The best tips to visit Niagara Falls from New York

The best tips to visit Niagara Falls from New York

If you’re visiting New York for more than a week then you might want to take a trip to the famous Niagara Falls.

Niagara Falls are located right at the border of United States and Canada, approximately 650 km (400 miles) away from New York City.

For the most adventurous ones who wish to discover these amazing waterfalls, you have many ways to get there.

Your options includes renting a car or go with a bus tour.

Let me explain to you how to organize your trip to Niagara Falls.

By your own means:

If you’re adventurous and don’t like to follow the tourist trail then rent a car. index

After searching endlessly on car rentals websites, I finally found the best deal in the United States: Rental cars.

They are the leaders on the car rental market and there is a reason for that.

As a matter of fact, last February, my friend and I traveled to Florida and rented a Chrysler convertible for an unbeatable price comparing to other car rentals agencies (Budget, Alamo, Avis)!!! 🙂 🙂

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The best tips to visit Niagara Falls from New York

Great tips to rent a car: Before you reserve your car, know that you don’t have to get additional insurances. If you pay with your Visa Premier or Gold credit card, insurance is included with your car rental (even outside the US).

2nd great tip: Make sure to install a GPS on your smartphone instead of paying extra on top of your car rental expenses. I strongly recommend it since traffic signals often change.

With Tour Operators:

If you want to make things easier on your trip, then 2 bus tours offer trips to see Niagara Falls from New York.

These tours leave from Manhattan on a 2 days bus trip, or 1-day trip on a plane.

Both tours include:

1-day trip to Niagara Falls by air:

– Bus transportation between Manhattan and the airport (round trip)

– Round trip flight between NYC and Niagara Falls

– Half-day guided tour of Niagara Falls

– “Maid of the Mist” boat ride (as shown below) in summer or a visit of the tunnel under Niagara Falls in winter

– Lunch at a restaurant with a panoramic view on Niagara Falls

Cost: $575 per person

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Maid of the Mist: the boat approaching very closely to Niagara Falls

Maid of the Mist: the boat approaching very closely to Niagara Falls

2 days bus tour to Niagara Falls by bus:

– Bus transportation between Manhattan and Niagara Falls

– 2 days with a touristic guide

– Visit of Watkins Glen Canyon, the American waterfalls, Goat Island, 3 Sisters’ Island, Niagara fall nighttime visit and Horseshoe waterfalls

– Lunch at a restaurant with a panoramic view on Niagara Falls

– A shopping trip to an outlet mall

– 1 hotel night stay

Cost: $330 per person for a double occupancy room

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Ponchos are given before embarking on the Maid of the Mist :)

Ponchos are given before embarking on the Maid of the Mist 🙂

What to do in Niagara Falls?

I’m not ending this article without telling you what you can do.

Just as I mentioned earlier, I highly recommend the boat ride on the Maid of the Mist, it’s really worth it and absolutely gorgeous!!!

Then, you can come very close to the Waterfalls just like my friend did and got soaked. 🙂

Amazing view on the waterfalls

Amazing view on the waterfalls

In addition, the Niagara Falls are light up every night as you can plainly see on the picture below. Here’s a display of pink, yellow, blue and green, it’s rather unusual. To be honest, I’m not a big fan because I think that the beauty of the waterfalls lies within its natural state. But in this case, it looks more like an amusement park.

The Niagara Falls evening show

The Niagara Falls evening show

Each side of the Niagara Falls in United States and Canada (since the waterfalls separate both countries) are home to hotels and casinos, and this really affects the landscape.

I was a little naïve to think that the Niagara Falls were in the middle of untouched nature but consumer society took over. What a shame.

After a negative point, the goal is to discover, listen, see and feel these incredible Niagara Falls!!!

Besides the artificial side of Niagara Falls, I strongly advise you to visit this place once in your lifetime. The most impressive moment is when you’re on top (see the picture above). You better not fall!!!! 🙂 🙂

This is a must if you’re staying more than one week in New York!!!!!

Memo

My fist trip to New York was in 2007 when I was working for an airline company. I was born in the US, I lived in Mexico, in Europe in between Belgium, Spain and France… Well, let’s say I know about travelling! I bring my experience of NYC to the blog, to provide the best travel tips you could imagine!

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