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# 1 – IF your Hotel is a major chain, sign up for their Loyalty Card (takes 5 minutes to do on line)… and IF Possible have that info in hand when you book. Loyalty Club Members tend to get better rooms… which is also WHY it is important to have your card in hand when you Register (Loyalty Card – Credit Card – ID)
# 2 – Parking is EXPENSIVE in NF. Most Hotels don’t tell you this stuff (it is in the fine print). Try to have a plan to park your car and get around by other means. IF your room has a Fallsview Room, it most likely means you are central… so getting around without a car shouldn’t be a HUGE headache.
# 3 – Transportation in NF is generally good. There is a Falls Shuttle System… that connects to all the major attractions along the Niagara River Gorge / Parkway (the PeopleMovers)
# 4 – Niagara Falls, Canada is built atop the Niagara Escarpment (a ridge / hill)… so some key places are at the bottom of the ridge along the Niagara River Parkway, and some are at the top (like Hotels, Restaurants) and some are on the Hill itself… Clifton Hill (Entertainment). Bring comfy walking shoes because you will do a lot of walking in NF, and a good deal of it will be up and down hills.
# 5 – There are different things to be seen both in NF USA and NF Canada (more inCanada, simply because of its geographic location in relation to The Falls themselves). Plan out time for both sides of The Falls /Niagara River. Try to do them in well thought out chunks, because multi crossing of the Border is a headache… and can effect your Customs Declaration Limits as a Tourist*. (If you are coming from theUSintoCanada… either do theUSfirst… recommended… or do it last)
*Example, first time out of the US and back in, you have a much higher limit of what you can declare than you do for any subsequent trips $ 800 vs $ 200. US Customs & Border Protection Services (Personal Travel Exemptions) = http://www.cbp.gov/xp/cgov/travel/id_visa/kbyg/types_of_exemptions.xml
# 6 – Attractions… much to see and do. HAVE A PLAN. NF is a very expensive Destination… some would dare say bordering on being a tourist trap. Having a plan will save you money… and wasted time. Consult Websites for Operating Hours & Costs. Check Websites like TripAdvisor for Tips on what to see and in what order, etc.
NOTE – The BIG Water Attractions are not open year round. They close for the winter due to the weather, snow and danger of ice. For 2013, the Maid of the Mist for example will close sometime in mid to late October (current projected date is October 24th, but it is also dependent on weather)
So as someone else asked… what dates are you looking at for your Honeymoon ?
# 7 – Much to do in the Greater Niagara Region (both sides of the River). Geography, History (War of 1812 – Underground Railway), Casinos, Entertainment (Live Theatre), and Wine. TheNiagaraPeninsulais known asCanada’s premier Wine Region… so no visit is complete without checking that area out… spans from nearby Niagara-on-the-Lake thru to Stony Creek nearHamilton.
# 8 – Historic Niagara-on-the-Lake… truly breathtaking. Another absolute MUST DO (drive the scenicNiagara Parkwayto get there). Gorgeous town and a favourite with couples… the start of wine country… so Wineries, Great Food & Restaurants, Music & Live Theatre, Art Galleries, Spas, Country Inns & Quaint Hotels and B&Bs. Historic Sites, Charming Stores, Beautiful Gardens, and Scenic Vistas ofLakeOntario.
Hope this helps,