Though the name Buffalo, New York, may conjure up images of the majestic American Bison, the city was actually named by its French settlers for the beautiful river, or beau fleuve, that rolls through it. This upstate town was one of the country's early centers of industrialism, and though many of the factories have now closed, it's still a mecca for students, foodies, and nature lovers alike.
Located in scenic upstate New York, Buffalo is an easy city to get around in. This city was built by public transportation and this service remains a priority today. While most Buffalonians drive around the area, there are plenty of options when it comes to public transportation. The Metro Rail, which is free as long as you don't pass through the subway, will take you from Niagara Falls, though downtown, and past the university. Elsewhere in the Buffalo, the city busses will take you wherever you need to go.'