Oh, Niagara Falls! Comprised of what are actually three separate waterfalls, what is generally referred to as the Niagara Falls is made up of the Bridal Veil Falls and the American Falls on the US side of the border and the showstopping Horseshoe Falls on the Canadian side.
Cumulatively, the falls have the highest flow rate of any waterfalls in the world with as much as 225,000 cubic feet of water rushing over the edge of the falls per second, swirling below in one of the greatest spectacles in the theater of Nature.
Which season should you visit Niagara Falls?
Niagara Falls is beautiful in every season. Want to avoid crowds? trivago data shows that the majority of US visitors are booking hotels from June till August with August being both the busiest and most expensive time to visit.
The most budget friendly time to visit? January shows the least expensive average nightly rates but prices remain low until May. April is both a budget and temperature-friendly time to visit.
As far as the beauty of the Falls is concerned, come in the summer and the water is a stunning shade of turquoise, intersected by bright rainbows cutting through the mist. Visit in fall to enjoy the changing foliage, showcasing the falls against a vivid backdrop of reds, yellows and oranges from the trees which give Canadians their greatest international export — Maple syrup!
Holiday in winter and be treated to fewer tourists and a frozen wonderland entangling lamp posts, walls, buildings and trees into a sculptural ice display. Come in spring and see a glorious spectacle of daffodils and tulips, raging in bloom thanks to the wealth of water gently showering them from the falls.
Photos by Leonora Enking, Eduardo Zárate, Sheila Thomson and Diego Torres Silvestre CC BY
Is there anything to do in Niagara Falls other than see the Falls?
While the main draw might the Horseshoe Falls, the city and the surrounding areas are ripe with other things to keep your vacation time packed with activities.
Take the Whirlpool Aero Car from Canada to the US border and back (you don’t even need a passport!). You’ll be dangling on a line in a 100 year old antique cable car, making your way over the river and the Niagara Whirlpool, around 4 miles downstream from the falls. This naturally occurring water formation is about 410 feet (125 meters) deep and it’s quite a rush to see it from above.
While in the area, be sure to try some of the region’s famous ice wines. The sweet taste and concentrated flavor comes from the half frozen grapes which are picked after the first seasonal frost. If you have the time, considering making the trip to a local winery for a full tour and tasting.
If you’ve got a couple of extra loonies and toonies in your picket ($1 and $2 coins, as they are called in Canada), try your luck at the Fallsview Casino Resort. The largest gaming facility in Canada, not only can you win a pretty penny, but they also have big-headliner concerts on site.
Gazing at the Falls might leave with you a strong desire to swim, splash and slide. The Fallsview Indoor Waterpark serves to fill the void which the Falls can’t — no swimming or jumping in allowed there! The Fallsview Waterpark has 16 slides, a wave pool and an outdoor heated sundeck. Hot springs welcome walking-weary visitors to rest achy bones.
Looking for the best hotels With A View Of Niagara Falls?
If you’re looking to make the most of your time in Niagara Falls, head to Canada and check in to a hotel with a coveted Fallsview. Hotels have been competing for the “Best View of Niagara Falls” for decades. Old and new, they have lined up across from the Horseshoe Falls to ensure dramatic views from the minute you wake up to the last second before you fall asleep of this slice of the untameable Canadian wild.
If you’re looking for a view of the Falls from your room, book a Fallsview room ahead of time. This is the general rule of thumb in most Niagara Falls hotels. Due to the popularity of these rooms, they are usually fully booked and those much-dreamed of “upgrades” to rooms with better views are rare. Most hotels also require that cars be parked via their valet service, so if you’re looking to save some dollars, park in a private lot.
Embassy Suites Fallsview
6700 FALLSVIEW BOULEVARD
If you’re looking to get the widest angle on the falls, Embassy Suites Fallsview have sweeping views of Horseshoe Falls and also the American Falls. Suites have private bedrooms and separate living rooms with a full-sized sofa bed, making it easy to accommodate large groups. The onsite Keg Steakhouse & Bar boasts a fine panoramic views of the falls from its 9th floor location– you can only fathom how much more appetizing that rare rib steak will be when paired with this vista!
Enjoy cooked-to-order omelettes with bacon and potatoes alongside fruits, pastries and oatmeal for breakfast. Once you’re fueled up for the day, saunter from that prime 42-story view and walk the 100 yards to the brink of the falls.
Photos taken from the Embassy Suites Fallsview Facebook page.
6740 FALLSVIEW BOULEVARD
The large, airy rooms at the Marriott Fallsview open onto a landscape dominated by the Falls. If you get bored by the view, are plagued by rainy weather or are simply feeling lucky, head across the skywalk to the Niagara Falls Casino and try your hand at a jackpot.
If you’re visiting in the winter, consider upgrading to a room with a fireplace and whirlpool tub for an extra level of coziness as you look over the falls. Luxury bedding welcomes Falls-weary travelers at the end of the day. The hotel has a Starbucks in the lobby and an onsite restaurant with casual fare, as well as an indoor swimming pool and a spa if you feel like some pampering is in order.
Photos taken from trivago.
6361 FALLSVIEW BOULEVARD
Photos taken from trivago.
If you’re visiting with children, the Hilton Fallsview not only has a fantastic views from their Fallsview Boulevard location (the address really says it all!) but they also have an indoor waterpark. Complete with a 30-foot waterslide, which kid or grownup can resist some splash time in the pool? The hotel spans across three towers overlooking the falls with spacious, family-friendly suites that can sleep up to six people.
You’ll also be connected via the walkway to the Fallsview Casino and can dine at the rooftop Watermark restaurant for a scenic look at the falls lit up at night.
Sheraton On The Falls
5875 FALLS AVENUE
If you’re looking to forgo your morning shower, just open the floor to ceiling windows and french doors in your room at the Sheraton on the Falls hotel and shampoo and condition with help from the mist of the Falls. If you fancy getting a bit wetter, head to the 14th floor indoor pool or the 7th floor seasonal outdoor pool (weather permitting) both of which boast some lovely panoramas of the Falls. The hotel’s farm-to-table restaurant Windows serves up fare from the local region’s rich farmlands. The hotel also features a Niagara Falls staple: the buffet! Mountains of delicious food are paired with an incredible view of the Falls and access to a balcony so that you can get the perfect above-the-falls selfie. Come hungry. For those requiring a caffeine jolt, there’s a very convenient Starbucks in the lobby.
A prime location at the base of the tourist promenade Clifton Hill and the iconic Rainbow Bridge add the to appeal of the Sheraton on the Falls as a home base for your Niagara Falls holiday.
6732 FALLSVIEW BOULEVARD
What better way to get a premium postcard-worthy Instagram photo of the Falls than from the top floors of the 160-meter tower which makes up the Tower Hotel?
Room 2709 is rumored to have the best view from the entire hotel, but don’t expect to be disappointed by the others with massive windows that dominate the outside walls of the hotel. The Tower Hotel plays into the general kitsch of Niagara Falls with brightly-hued rooms which play off the neon colors illuminating the Falls at night. Funky patterns, free WiFi and a unique selection of furniture lending to a boutique hotel feel. At the 525 feet mark above the falls you’ll find the onsite restaurant, Marilyn’s Bistro & Lounge offering a locally-infused Mediterranean menu.
Radisson Hotel and Suites Fallsview
6733 FALLSVIEW BOULEVARD
Prepare to be lulled to sleep by the soothing song of the Falls from the comfort of your massive bed. Plush and comfortable, the Radisson Hotel and Suites Fallsview offers up a great panoramic view of the Falls. Looking to inject a little romance into your trip? Upgrade to a room with a whirlpool tub, located right next to the window so you can splash together in a bubble bath while enjoying the fine view worthy of a painting.
The hotel has plenty of dining options with two restaurants onsite: Tony Roma’s is renowned for their succulent ribs and the Outback Steakhouse puts an Australian spin on grilled steaks. Combined there’s enough variety to never have to leave the hotel premises and never stray too far from those fabulous views.
Crowne Plaza Hotel Fallsview
5685 FALLS AVENUE
Looking for luxury in Niagara Falls? Book a room on the 11th or 12th floor of the historic Crowne Plaza Hotel and prepare to be whisked away (by a private antique elevator) to a view to kill for in these hallowed halls. You’ll be in good company as the hotel was briefly home to Marilyn Monroe, who stayed here during the filming of her film Niagara. We can attest that Marilyn would have certainly enjoyed the onsite spa with an infinity hydrotherapy tub that offers spectacular views of the Falls as you soak away your woes.
Further Hollywood connections include hotel guests like Sly Stallone, Bruce Willis and Jackie Chan. The 11th floor balcony terrace was also featured in a scene in The Whole Nine Yards. It could be the very one where you’ll be munching on room service from the Rainbow Room by Massimo Capra while enjoying the same stunning view as showcased in the movie.
Marriott Niagara Falls Gateway
6755 FALLSVIEW BOULEVARD
Veering a mere 200 yards from the brink of the Falls, the Marriott Niagara Falls Gateway is a modern hotel bringing the view straight to your room. Massive windows in polished rooms offer unobstructed views of the Falls. Many rooms offer separate seating areas and fireplaces while others have two story loft windows that give the impression of hanging above the falls.
Have you visited Niagara Falls and stayed at any of these hotels? Which one had your favorite view?