City of Buffalo

Shoreline Trail

City of Buffalo
  • 8 miles
  • 3 to 4 hours
  • 1 hour
  • Dog-friendly
  • Paved

Trail Overview

This 8-mile Empire State Trail section starts at Buffalo Harbor State Park on the shore of Lake Erie, where there is ample free parking, visitor services, and a formal “Gateway” marking the beginning/end of the Empire State Trail. Street parking and visitor services are available in Buffalo at many locations a short distance off the trail. Please Note: The Shoreline Trail in this segment has been detoured due to a multi-year project in LaSalle Park. The route follows city streets north through downtown Buffalo, passing through the harbor area, and Canalside. North of Canalside, the trail is designated on the shoulders of public roadways including Niagara Street. North of the detour, the Shoreline Trail runs under the Peace Bridge (which provides a bicycle/pedestrian connection to Canada), and continues north for 2.5 miles alongside Niagara Street on a state-of-the-art protected cycle track. North of Hertel Avenue, the EST route follows the off-road Shoreline Trail, on the bank of the Niagara River.

Cycling Directions

Cue sheets provide step by step navigation instructions for cycling the trail in both directions.

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Upcoming Trail Weather
Wind: 12 mph SW
Humidity: 56%
Feels like: 82°F
Trail Elevation

Family Fun

Art & Culture

Food & Drink


Train Stations

Buffalo-Exchange Street

B&B & Country Inns & Farm Stays

Buffalo Harmony House

Located in the Allentown neighborhood of Buffalo, experience this Victorian era Queen Anne style architectural gem with modern amenities; along with the warmth, hospitality, and uniquely personalized service. A beautiful way to experience the city and its history.

Elmwood Village Inn Bed & Breakfast

The Elmwood Village Inn, located in the heart of Buffalo's Elmwood Village, is only feet away from the best dining, shopping and cultural destinations that our city has to offer. With four beautifully appointed suites, all with separate baths, and a full gourmet breakfast served daily, you are sure to be comfortable in this wonderfully located and eclectic home.

Whether traveling for business, a vacation, visiting family or just an overnight, this Chef owned and operated Bed and Breakfast will offer you a peaceful respite on your journey. We sincerely look forward to hosting your stay!

Moreland Guesthouse

The Moreland Guesthouse is unique and affordable lodging set in a charming, 1922 former nun's convent. The property features fully furnished private guest rooms with DirectTV, high speed WiFi access, a shared dormitory-style bath, fully equipped kitchen, dining room, and living room. Centrally located one block from public transportation and less than five miles from downtown Buffalo and the airport, guests who choose the Moreland Guesthouse are looking for the best place to stay for the least amount of money and enjoy the privacy, flexibility, and home-like feeling this property offers.

Oscar's Inn - Bed & Breakfast

The three-story building at 288 Linwood Avenue, now home to Oscar’s Bed and Breakfast , is the perfect marriage of Buffalo’s architectural heritage and its current cultural energy. The Second Empire-style home is one of the creations of architect and contractor Oscar S. Lang, known for his work on Frank Lloyd Wright’s Darwin Martin house.

Parkside House

The most thrilling blend of old and new comes in the kitchen and bathrooms. Both rooms are a perfect balance. While you never lose the warmth and feel you'd expect from a place with the name The Parkside House; you are also never left wanting any of the luxurious, cleverly incorporated creature comforts of modern facilities. Located in Buffalo's North Park Neighborhood. Within walking distance to Delaware Park, Frank Lloyd Wright House's, Buffalo Zoo, and Little Italy Shopping and Dining.

The Parkside House

After a decade of painstaking restoration, Parkside House brings all the character and charm of a home built in the last decade of the 19th century with all the comforts and amenities of the 21st century. The most thrilling blend of old and new is seen in the kitchen and bathrooms. Both rooms are a perfect balance. While you never lose the warmth and feel you’d expect from a place with the name the Parkside House, you are also never left wanting for any of the luxurious, cleverly incorporated creature comforts of modern facilities.

Hotels/Motels & Resorts

Aloft Buffalo Downtown @ 500 Pearl

Located in downtown Buffalo, the Aloft Buffalo Downtown @ 500 Pearl provides access to restaurants, the business district, courts and many government offices. The location is close to many popular areas including the Theatre District, Chippewa, Allentown and Elmwood Village.

500 Pearl features a rooftop bar, 12 apartments, 2 floors of commercial space, parking ramp, three retail/restaurant outlets, 17k square feet of meeting space, bowling alley and the hotel.

The hotel breaks the mold of a traditional hotel, and uses technology to enhance the guest experience. The property includes meeting space, sauna, free WiFi, fitness center, indoor pool and more.

Best Western on the Avenue

Hotel guests will find a complimentary continental breakfast, free parking, limited business services and meeting/banquet facilities. The hotel is located in Allentown's theatre and restaurant district, just minutes away from a variety of great dining options. Less than 15 minutes away from Ralph Wilson Stadium, and the First Niagara Center. A short drive to Canada and Niagara Falls. This historic Allentown area is host to the annual Allentown Arts Festival.

Best Western Plus Galleria Inn & Suites

Each valued guest will experience thoughtfully appointed guest rooms, complete with Wi-Fi, refrigerators, complimentary breakfast bar and more. Only steps away from the Dingens Bar & Grill (American cuisine). Relax in the indoor whirlpool or the outdoor heated pool (open Memorial Day to Labor Day). Fitness center on property and a board room for those small meetings.

Buffalo Grand Hotel & Event Center

The Buffalo Grand Hotel is located at the waterfront in the heart of the Buffalo downtown business district within a short distance of the Buffalo Niagara Convention Center, theater district, KeyBank Center and Sahlen Field. Buffalo-Niagara International Airport is 15/20 minutes by taxi. Niagara Falls and major shopping is a short 20 minute drive. We offer 72,000 square feet of flexible meeting space. We also offer a 24-Hour fitness center and heated indoor pool. We offer food and beverage until 2am, daily.

Buffalo Marriott at LECOM Harborcenter

The Buffalo Marriott at LECOM Harborcenter is located in downtown Buffalo just off Interstate 190 in the Canalside entertainment district and is attached to KeyBank Center, the home of the Buffalo Sabres. The hotel is located walking distance to the scenic small boat harbor, Lake Erie and the historic Erie Canal, and it is minutes away from the splendor of Niagara Falls. Located in downtown, the hotel is a short train ride to the University at Buffalo Medical Campus and the business district of Buffalo.

Comfort Inn Near Walden Galleria Mall

The Comfort Inn near Walden Galleria Mall hotel is perfectly located near downtown Buffalo and popular area attractions like the KeyBank Center, New Era Field and the Buffalo Zoo. Buffalo State College and the Buffalo Niagara International Airport are also nearby. Hotel guests are afforded an abundance of amenities, including a free breakfast with hot waffles and free coffee, tea, hot chocolate and juice available round the clock. The hotel also features a lovely indoor heated pool and superb exercise room. The free Wi-Fi Internet access, access to copy and fax services, voice mail in each room, and available meeting rooms should make business travelers happy.

Courtyard by Marriott Buffalo Downtown/Canalside

At Courtyard® Buffalo-Downtown/Canalside, business travel isn’t something you have to do. It’s something you get to do. With rooms designed for you to kick back, a fitness center for working out and outdoor spaces perfect for unwinding, we invite you to take a well-deserved break to be your best self.

You can work up quite an appetite from traveling. That’s why Courtyard makes sure you have plenty of options to fill up and reenergize. The Market is open 24/7 and offers snacks and drinks to keep you humming. You’ll also find our Bistro where breakfast and dinner is available. The open atmosphere is great for socializing or even finishing up a little work while you refuel.

Curtiss Hotel

The Curtiss Hotel is built inside of the renovated historic landmark Harlow C. Curtiss building in Buffalo, NY. The Curtiss features 68 ultra-luxurious rooms with marble bathrooms, with high-tech enhancements that will make your stay extra comfortable. The Chez Ami inside Curtiss Hotel is a 200+ seat casual upscale restaurant featuring Western New York's only revolving bar and year-round patio seating along West Huron street.

Embassy Suites by Hilton Buffalo

Embassy Suites Buffalo is a new contemporary hotel located in downtown Buffalo in the Avant. The Hotel is easily accessible to business and government offices, the Theater and Entertainment Districts, and many restaurants. Each of the 182 two-room suites have dramatic glass wall views, designer furniture, finishes and wall coverings, two 32" LCD televisions, and a wet bar with microwave, mini refrigerator, and coffeemaker. Included in the daily room rate are a complimentary full cooked-to-order breakfast and a complimentary two-hour Evening Reception.

Hampton Inn & Suites Buffalo Downtown

Hampton Inn & Suites Buffalo-Downtown is a six-story hotel featuring 140 beautifully appointed rooms and suites, located in the heart of downtown Buffalo, NY. Whether staying with them for business or pleasure, they look forward to providing you with superior accommodations and all the services you have come to expect from Hampton®. Hotel amenities include a clean and fresh Hampton bed; free, hot breakfast served daily; premium coffee and tea served 24 hours a day; indoor heated pool and whirlpool spa; a 24-hour fitness center;spacious rooms with free wireless Internet; the ability to earn Hilton Honors Points.

Hilton Garden Inn Buffalo Downtown

The Hilton Garden Inn Buffalo Downtown is located in the heart of downtown Buffalo, NY overlooking the historic Lafayette Square. After a night’s rest in one of their guest rooms with breathtaking views of the city and Lake Erie, unwind in the lobby lounge. Enjoy breakfast, lunch, and dinner at the Garden Bar & Grille. Energize in the fitness center or swim in the indoor salt water pool.

Hold a meeting or celebration with three flexible event spaces. Come stay with them while you visit local attractions including Niagara Falls, Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Seneca Buffalo Creek Casino, Darwin Martin House, KeyBank Center, and over 400 independently owned restaurants.

Holiday Inn Express & Suites Downtown

Located in the heart of downtown Buffalo's theater and entertainment districts, and within walking distance from the Buffalo Niagara Convention Center, Shea's Performing Arts Center, Sahlen Field, Tralf Music Hall, Town Ballroom, and KeyBank Center. The Buffalo Niagara International Airport, Niagara Falls and the Buffalo Zoo are just minutes from the hotel. A variety of restaurants and night clubs are in the immediate area.

Visitors are invited to try the on-site restaurant, T.G.I. Friday's. This is an all-suite hotel. Every spacious suite is beautifully decorated and well-appointed with standard features as well as refrigerators, microwaves and two televisions.

Free above ground trolley train right outside the hotel that goes to and from the LECOM Harborcenter and KeyBank Center.

Hostel Buffalo Niagara

Established in 1996, we are the region's longest running not-for-profit and independent hostel.

We are proud to host those looking to explore Niagara Falls, Buffalo and the WNY Region. We are hosts to backpackers, groups & solo travelers, bikepackers, hikers, musicians, artists, and out-of-towners--domestic and abroad. Located in the heart of downtown Buffalo’s Theater District, we offer a communal homestead with a fully equipped kitchen with coffee, teas and oatmeal, spacious dining room lounges, fantastic WiFi, laundry facilities, complimentary bag storage, a bicycle share program ($10 day donation) and a movie/game room with netflix, foosball, pingpong and the fine collection of VHS tapes! We are a host to cultural events with our own BOX Gallery with rotating exhibitions by local artists along with an events space for activities to further connect our communities with our international travelers.

We're a $2 bus ride from Niagara Falls, located right next door to Town Ballroom and across from Shea’s Performing Arts. We are only a few blocks away from Historic Allentown and the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus. A free train ride away from KeyBank Center, the Harborcenter, Canalside, Sahlen Field, City Hall, Naval Park, and the Buffalo Niagara Convention Center.

General Information:
-Beds start at $35
-Privates $65-85 for 1 or 2 people
-Group Rates Available
-Fully Equipped Kitchen, Dining Room Lounge, Movie Room, Laundry Facilities & WiFi throughout the building
-Due to Covid--All Reservations must be made online with prearranged check-ins (No Walk-Ins)
-An Gov't ID from outside of Erie County required

Hotel @ The Lafayette

Hotel at the Lafayette, part of the Wyndham Trademark Hotel Collection, blends historical décor, modern amenities, and an inviting atmosphere for an unforgettable Buffalo stay. Built in 1904, the landmark French Renaissance-style hotel was designed by Louise Blanchard Bethune, the first American female architect. Enjoy easy access to sports, entertainment, shopping, and dining—including the onsite Lafayette Brewing Company restaurant and bar, and the Public Espresso coffee shop.


A nine-suite, historic boutique hotel located in the heart of the Elmwood Village. Minutes from downtown Buffalo, the mansion was originally the home of H. H. Hewitt. Nine, unique suites, all with ensuite accommodations, now occupy its upper floors, while the grand common areas are available for guests to enjoy. Guests are served a complimentary gourmet breakfast every morning in the original dining room. InnBuffalo is a "Preservation in Progress." During renovations, many unique and one-of-a-kind finishes were uncovered. Guests have the rare opportunity to see these elements of the home that have remained untouched for the last 115 years and learn of ongoing restoration plans. Described as a "walkers paradise," the Elmwood Village offers guests many choices when it comes to dining and shopping. Its close proximity to museums and colleges on an Olmsted-designed avenue, InnBuffalo is a very unique property.

Lenox Hotel & Suites

The Lenox provides a variety of charming, reasonably priced accommodations including single and double rooms, all with refrigerators and microwave ovens. Also available area a limited number of economy and spacious executive suites, some with fully equipped kitchens. Extended stay rates also available.

Lofts on Pearl

The Lofts on Pearl offers 31 unique accommodations at this all-suite property. Guests enjoy the perfect home base to explore all that the City of Buffalo’s recent renaissance has to offer, with expansive living spaces and full kitchens in all of the guest suites.

The Webb building also offers guests the opportunity to experience a legendary Buffalo dining experience at the Pearl Street Grill & Brewery, adjacent to the hotel, as well as private event spaces highlighting historic architectural elements of the Webb building itself.

Mansion on Delaware Avenue

Buffalo Niagara's first and only AAA rated Four Diamond hotel. The Mansion on Delaware Avenue services and amenities set the standard for luxury in downtown Buffalo. This George Allison's Second Empire Structure offers 28 guestrooms and suites in the heart of downtown Buffalo.

This luxury hotel combines old world charm with contemporary sophistication complete with Butler Service. Overnight accommodations include European Style continental breakfast, Butler Driven Range Rover transportation within a 3-mile radius, valet parking and happy hour cocktail.

The versatile meeting and event space of the Grand Salon and Boardroom can accommodate from 10-200 guests for a stationed affair and 168 for a sit down event. Please inquire about our exclusive "Whole Hotel Event."

Residence Inn by Marriott Buffalo Downtown

Set a pace that suits you at Residence Inn by Marriott® Buffalo Downtown. Whether you're with them for a few days, a few weeks, or a few months, your daily routine matters.

The Residence Inn by Marriott Buffalo Downtown offers spacious suites, studios and one bedroom, with fully-equipped kitchens; free WiFi, free grocery delivery, a 24-hour on-site Market, complimentary hot breakfast, full service bar and Starbucks, business center, fitness center, indoor pool and more.

Easy access to the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus, area attractions and restaurants, downtown businesses, and the theatre district.

The Westin Buffalo

The Westin Buffalo is a full-service, upscale boutique hotel located at the nexus of the city’s business and entertainment districts. It marks the first Westin in New York State outside of New York City.

This AAA Four-Diamond hotel is the #1 recommended Westin in the Americas, as voted by Marriott guests world-wide. Additional honors include the recently announced Hotel of the Year award by Marriott Int’l in the Distinctive Premium class.

The Westin Buffalo is just steps from the city’s unique architecture, prominent historical sites, myriad arts and entertainment options and Buffalo’s newly redeveloped waterfront. It features a state-of-the-art WestinWORKOUT® fitness studio and gear lending program, RunWESTIN™ three- and five-mile jogging routes, and downtown Buffalo’s first Reddy Bikesharing hub, with solar-powered “smart bikes” available for rent. In addition, all guestrooms and suites at The Westin Buffalo feature the world-renowned Westin Heavenly® Bed, their signature Heavenly® Bath enhanced with the brand’s Heavenly® Shower, Heavenly® Robe and White Tea Aloe bath amenities, and in-room and high-speed Internet access. The hotel also offers the Westin brand’s signature SuperFoodsRX® menu.

The Westin Buffalo features 115 guest rooms and suites, 7,300 square feet of versatile meeting and event space, an outdoor courtyard and two restaurants, Patina 250 and Jake’s Café.

Wyndham Garden Buffalo Downtown

A convenient and comfortable hotel located on the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus. Connected via an indoor walkway, you’ll be steps from Buffalo General Hospital, Gates Vascular Institute, John R. Oishei Children’s Hospital, and Roswell Park Cancer Institute. You can explore the downtown area using a free local shuttle or schedule a shuttle ride to or from Buffalo Niagara International Airport (BUF) for an additional fee. The front desk staff is available 24/7 for directions and local recommendations.