Located at the western end of the Mohawk Valley, Utica is the natural gateway to the beautiful Adirondack Mountains and scenic Thousand Islands. Steeped in history—from the American Revolution through the Industrial Revolution—Utica is enriched by both cultural diversity and support for the performing and decorative arts. Utica is home to the internationally recognized Munson-Williams-Proctor Arts Institute, the Utica Symphony Orchestra, Broadway Theater League, the Stanley Performing Arts Center, the Utica Zoo, and a municipal ski facility. Athletic events featuring professional and semi-professional teams in hockey and soccer are an exciting addition to the repertoire of social offerings.
Utica is a regional transportation hub. Visitors to Utica can arrive by air at Hancock International Airport in Syracuse. Other transportation options include rail or bus service (Amtrak and Greyhound).