Hey travel lovers!
If you’re following my Instagram @karoadores you know that we had an amazing time during our US East Coast Road Trip.
The Niagara Falls were the first of ten stunning destinations and in this blogpost I want to give you 5 essential tips to plan your own visit.
Due to our 3,5 week – schedule to see the most stunning places on the US East Coast, we only had one full day to explore the Niagara Falls. Obviously we wanted to make the most out of our 24 hours and we had the best day!
So keep reading if you want to know how you can have a great experience in one day!
Here is a short overview of my essential tips for your 24h visit to the Niagara Falls:
- Visiting the Niagara Falls by car will save lots of time & energy!
- Arrive before 10am to get the best pictures!
- Don’t buy an expensive activity pass – It’s a waste of money!
- Make sure to visit both the US and Canadian side
- Save the boat trip until the end!
1.) Visiting the Niagara Falls by car will save lots of time & energy!
Since we were on a road trip we obviously had a rental car available. However, I would definitely recommend arriving at the Niagara Falls by car.
It will definitely be easier to have water, different clothes, sunscreen etc. available and will save tons of time that are not wasted walking around in the tourist areas. The distance between the different „stations“ is quite big and you can either walk all the way or take the car.
We took the car because it was insanely hot and we didn’t want to lose our energy by walking around in the heat. It was more important to us to spend as much time close to the Falls as possible.
2.) Start before 10am to avoid masses of tourists!
Starting early in the morning is definitely your best option if you want to avoid tourist masses and get stunning pictures and video material.
We arrived at the American Falls around 9:30am and still had the luxury of not having to deal with many tourists. Two hours later the whole place was crowded and taking pictures became so much more difficult.
Furthermore it might be a great idea to start with the observation platform at the Horseshoe Falls (American side), so you can continue to see the Bridal Veils afterwards (two different parking lots!) and cross the Rainbow Bridge to go the Canadian side later on.
Obviously, if you start your trip from the Canadian side, you can finish at the Horseshoe Falls.
3.) Don’t buy an expensive adventure pass!
We were looking into different options on how to plan our day and the adventure pass is definitely quite expensive. You’ll easily spend 100 Dollars for two persons and in my opinion it’s simply not worth it.
The pass includes lots of activities like the aquarium etc. that basically don’t have much to do with the actual Falls. If you want to make the walking tour of the caves etc., it will be easier for you to purchase a ticket separately.
In our case we only spent money on the parking lots (10Dollars for the first lot, second lot will be free if you show ticket), on the border to go to Canada and the boat tour (45 Dollars for two persons).
Since parking etc. is not included, you’ll pay all of this extra and your day will be super expensive.
We also didn’t visit the observation platform on the US side since we were planning on going to the Canadian side anyway and I don’t have the feeling we missed anything. The views were breathtaking from every point we visited for free!
4.) Definitely visit both the US and the Canadian side!
After visiting the Horseshoe Falls observation platform and the Bridal Veil fall on the US side, we got our car from the second parking lot and crossed the Rainbow Bridge to Canada.
Make sure to bring your passports no matter if you’re in your car or crossing the border on the walkway!
The views from the Canadian side were equally stunning and I would not be able to choose one side if I had too.
In my opinion, visiting both sides is absolutely essential to get the best impressions!
We finished the day by doing the boat tour on the Canadian side and it was so much fun!
5.) Save the boat trip until the end!
After a very hot day of strolling around and enjoying the fantastic views, it was so refreshing to take the boat trip!
You should definitely do it because nothing compares to experiencing the power of the water masses while being on a boat.
However, I would recommend saving the boat trip until the end because you’ll definitely get soaked!
So if you want to take pictures of yourselves it’s a great idea to do that before going on the boat. We also brought an extra pair of shoes for each of us that we left in the car which was parked in a lot on the Canadian side.
It’s not fun to walk around if your shoes and clothes are completely wet and your hair is messed up so we don’t regret saving the boat trip until the end of your day. You’ll have so much fun enjoying the stunning views and it’s such a unique experience!
Have you ever visited the Niagara Falls? Which extra tipps would you like to share?
Feel free to leave a comment and stay tuned for the second part of our US East Coast Road Trip – the amazing city of Boston (coming soon)!