information and tips about niagra falls
Replies: 9 - Last Post: Sep 29, 2013 3:25 PM Last Post By: max_mexico
Sep 8, 2013 4:52 PM
information and tips about niagra fallsim spending time in new york and i was thinking of doing a round trip up to niagra falls and down to boston before heading back to new york. i understand its a long way away, from what research i have done it would seem its about 10-14 hours by bus, and i can find flights for about 150. as i however will be either flying or busing it there, i wont have any transport. i was wondering how accessible are the falls, can i do it without hiring a car? i believe the best view is also from the canadian side, as i am australian and visiting ameraica for a short time on the visa waiver program is there anything i need to be aware of trying to get into canada or back into america?
any extra information or tips that anyone could give me would be much appreciated before i make a decision.
Sep 8, 2013 7:09 PM
1Once you are at Niagara on the Canadian side, the falls are perfectly accessible without a car. And the town has a tourist bus service with buses circulating around the major sites of interest every 10 minutes or so. You won't need a car.
There's no problem entering or leaving Canada while on the Visa Waiver Program, as long as your total time in North America is not going to be more than 90 days.
The Diplomat Inn is a cheap clean motel ($49 weekdays) if you are looking for budget accommodation.
Sep 8, 2013 8:28 PM
Sep 8, 2013 10:43 PM
Sep 9, 2013 4:25 AM
4Good point, #3. If you are going all the way to Niagara Falls, you'll be only 1.5 hours from Toronto, which is, arguably, more interesting than Boston. When is this trip? If it's not for a while, keep looking for cheap flights NYC-Buffalo (have you checked Southwest Airlines?) to save some time. Spend half a day in Niagara and then 2-3 days in Toronto. Megabus and Greyhound link Niagara and Toronto. Then bus or fly back to NYC or to Boston if you have the time...or, for a real round-trip: Toronto-Montreal-Boston-NYC. Have fun!
Sep 9, 2013 8:05 AM
5I love Niagara (some people here don't).
The Canadian side is definitely better, the American side is definitely cheaper, and one of the best views is while crossing the Rainbow Bridge.
If you have a car (sounds like you won't) the best deal is to stay on the US side and spend most of your time on the Canadian side.
The US side has the "Cave of the Winds" tour (Cave no longer exists but the tour is still awesome), and the Canadian side has the "Journey Beneath the Falls" (aka Table rock). They are well worth it. Unforgettable!!
Both sides have a boat ride called "The Maiden of the Mist," or something like that Both are worthwhile, but it kind of depends on your budget.
Both sides have a neat boat ride or bus tour down stream to see a really cool whirlpool, and you can (and probably should if time allows) hike either side of the Niagara Gorge. The whole thing takes a little under two days, although with dining that can be extended.
You could make it a pee and photo stop if you change your mind, but I like it.
Yes, it is a very long way from NYC. Fly if you can afford to.
I haven't been to Toronto or Montreal, but #4's loop sounds like a great idea to me. Depending on weather I might want to add in a trip to the Adirondacks or the Hudson Valley along the way.
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Edited by: LongIslandBob
Sep 10, 2013 6:38 AM
Sep 12, 2013 6:47 PM
7Niagara is really overrated in my opinion. I went for a second time about ten days ago. I'd say 1 hour is enough on the Canadian side, unless you want to stand in line for an hour+ and pay a fortune to go on the boat tour. The town on the Canadian side is really quite sad, just a huge tourist trap created for people who made the mistake to think you need more than 1 hour to see the falls.
Agreed with poster above, make Toronto your destination and consider the falls a freebie on the way, then it'd make some sense. Otherwise, I wouldn't waste the money.
The US land crossing at the Rainbow bridge might be one of the easiest ones to cross, tons of tourists do it every day, you shouldn't have any problems. Use this website to check expected wait time: http://apps.cbp.gov/bwt/
Sep 29, 2013 3:01 PM
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