Definitely go, enjoy yourself and tell those nay-sayers that they were wrong! I liked Wine on Third. The Canadian side is much more built-up and has a lot more touristy options i. A day and a half should be enough time to get a good overview of Buffalo. Heading there tomorrow for 3 days — Canadian side due to groupon offer. Mary of the Cataract R. Highly rated by recent guests 8.
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I hardly recognize the place! Thanks for all these tips, given in your inimitably delightful way! I have not yet been to Niagara Falls, but when I first go, it will definitely be to the American side. Well, I definitely recommend checking out the Canadian side, too. If only to see what all the hype is about… and the view IS quite nice. Plus, you can easily do both in a day.
Stephanie — The Travel Chica recently posted.. Outdoor Adventure Activities at Hood River. Actually just need the Canadian side photo to know why. I will say that that was taken on a holiday weekend, so it was particularly packed. I suspect this has something to do with the fact everyone thinks the Canadian side is better! I think I would skip around on the borders and see both sides.
A lovely day in the park and a lovely day on a Ferris wheel sounds nice. The Ferris wheel part sounds scary, especially at the very top. I definitely recommend checking out both. You can easily visit both sides in a day. Plus, you get to walk across the bridge to Canada which I think is super cool. How many times can you just walk to another country? We have dare devil graves Drummond hill cemetery and a Casino!
Although you are bang on….. Been in the Maid of the Mist 16 times…. Truly love Niagara Falls, both sides…. We also have a casino on the American side. And, yes, the Maid of the Mist is totally worth the obsession. It may sway me. A must in my book! Thanks for giving us the scoop. May the 4th be with you! Small ways to incorporate Star Wars into a May 4 wedding.
Ispent 2 years 50 years ago at Niagara U. To this day I have fond memory of Niagara Falls en total. Time and Distance lend enchantment to the view. My grand son a medical student at a Niagara Hospital chose that education location because I talked so much about the total Niagara Falls……St Catherines Ont.
These were some of the happiest days of my life. Glad you have such wonderful memories of the place and were able to pass those memories on to your grandchildren! Yes, I actually have been there! Five kids in tow! All I really remember is the Maid of the Mist, and mainly just because of the cool name.
I mean, what a great alliteration. I also remember cruising forever before finding parking. So now I know. I think both sides are definitely worth visiting… at least so you can form your own judgments and not have to just believe all those people saying the Canadian side is better and one certain blogger saying the American side is better. I was going to say the Canadian side still wins because poutine.
Because I judge the beauty of natural wonders by the food I can eat while I view them. But the ice cream and pizza may tip things back towards Team USA. The ice cream was pretty phenomenal. I wonder if that has anything to do with the fact that she used to go there back in the day to drink before she turned 21? Katherine Belarmino recently posted.. Delighted to find out that I can access your blog without a VPN and also madly jealous. Hopefully they like helicopters! Um, I want a helicopter ride over Niagara Falls!
OK, that was a little mean. She would just talk about how a helicopter ride is a lot like love… scary and exciting and full of highs and lows but also cute guys shoving you in the butt. Or something like that. Also, that random wrestling belt made me laugh way too hard.
Ten Years, Five Years. The helicopter guy said he was surprised I included the photo. Going to be making our first trip to Niagara Falls with in a year.
We were trying to choose between this and Las Vegas. I never thought I would enjoy a helicopter ride but your photos made me want to.
I also wanted to say I loved your down to earth blog. So glad you enjoyed the post. And, if it makes any difference, I totally vote for Niagara Falls over Vegas. You said what I keep imploring to others. I want to see the Falls from above and also the neighborhoods where my grandmother grew up over years ago. Maybe both sides just rock? Montecristo Travels Sonja recently posted..
Anyway, thanks for giving me a general idea of what to expect in Niagara Falls most especially on the American side. I went to Niagara Falls for one night before going to TBEX, and while the views on the Canadian side are pretty awesome I have to admit the American side was really cool. I loved walking over the bridge too — it makes for a fun way to see both side of the Falls. Back to SE Asia Part 2. And, yes, please do visit the other side!
Everybody has his own directtion of viewing. As for me, both are equalvalant! The Falls are really magnificent and wonderful! I do not know when I could see them on the spot! May be one day I hope, of course not so long!
I went to both the American and Canadian sides of the falls but that was like 8 years ago. Tucan Travel Overland Tour Experiences: Sand In My Suitcase recently posted.. I just discovered your blog via The Huffington Post and I wanted to tell you what an amazing first impression you made! Thank you for this post, and for all of the other ones I will be reading in the near future! Yes, poutine definitely is cause enough to brave the crowds on the Canadian side. I did hear tale of poutine on the American side, but I never saw it.
Thanks for excellent review. Do u recommend any good hotel on American side. That would be my pick if I were staying overnight. Hi Lori, I think either side would be suitable, it just depends on what you are interested in doing.
The American side is a bit more low-key, but there are still a lot of things to do there. I think the Maid of the Mist and Cave of the Winds would be great for 12 year olds.
The Canadian side is much more built-up and has a lot more touristy options i. Old Fort Niagara is great. This is just one of many lovely walking paths between the 3 different parts of the Falls. Loved reading about your Niagara experience! I am a Florida gal and headed to Niagara May 7th for the first time. I am so excited!
We will have a full three days there. Any other must see, must do suggestions? There are also lots of great day trips that can be done in the area. You can go on a local wine tour and take a boat ride on the Erie Canal. I suggest checking out Lewiston, which is this super cute town just north of the Falls.
Honestly, I thought the American side would stink and there would be nothing to do with a boring view. Glad to say I was wrong after reading your comments and seeing your pictures. I have family coming to the United States for the first time to visit and I wanted to show them Niagara falls, which I am excited about doing now.
Thank you from Syracuse. Have a great trip! We went there 40 years ago on our honeymoon. We are going back this weekend. Have a fab trip. Would love to hear your take on the differences between then and now. Love your blog on Niagra Falls. Quick, easy and to the point.
What side to visit…obvious no brainer, USA. Thanks for all the links so I could get details without being overwhelmed. Hi I really enjoyed reading ur post on Niagara falls. Would you know of a tour that does all this???
If so please let me know. Tks B Rgds Sharon. You should be able to do all or most of the Niagara Falls stuff in one day — including Cave of the Winds, Maid of the Mist and the night time illumination.
However, the other stuff — islands, Howes Cavern and Hershey Park — are really quite far from Niagara Falls and would probably take at least a day each to visit. Hi Tks so much fr ur reply n the advice. I assumed theses palces were all togetehr…. I really enjoyed reading this article!!
I even read every single comment and reply! Are there enough things to do to keep us busy for a week? Or do we need to plan other activities away from Niagara as well? The Falls itself is worth a good full day of exploring. There are also plenty of parks and other outdoorsy stuff in the vicinity — I went fishing in Lewiston; that was super fun. You can easily drive to Buffalo about 40 minutes away and catch some museums, a show or a sports game.
If you have your passports, you can also go to Canada to check out the Canadian side or go to Niagara-on-the-Lake.
Have a great time! And congrats on your future wedding! Thank you very much! All of that sounds great! Yes, you are so right. I went to the Falls the first time in the late s as a kid.
My father said the Canadian side was better, but having been to both, I love the tranquil, park setting of the State Park in New York, and like others said, you can get really close. Now, I have advised several sites, including Wikipedia, that according to the U.
Geological Survey maps, one-third of Horseshoe Falls is in the U. Most of it is in Canada…but not all of it…and with erosion more of it will be in the U. I really like Canada, especially their social policies, but I found Niagara Falls, Ontario, to be quite tacky, touristy, and much less relaxing. I love Canada, too, and usually really love visiting there, but the Canadian side of the Falls drives me bonkers. We are coming to NF in Oct. I am trying to plan the trip first one and your blog has been really helpful.
I think we will be staying on the US side and walking everywhere we are English!! Any recommendations on what to do, where to go over winter if I still want to visit Niagara Falls? And a fun bonus is the observation deck which usually costs money is free in the winter. Old Fort Niagara is great and would be fun to visit in the winter. And nearby Lewiston is an adorable little town with lots of quaint shops, cafes, restaurants and a spa. I live in the Cleveland area, and used to go at least once year, and have seen it multiple times in every season.
But stuff like work, divorce, lack of money, and unmile-round-trip-worthy beater vehicle has kept me away for several years now. You should definitely go! The American side has really spiffed up in the past few years. Nice post… Me n my wife r planning to go this Christmas for 2 days.. Will it be worth it if we go just to the US side considering all the attractions r closed? We r not Americans, so gotta apply for Canadian visa. I love Old Fort Niagara, which is about a 15 minute drive away, and is open year-round.
Check out the Niagara USA website http: This post looks awesome and you looks like having the great time of your life in the pictures. Thank you for sharing.
Thanks so much for the great info! You have inspired us to visit the US side!!! Will the falls still be frozen? All the attractions open? Or would you recommend not going during that time frame? You should check out the Niagara USA website for details http: I enjoyed reading your post about the falls.
We are going in July for 10 days…. Have you ever taken one of the bus tours that they offer to see all the sites, we thought we might just do that rather than drive around ourselves. So excited , its our first time there and our 40th Anniversary get away…. Hi Karen, What a great trip! As for the sites at the Falls like the Maid of the Mist and the Cave of the Winds , those are all within easy walking distance from downtown Niagara Falls.
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