Though it's perhaps best known as the home of Eastman Kodak, the giant of the photographic business, Rochester, New York (74 mi/119 km east of Buffalo), is also the home of Xerox and Bausch & Lomb.

Downtown is the Corn Hill Landing Marina, where the canal boat Mary Jemison offers dinner cruises and tours of the Erie Canal and the Genesee River (May-November). The Rochester Public Market is a nice place to stroll and shop for farm-fresh produce and homemade delicacies.

Other attractions include the home of suffragette Susan B. Anthony, the world-class Eastman School of Music and the Strong National Museum of Play, with engaging family activities and thousands of vintage toys on display. History buffs may want to visit Mount Hope Cemetery, where slave-turned-abolitionist Frederick Douglass is buried.

The hamlet of Childs in Gaines, 30 mi/45 km west of Rochester, is known for its historic buildings made of cobblestone masonry. Built from small stones taken from area fields, the cobblestoned buildings date from the early to mid-1800s. There's a Cobblestone Museum in town and several buildings constructed of the stones, including a church, a parsonage and a one-room schoolhouse.

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