Known as the Crystal City, Corning is a small city located on the banks of the Chemung River. It is headquarters of Fortune 500 company Corning Inc., formerly Corning Glass Works. The historic Gaffer District in the downtown area is home to the Corning Museum of Glass and the Rakow Library, as well as the Rockwell Museum of Western Art. The area is known for its festivals and themed shopping and sight-seeing trails.
- Get in via Interstate 86 from the east or west or U.S. Route 15 (Interstate 99) from the south.
There is a free shuttle bus that runs between the Corning Museum of Glass and the Rockwell Museum of Western Art, stopping at Market Street on the way.
- 1 Corning Museum of Glass, 1 Museum Way, toll-free: . Which boasts the world's most extensive collection of glass items, including an amazing display of antique glassware. The museum is also home to The Rakow Library, a glass research center. Open 9AM-5PM daily. Summer hours (Memorial Day weekend–Labor Day) 9AM-8PM. Closed New Years Day, Thanksgiving Day, December 24, and 25. Adults $12.50, seniors $11.25, children under 17 free.
- 2 Rockwell Museum of Western Art, 111 Cedar St, ☏ . Daily 9AM-5PM. Summer (Memorial Day weekend–Labor Day) 9AM-8PM. It has a wonderful display of Western American paintings and sculptures accumulated over forty years by Mr. and Mrs. Robert F. Rockwell. Adults $11, 55+ $10, Students with ID, $5.50, Kids & Teens (17 & under) free.
- One of the top small cities for the Arts in the US, there is always something happening - from art shows and hot glass working to live music, both on the street and at the museums.
- Corning also hosts the annual Art of Ferrari event, part concours, part car show and very flamboyant. This usually attracts over 150 cars that line Market Street.
- Run the Wineglass Marathon, half marathon, or 5K (in early october)
There are several excellent restaurants on Market Street in downtown Corning. The Gaffer is a nice upscale steakhouse. Market Street Brewing Company, The Cellar and Three Birds are also excellent choices.
A long-time favorite among the locals and visitors is Aniello's Pizzeria on Market Street. Although the casual atmosphere of the crowd tends to be young, there is a large presence of middle age and older individuals who continue to swear their allegiance to the restaurant for many years. The restaurant specializes in thin crust, New York style pizza with a unique blend of cheeses and very light on tomato sauce. They also serve hot sausage sandwiches with melted cheese, and more familiar Italian dishes.
The most interesting cuisine can be found at Hand + Foot (69 W Market Street); this place specializes in innovative sandwiches using wonderful ingredients that most people wouldn't think of preparing a sandwich; the high quality of the European style bread alone is worth a visit.
Also there is Chinese, Mexican, Indian and Japanese cuisine restaurants available.
The Snooty Pig is a good Irish bar with live music on most weekends. Next door to the pub is Market Street Brewing Company, which is a nice little microbrewery. There is also a Wine and Martini Bar - the cellar, also on Market Street. Maley's and The Glory Hole attract a younger crowd, but are fun to play pool and have a good time. There are numerous other bars along Market Street and Bridge Street.
- The Radisson Hotel, East Market Street.