**Last Updated : December, 2022**
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Niagara Falls was the first stop on our epic 2 month road trip through the Northeast of the United States, and we spent just over 24 hours exploring the area. Honestly, we were completely blown away with how much there was to do in the area, and we highly recommend adding Niagara Falls to your bucket list!
Things to Know Before Visiting Niagara Falls
Getting to Niagara Falls can be a bit of drive, depending where you’re coming from. Since we stopped here on our way to Maine, it was about a 15 hour drive from Minnesota, otherwise many people might be visiting from New York City, which is just under a 7 hour drive. You can also fly to Buffalo, New York, from many airports. If you want to visit the Canadian side, which in our opinion has some of the better views and excursions, then make sure to bring your passport as well! It's also nice to know that there are actually three sections that make up Niagara Falls : Horseshoe Bend (Canada), Bridal Veil Falls and American Falls (US).
Where to Stay Near the Falls
Since we were only visiting the Falls for two nights, we were only able to test out one lodging option - but wow was it epic. We would 1000% recommend looking into a stay with Embassy Suites Niagara Falls. Not only are the two room suites incredibly spacious, but the views of the falls (from your room!) are truly unbeatable. Plus they include a cocktail hour for all guests - with drinks and snacks available! We've listed some other lodging options with below, however it's important to keep in mind that a majority of hotels with Falls views are located on the Canadian side.
**Pro Tip : Visit during the off season for a cheaper stay, and ask for a Falls View room!**
Places to Eat
This is a tricky section for us to write as we were only in the area for a short period of time. We also didn't like the food we tried anywhere, so we won't be recommending those. However, if you’re looking to save some $$ then it's essential to get off the main strip where even a basic meal at iHop is about $25-$30 Canadian. You'll also have to be aware of which side of the Falls the restaurant is on, as it can be a bit of a hassle to continue crossing the border.
The Best Ways to Experience the Falls
If you haven't visited Niagara Falls before, then you might not realize just how much there is to do here! We were genuinely shocked at all the adventures in the area, and highly recommend you book a few of these to fully experience the Falls!
We hope you have the best time exploring the Niagara Falls area! Think there's something we forgot? Let us know in the comments and don't forget to share this. post with your travel buddies!
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We're Deborah & Tyler, a pretty average husband and wife duo from a pretty average state that didn't want to live so averagely. After our *Covid wedding we sold everything that didn't fit into the Jeep and moved to Alaska, then decided to take a gap year!
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