Auburn (New York)
The best way to get to Auburn is definitely by car. For a city of its size (29,581 people according to the 2000 U.S. Census), it has surprisingly few public transportation options. It doesn't have a bus station or, for that matter, even a bus stop. The nearest airport is Hancock International in Syracuse.
The Merry-Go-Round Theatre offers exceptional Uptown Theatre in a Small Town America setting. The Theatre and location in Emerson park is worth a visit, tickets to a play is even better.