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Niagara Falls

Travel Guide
Bridal Veil Falls showing landscape views, a waterfall and a city

An attraction so gigantic it literally stands astride two nations, Niagara Falls crosses the border between the State of New York and the Canadian Province of Ontario.

Featuring three distinct falls – the Horseshow Falls, the American Falls and the Bridal Veil Falls – the Niagara River can be seen to drain unstoppably into Lake Ontario from Lake Erie in the south.

With such an awe-inspiringly large natural formation in their wake, it is no surprise that The Falls are home to two twin cities – Niagara Falls, Ontario to the north, and Niagara Falls, New York to the south. To enjoy the complete Niagara Falls experience, you simply must visit both. In this tale of two cities, it’s important to understand how the experience differs, although you can enjoy boat cruises from either side.

From the American side the best views of the Falls can be observed from the Prospect Point Park Observation Tower – an 86m tower of glass and steel which provides visitors the opportunity to enter the attraction at gorge level before ascending to the viewing platform. The viewing tower is also significant due to the fact it is the loading platform for the famous Maid of the Mist boat tour which takes guests on an initially serene tour past the American and Bridal Veil Falls before moving into the dense mist of the more violent Horseshoe Falls.

From Ontario, the Falls can best be viewed from the manicured gardens and platforms of Queen Victoria Park. From here, the American and Horseshoe Falls can be observed superbly, not least if you take the underground walkways that take you to observation rooms just inches from the falling water – a hugely popular spot for souvenir pictures.

At 160m high, the Skylon Tower offers perhaps the most spectacular view of them all, although the Niagara Fallsview Casino Resort and Casino Niagara might provide even greater excitement for some.

As an added bonus, visitors on the Canadian side can look forward to spectacular illuminations of the Falls after dark fall – truly a magical way to enjoy one of the world’s most spectacular natural attractions.

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Where to stay in Niagara Falls

Niagara Falls Marriott on the Falls
Niagara Falls Marriott on the Falls
4 out of 5
6755 Fallsview Blvd, Niagara Falls, ON
The price is £131 per night from 28 Jul to 28 Jul
Located in Fallsview, this eco-friendly hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Fallsview Casino and Queen Victoria Park. Horseshoe Falls and Casino Niagara are also ...
4.2/5Excellent! (2,871 reviews)
"Was awesome"

Reviewed on 27 Jul 2021

Niagara Falls Marriott on the Falls
Hilton Niagara Falls/Fallsview Hotel & Suites
Hilton Niagara Falls/Fallsview Hotel & Suites
4 out of 5
6361 Fallsview Blvd, Niagara Falls, ON
The price is £146 per night from 28 Jul to 28 Jul
Located in Fallsview, this eco-friendly hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Fallsview Casino and Skylon Tower. Clifton Hill and Horseshoe Falls are also within ...
3.7/5Good! (9,289 reviews)
"Room was too small Elevators very slow ...considering there were 6 -8. It looks like only 2 were working. Didn't like that the Starbucks was closed so early, after dinner Uber dropped us off at hotel and would have liked a coffee at 9.30pm/ disappointed"

Reviewed on 27 Jul 2021

Hilton Niagara Falls/Fallsview Hotel & Suites
Sheraton Fallsview Hotel
Sheraton Fallsview Hotel
4 out of 5
5875 Falls Ave, Niagara Falls, ON
The price is £131 per night from 29 Jul to 29 Jul
This family-friendly Niagara Falls hotel is located on the riverfront, within a 5-minute walk of Oakes Garden Theatre and Casino Niagara. Fallsview Indoor Waterpark ...
3.9/5Very Good! (4,536 reviews)
"When I booked a room with balcony I was aiming to have a balcony not a door that opens and railing"

Reviewed on 27 Jul 2021

Sheraton Fallsview Hotel
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
TownePlace Suites by Marriott Toronto Northeast/Markham
TownePlace Suites by Marriott Toronto Northeast/Markham
3 out of 5
7095 Woodbine Avenue, Markham, ON
The price is £80 per night from 2 Aug to 2 Aug
Situated in Markham, this spa aparthotel is within 9 mi (15 km) of Fairview Mall, Ontario Science Centre and Scarborough Town Centre. Sunnybrook Hospital and ...
4.3/5Excellent! (661 reviews)
"Great extended stay with kitchenette"

Reviewed on 19 Jun 2021

TownePlace Suites by Marriott Toronto Northeast/Markham
All Suites Whitney Manor
All Suites Whitney Manor
4 out of 5
8 Starr Place, Kingston, ON
The price is £186 per night from 15 Aug to 15 Aug
Situated on the riverfront, this apartment building is 2.6 mi (4.2 km) from Glen Lawrence Golf Club and 2.9 mi (4.7 km) from Garrison Golf and Curling Club. ...
4.8/5Exceptional! (120 reviews)
"Lovely suite with everything you needed."

Reviewed on 17 Jul 2021

All Suites Whitney Manor
Sherkston Shores RV Resort
Sherkston Shores RV Resort
2.5 out of 5
490 Empire Road, Port Colborne, ON
This family-friendly Port Colborne cottage is located near the beach, within 1 mi (2 km) of Lake Erie and Pleasant Beach. Humberstone Centennial Park Beach and ...
Sherkston Shores RV Resort
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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