Buffalo goes by many monikers, but it should be known as the City of Walking Tours. There’s a walking tour to suit almost any interest: Beaux Arts Buffalo, Buffalo Mob Tour, Masters of American Architecture, Mansions, Silo City, Street Art, Art of the Subway, Riverfront Renaissance. These tours start at $10 per person.
If you don’t have your own wheels and are staying quite central (Downtown or in Elmwood Village), then sticking to one of the Downtown walking tours would be most convenient, particularly one that takes you around Buffalo’s awesome late-nineteenth and early-twentieth century architecture. But if you have a car, head to the Silo City walking tour. Buffalo was once a major stop on the north-east trade route, and the 100 year plus grain silos dotted along the edge of Lake Erie are a reminder of that. If you’re into industrial chic, you need to go on this tour.