By Andrew D. Mapes
Syracuse
New York
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The city of Syracuse has more than its fair share of engaging cultural attractions. Brimming with shopping centers, entertainment venues, trade fairs, and nightclubs, the city is the veritable bustling metropolis. Serviced by the Syracuse Hancock International Airport (SYR), EscapeWizard.com encourages you to book your next flight to The Salt City at (www.escapewizard.com/flight.php). And when looking for a hotel, be sure to look at this hotel finder on the website at (www.escapewizard.com/hotels.php?flag=htl).

Much of the contemporary success that the city of Syracuse enjoys is due in a large part to the salt industry that flourished from the 1800s to the early twentieth century. Establishing itself as the economic center during those salt industry days, Syracuse has grown to be a large city in New York State.

EscapeWizard.com’s selection on where to start your Syracuse tour is Clinton Square which has evolved to become a cultural as well as entertainment center for the city. Clinton Square enjoys year round events such as the Taste of Syracuse in early June, where local vendors showcase their culinary wares, and The Rhythm and Blues Festival in July. The square also features the historic Landmark Theater that offers a variety of performances housed amidst the cities sole surviving theater built in the signature architectural style of the 1920’s and The Oncenter complex that houses a convention center, sporting arena and its own set of theaters. As the economic hub of the city, Clinton Square is in walking distance of the downtown districts, Hanover Square, and Armory Square.

If there is a beating heart of commerce in Syracuse it is Armory Square. Armory Square, along with Hanover Square comprise what might be called the nightclub district of Syracuse. Both sections of downtown Syracuse feature nightclubs, cafes, and an assortment of bars and/pubs. A myriad of shops and entertainment venues for every taste and interest; be it clothing or music, recreation or relaxation are to be found there along with fine dining opportunities one might expect interspersed within.

The Carousel Mall is perhaps the most familiar icon of Americana associated with Syracuse. The mall boasts four floors of shopping bliss, with department stores, specialty gift shops and a colorful assortment of retail stores for any and all kinds of shopper. The mall owes its namesake from the fully functional antique carousel, the eighteenth produced by the Philadelphia Toboggan Company in 1909 located in the food court on the second floor where rides are only a dollar.  

Among the greatest attractions on the Syracuse area is the Empire Expo Center, also called the state fairgrounds which hosts year round trade fairs, the most notable being the Great New York State fair in late August. The Great New York State Fair is a huge gathering of vendors from across the state to showcase their wares, but the fair is much more than a mere farmers market. There are all the things you would expect to find at a fair, classic rides like bumper cars and teacups, games of skill and chance, and of course the food! Besides the usual fair fare there are a plethora of shows and exhibits including an animal show and a sculpture made entirely out of cheese.
   
The city of Syracuse is truly an example of the modern metropolis. Having a nightlife that never quits and cutting edge shopping and dining makes it an exciting destination for any travel itinerary. All of the sites are easy to access with the cities public transportation options. Be sure to follow the links above to take your steps into the cultural hotspot that is the city of Syracuse.
Hotels in Syracuse
By Keleigh M. Quinn
Sheraton Syracuse University Hotel & Conference Center
801 University Avenue, Syracuse, NY
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Located right on the campus of Syracuse University, the recently updated Sheraton Syracuse University Hotel & Conference Center is a convenient and comfortable place to stay. Business travelers will enjoy the Oncenter Convention Center Complex and short distance from the downtown businesses. In addition to all of the activities on campus, you can also easily reach Armory Square, with many shops and restaurants to enjoy, the Rosamond Gifford Zoo, the Everson Museum of Art and the Carousel Center. There are many outdoor activities to enjoy, including fishing and hiking in the Erie Canal parks. Complimentary transportation is provided to and from Hancock International Airport and the bus/rail terminal.

The guest rooms have one king, two doubles, or two queen Sheraton Sweet Sleeper Beds. Suites are available, which provide separate bedrooms and living areas, as well as a sofa bed. If you need to get some work done during your stay, you can use the large desk provided for you. There is also complimentary wireless high speed internet access.  When you’re ready to relax, you can rent an in-room movie on the flat screen television and lounge in the bathrobe provided for you. The rooms also have a refrigerator, as well as a coffee maker.

Room Service is available, or you can head down to Rachel’s, open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. This Tuscan-themed restaurant features steaks, pasta and seafood dishes prepared with fresh, local ingredients. You can also visit Sitrus on the Hill, which serves delicious American dishes, as well as exciting cocktails. They often have live Jazz music for you to enjoy.

The Sheraton Syracuse University Hotel has everything a busy traveler might need, including a full Business Center, large meeting facilities, and an excellent event staff that can help you plan and run an event of any size. There is also a 24 hour fitness center, indoor heated pool and sauna.

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