NYC to Niagara falls..worth??
Replies: 13 - Last Post: Feb 22, 2013 7:32 PM Last Post By: tilos
Feb 18, 2013 11:46 AM
Me and my girlfriend are going to New York next week, from the 24th of February to the 4th of March.
We would like to spend a couple of days out of the city.
I have had a look on the internet and seems that Niagara falls is a "must" if you are in New York.
I have found a couple of organized tours on this website www.tours4fun.com and they seems not very cheap but I actually have no idea since this is my first time in the USA.
I am thinking if is wirth to go for a 2days trip in the weekend. I have noticed that the Maid of the mist is stopped before April so I could not totally enjoy the walls.
What do you think?
thank you for your help.
Feb 18, 2013 12:58 PM
Feb 18, 2013 1:36 PM
Feb 18, 2013 1:50 PM
3Niagara Falls usually gets flamed on here as being a tourist trap, with the most charitable comments usually saying something like..ok, if you are in the area, see it, but don't go out of your way etc etc. It is true that major east coast cities are closer and easier to get to, if you want an urban experience, but there are few things anywhere that can compare to the power and sound of nature you feel when standing right next to the massive fall of water. While not the highest in the world, it does have the greatest flow, which is not a trivial thing. I think it is mighty impressive, but you have to weigh the cost in money and time against alternative experiences. If you do go with a tour, make sure they go to both sides of the falls, because the Canadian side is most impressive, in my opinion. A trip up the tower on the Canadian side is also memorable.
Feb 18, 2013 1:53 PM
4How interested are you in seeing a waterfall? It's an interesting sight for five minutes or so.
Nothing is a "must-see," despite what you may read in the internet. Pick what interests you, and never mind the tourist hype. If you want just a quick weekend trip, why not choose a destination that's closer to the city?
Feb 18, 2013 2:16 PM
5To steal and augment a post from poster zeldasdad:
Niagara Falls is 426 miles away
Morgantown, West Virginia is 371 miles away
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania is 371 miles away
Youngstown, Ohio is 397 miles away
Wheeling, West Virginia is 405 miles away
Richmond, Virginia is 343 miles away
Portland, Maine is 335 miles away
Montreal, Quebec Canada is 374 miles away
Nags Head, North Carolina is 438 miles away
If you feel you absolutely must go, then go.
If you are on your way to Toronto, go.
If you are making a random side trip to see it because it is there, you're crazy.
With that said, you can enjoy a couple days in the area if you do go. Let us know your interests (history, art, wine, bikes, etc.) and we can help you.
Feb 18, 2013 2:50 PM
6Yeah, if you are going all the way there, then experience the region; the quaint town of Niagara-on-the-Lake with its world class Shaw theatre festival, the great wineries of the Niagara Region, even up to Toronto. The Falls, themselves, are worth about half a day, though even less so in winter when you won't want to be going for a leisurely walk along the balustrade.
Feb 18, 2013 3:40 PM
Feb 18, 2013 4:07 PM
8Funny, I live in Chicago, and love a good waterfall, been to many, in China, SE Asia, Central America, Morocco, but I have not been to Niagara, nor do I have any plans to see it in my lifetime, and I spend 4 months a year in NYC. I sure would not go in dead of winter, and unless I happen to be going by, maybe on way to Canada, I would stop for 10 minutes...otherwise, I would go to Philly, Boston, DC or Catskills long before that mess of touristy crap that surrounds the falls, ughhh
I have the falls in South Africa and Venezuela on my bucket list though...
Feb 18, 2013 4:18 PM
Feb 19, 2013 3:39 AM
I find this attitude extraordinarily strange. I, too, have been to waterfalls on five continents, and Niagara is easily one of the most impressive in the world, behind Iguazu Falls and Victoria Falls, but ahead of most others. And what "mess of touristy crap" (around the falls that you have never actually seen) is that? The Canadian side has some large hotels, the American side is mostly parkland. Neither impacts on the experience of the falls themselves.
But, no, it's not a side-trip from NYC. It's a side-trip from Toronto. The tours mentioned in the OP are actually extremely cheap for the time and distance involved ("suspiciously cheap," even) but you need to realize two things: 1) you'd be trapped on a bus between at least 15 or 16 hours on your two day trip 2) you'd see the falls only from the American side, generally considered the less impressive view.
In your shoes, I'd save Niagara for another trip to the States or Canada. Choose a destination closer to New York City, or just spend all of your time there.
Feb 19, 2013 7:55 AM
11Niagara Falls (even though it really is wonderful to see) is not a side trip from NYC. It's a side trip from Toronto.
If you want to get out of the city for a few days but don't want to go to another city (though I would highly recommend Washington, DC; Philadelphia or Boston) and want to get out into the countryside or see some smaller towns I'll recommend 3 for now.
Cold Spring NY, along the Hudson, reachable by Metro North Railroad and not necessary to have a car.
Saugerties NY, I'd recommend a car because some of the sites (Olana, Hyde Park, Woodstock) are not within the town itself but easily reachable by car.
Stonington, CT. I'd also recommend a car for this, but it's just down US1 from Mystic and short drive to Newport, RI.
Any of these could take up a 3 day/2 night break from the hustle and bustle of the big city.
Feb 19, 2013 10:14 AM
12As everyone else said, even though Niagara is technically partly located in New York State, it's nowhere near New York City. It's a big state. In my opinion, it's not worth it, especially in February. Boston and Washington DC are both 4 hours away by a cheap bus (see Boltbus, Megabus, Gotobus.com), Vermont has many charming towns to see. Philadelphia is 2 hours away by bus (same companies as above). If you're into nature, there are some trips you can do just north of NYC, or wine tasting in Long Island, etc.
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