation Gallery Tour
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Atlas Obscura 2019
57.07km
Spud Chuckin’

Discover Spud Chuckin' in Romulus, New York: Launch vegetables using oversized slingshots at this Fingerlakes winery's roadside attraction.

Atlas Obscura 2017
73.95km
The Press That First Printed the Book of Mormon

5,000 copies of the religious text were printed at the E. B. Grandin Building in 1829.

Atlas Obscura 2018
46.31km
Mark Twain’s Grave

Discover Mark Twain's Grave in Elmira, New York: The little-known final resting place of one of America's greatest writers.

Atlas Obscura 2022
62.39km
The Cornell Apple Vending Machine

Discover The Cornell Apple Vending Machine in Ithaca, New York: For a buck, students can snag freshly picked apples grown in the university orchards.

Atlas Obscura 2021
48.35km
Celadon Terra Cotta Building

Discover Celadon Terra Cotta Building in Alfred, New York: A physical catalog of ceramics made by the now-defunct Celadon Terra Cotta company.

Atlas Obscura 2018
87.49km
ARTISANworks

Discover ARTISANworks in Rochester, New York: The floor-to-ceiling collection in an old factory is a unique alternative to stuffy galleries.

Atlas Obscura 2019
87.8km
Haunted Vista

Discover Haunted Vista in Wellsboro, Pennsylvania: A rock maze opens up to a panoramic viewpoint at an abandoned mine full of ghost stories.

Atlas Obscura 2019
60.19km
Namgyal Monastery

Discover Namgyal Monastery in Ithaca, New York: This peaceful gem in upstate New York was chosen as the future home of the 14th Dalai Lama's Library and Museum.

Atlas Obscura 2019
56.36km
Mike Weaver Drain Tile Museum

Discover Mike Weaver Drain Tile Museum in Geneva, New York: This museum pays homage to a device that precipitated a watershed moment in Finger Lakes food production.

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64.16km
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Cornell Teaching Dairy Barn Tour
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Atlas Obscura 2021
99.05km
Sam Patch’s Grave

Discover Sam Patch's Grave in Rochester, New York: Known by nicknames like the "Jersey Jumper" and the "Daring Yankee," Patch was the first famous daredevil in the United States.

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57.73km
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Rock of Ages, Sands of Time
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Atlas Obscura 2022
75.86km
Finger Lakes Drive-In

Discover Finger Lakes Drive-In in Auburn, New York: Opened in 1947, this is the oldest continuously-operating drive-in theater in New York.

Atlas Obscura 2017
86.78km
Rochester Lilac Festival

Discover Rochester Lilac Festival in Rochester, New York: One of the largest festivals of flowers in North America takes place, appropriately, in the Flower City.

Atlas Obscura 2019
87.81km
The Playhouse Swillburger

Discover The Playhouse Swillburger in Rochester, New York: A bar, burger joint, and arcade housed in a late 19th-century church building.

Atlas Obscura 2020
87.22km
Warner Castle

Discover Warner Castle in Rochester, New York: This New York estate was designed to resemble a medieval Scottish castle.

Brutalism
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Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art
Atlas Obscura 2017
64km
A Historic House With Ties to Abolition and Suffrage

The M’Clintock house was a stop on the Underground Railroad and hosted the First Women’s Rights Convention.

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54.51km
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Taughannock State Park geology tour
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Atlas Obscura 2020
124.84km
MGM-13 Mace Missile

Discover MGM-13 Mace Missile in Mildred, Pennsylvania: This decommissioned surface-to-surface missile resides outside the American Legion Post in Pennslyvania.

Atlas Obscura 2018
84.33km
Cary Graphic Arts Collection

Discover Cary Graphic Arts Collection in Rochester, New York: Explore the evolution of printing technology, from cuneiform to Kindle.

Atlas Obscura 2019
79.66km
Fort Hill Cemetery

Discover Fort Hill Cemetery in Auburn, New York: The final resting place of Harriet Tubman and other famous historical figures.

Atlas Obscura 2018
73.88km
Fairy Houses of Mendon Ponds Park

Discover Fairy Houses of Mendon Ponds Park in Honeoye Falls, New York: An unassuming nature trail winds through dozens of tiny houses built for the wee people.

Atlas Obscura 2017
93.15km
A Giant Steel Sculpture With Animals In Its Shadows

The sculpture projects the shapes of plants and animals on the ground when the sun hits it at the right angle.

Atlas Obscura 2018
87.05km
Hutchison Hall Specimen Collection

Discover Hutchison Hall Specimen Collection in Rochester, New York: Antique skeletons and taxidermy creatures were found crammed in a university closet.

Atlas Obscura 2017
89.38km
Secret Room at the Rochester Central Library

It's hidden behind a swinging shelf in the children's section.

Atlas Obscura 2021
49.73km
Taughannock Giant

Discover Taughannock Giant in Trumansburg, New York: A reproduction of a giant humanoid "fossil," a hoax buried locally for construction crews to find and gain national attention.

Atlas Obscura 2017
95.02km
The Largest Guitar Store in the World

The labyrinthine shop has been visited by some of music's all-time greats.

Atlas Obscura 2017
62.16km
Expertly Crafted, Scientifically Accurate Glass Sea Creatures

Once an international phenomenon, they spent years gathering dust in the storage facilities of universities and museums.

Atlas Obscura 2019
57.05km
Cayuga Nature Center

Discover Cayuga Nature Center in Ithaca, New York: A six-story treehouse offers spectacular views of New York's Finger Lakes region.

Atlas Obscura 2017
89km
The Dr. Seussophone

Discover The Dr. Seussophone in Rochester, New York: A Seussian sculpture made of brass instruments.

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57.73km
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Museum of the Earth Tour
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Brutalism
62.44km
Bradfield Hall, Cornell University
Atlas Obscura 2017
82.53km
The General Motors of Pianos

At its height, the New York factory produced 700 pianos a week.

Atlas Obscura 2017
89.73km
Rochester’s Signature Dish is the ‘Garbage Plate’

It all started at Nick Tahou Hots in 1918.

Atlas Obscura 2017
1.07km
Octagon House in New York

Discover T.M. Younglove Octagon House in Hammondsport, New York: In the mid-19th century, an eight-sided house was the latest fad.

Atlas Obscura 2017
66.85km
A Suicide Attempt on This New York Bridge Helped Inspire ‘It’s a Wonderful Life’

Residents of Seneca Falls have a good reason for believing their town inspired the film.

Atlas Obscura 2018
54.76km
Pollywogg Hollër

Discover Pollywogg Hollër in Belmont, New York: An off the grid woodland retreat that harkens back to days long forgotten.

Atlas Obscura 2021
49.08km
Rod Serling’s Grave

Discover Rod Serling's Grave in Interlaken, New York: The final resting place for the famed creator and narrator of "The Twilight Zone.".

Atlas Obscura 2021
61.31km
The Scythe Tree

Discover The Scythe Tree in Waterloo, New York: A rusted blade sticks out from the trunk of this tree, left as a memorial to a young man who left to fight in the Civil War but never returned home.

Atlas Obscura 2017
57.25km
Gourdlandia

Discover Gourdlandia in Ithaca, New York: This art center is way beyond your average pumpkin carving operation.