I had other plans for the summer, but this is becoming plan B. First long tour.
I think I'm doing the C&O to the Allegheny Trail to Pgh. then trying to get to ROUTE 5 (from the bike PA website) but I'm a little iffy on getting from Erie (Presque Isle) to Niagara. The DOT NY page is not very helpful. Common sense would suggest that there is a scenic park like deal that runs along lake Erie to the falls but I'm sure that's far too easy. Does anybody have any advice?
a bunch of them, most made by me, a couple made by others
You would follow the lakeshore which is route 5. It is a signed bike route in NY. Adventure cycling's northern tier route follows the same road. I by-passed Buffalo so I can't help you downtown but I am told there is a bike path along the river there.
Recommend staying on the river trail, or use the cut across Grand Island.
If you have time for a detour, there is a bicycle museum in Orchard Park, southeast of Buffalo, on route 20 (or alt 20). Museum is small and a bit tacky but they have some amazing antique bicycles there and the people who run it are fun to talk to. http://www.pedalinghistory.com/