Post # 1
My SO and I have been wanting to go for awhile, so I thought it would be cute to surprise him with a weekend trip. We live in upstate NY so it wouldn’t be too long of a drive on a Friday night.
I was just wondering if anyone has been to see the Falls on th U.S. side? Where did you stay/ what did you do? I know the Canada side is supposed to be a better view and more things to do, but he doesn’t have a passport!
Any suggestions would be great!
Post # 3
@Lacelibs: Yes theres a few hotels in Buffalo Ny but the view of the falls is alright compare to the Canadian side of the border and its a bit pricey depending of view from the falls you want.
Post # 4
@Lacelibs: We went last fall, and had a great time. We actually stayed kind of far away from the Falls (Holiday Inn in Amherst, I think), because we were in Buffalo for a wedding and wanted to be closer to that. There is parking at the National Park, I think it was under $5. The view from Canada really is much, much better, but if that is not an option, I would consider doing one of the boat tours. You really can’t see that much of the Falls from the American side, so you have to take a boat or go to Canada to really see them (we did Canada because it was cheaper, only a $0.50 toll for pedestrians.
Post # 5
We went to NF a few years ago and stayed in Buffalo. The drive to and from wasn’t bad but if we went back again, we’d probably stay right in NF since I doubt the prices are much different. I’ve never been to the Canadian side so I can’t comment on the difference in falls but I thought the US side was great. We did the Maid of the Mist (which I hear may be shutting down at some point??) and a few other touristy things. All in all, we had a great time but we were also only there for like 36 hours. I don’t know if we would have been entertained for an extended period of time but for a weekend getaway, it was nice.
If you go, you HAVE to get some wings in Buffalo. We went to the Anchor Bar and they were beyond delicious though I’m sure some native Buffaloians could suggest some other alternatives.
Post # 6
I’ve been dozens of times (family lives there). The Canadian side is SO much better… you may want to try to get your SO to get a passport card (cheaper and quicker) so you can cross the border! You definitely won’t get those iconic views of the Falls that you see on TV from the American side!
Post # 7
I live about 20 min from niagara on the Canadian side. There is an amazing deals on either groupon.com or wagjag.com for a 2 night stay in a fallsview room and vouchers for breakfast and dinner.
The weather in Canada is beautiful right now so hotel prices have definitely jumped a lot!
Hope that helps
Post # 8
I also live not too far from the falls on the Canadian side. They do helicopter rides (on the Candian and American side) over and around the falls which would be neat! I’d love to do it but am afraid of heights! yikes!
Post # 9
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@abbie017: I completely agree! I’ve been to the falls dozens of times and the Canadian side definitely has the iconic view. There are SO many things to do on the Canadian side, it’s very touristy. Maybe just visit the American side as a surprise and then get him a passport so you can experience the Canadian side?
Post # 10
I’ve been a bunch of times but we always stay in Canada. I went two years ago and went across to the NY side and it was kindda run down and as everyone else said, the falls aren’t as amazing as on the Canadian side. There is sooooooo much to do on the Canadian side! You should have your SO get an enhanced license so he can cross the border. They’re only $45 here in Michigan.
Post # 11
I’ve been there a few times, lots of stuff to do! It’s fun 🙂
Post # 12
Sorry this is not going be much help, but if there is still time, I strongly suggest your SO get a passport so you can see the Falls from Canada. It’s not called the honeymoon capital of the world for nothing! And I second a PP, seach the travel options of Groupon, WagJag, and Living Social as there are always discounted rates for a fallsview hotel room.
Post # 13
Native Buffaloian here!!! The Canadian side is definitely a better site… but honestly for someone who has never seen Niagara Falls, you’ll still be in awe on the US side. You absolutely need to do the Maid of the Mist… its very cheap, but nothing will get you closer to the falls. They also have jetboat tours that are a little more expensive and more of a thrill ride. Leave yourself some time to to walk the paths along the Niagara River- its such a beautiful place!
Its definitely more expensive to stay right at the falls instead of 20-30 minutes away (closer to Buffalo), but I swear Groupon has a Niagara Falls hotel deal every week that will make it much cheaper.
You guys will have a blast 🙂
Post # 14
@spiced latte: @RoundSolitaire: @StephyD216: We live in Syracuse NY, so pretty close to the area, and I constantly get Groupons for Niagra Falls. Even they’re sale rates seem a little steep, but I feel like if we go once, we probably won’t go again. So we’d go for the falls view room! That’s just kind of how I feel about vacations, unless it’s some where I absolutley love.
He’s talked about getting a passport, but since it will be his first time he has to do it in person and it is a little hard with his work schedule. 8-5 m-f is a great work schedule but all the state offices are closed!
@SpartyGirl: I asked him about it but he doesn’t like the look of them! Plus he mentioned ho he’d have to get a passport eventually for our actual honeymoon
Post # 15
@lolabean: A helicopter ride would be so cool! We’ve both never been in one but are soooo scared of heights, we might just have to make an exception though. Thanks for the idea!
Post # 16
@Lacelibs: Check if there is a post office near you that does passport applications, since they are usually open half days on Saturdays. In my state, I was able to get my passport at the DMV on a Saturday (but this varies from state to state).