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City of the Month: San Francisco, the Most Charming City in the U.S.

Friday, February 14th, 2014

Each city has its own unique personality that shines through just like the characteristics we look for in a soul mate. San Francisco, the seventh most popular domestic destination for Americans according to the Hotels.com Hotel Price Index™ (HPI™), claimed the title of “Most Charming” in a recent Hotels.com survey.  This Valentine’s Day, we are honoring San Francisco as the most charming city to take a valentine, and for the rest of February, we’ll let you in on some of the best hotels, activities and hidden gems in this City of the Month.

How to Spend Valentine’s Day in Charming San Francisco:

Villa Florence, a hotel in the heart of Union Square, oozes 0_BYC59Tcharm.  In contemporary Italian style, it features a breathtaking marble lobby and rooms draped in colors of Tuscany.  The location is ideal, two blocks away from the Theatre district and in the midst of Union Square.  The adjacent restaurant, Kuletos, provides decadent Italian dishes, perfect for a romantic getaway.  Head over to close by Bar Norcini for cocktails in an intimate nightcap to the evening.  The hotel is not far from Fisherman’s Wharf and the Embacadero, where couples can sample delicious local foods, see beautiful sights off the Bay, and even embark on a romantic Valentine’s Day cruise.

To find the latest hotel deals and Valentine’s Day travel ideas, visit Hotels.com and follow @hotelsdotcom on Twitter.

 

About the Survey: Conducted by Google Consumer Surveys between January 25 – 31, 2014. Each question sampled at least 1,200 unique, randomly sampled internet users across the Google Consumer Surveys publisher network.

 
 

 

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Where to Stay in Charlotte: TSB City of the Month

Monday, December 16th, 2013

From gleaming high-rise banking hotels to local B&Bs and water park resorts, Charlotte’s mix of hotel accommodations matches the city’s diversity of business, art and culture. So no matter what you are looking for when planning a visit to Charlotte, you’re sure to rest comfortably in ‘The Queen City.’

For Shopping

In the affluent SouthPark neighborhood, the Hampton Inn & Suites SouthPark at Phillips Place is just steps from shopping, wining and dining. Not to mention this gem is affordable too, with rates from $145/night on Hotels.com.  In the same area you may also want to consider a stay at the Marriott Charlotte Park Hotel.

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If you want to get in the middle of Charlotte’s Center City, and close to Bank of America Stadium, reserve your room at the Westin Charlotte. It

has 700 rooms offering beautiful views; there’s even an indoor pool.

The Embassy Suites Charlotte/Concord Golf Resort & Spa is the “official” hotel of Charlotte Motor Speedway and is actually within walking distance. Many NASCAR drivers and teams actually stay here. But fast driving shouldn’t be the only reason to consider this resort; it also features a spa and golf course.

For Romance

It’s hard to not feel the love at the Charlotte landmark hotel where southern charm meet modern luxury. Duke Mansion was built in 1915, features 20 roomsand is on the National Registry of Historic Places. It’s played both home and host to plenty of prominent figures. The hotel operates as a non-profit with proceeds going to preserve and protect the Charlotte treasure.

For Business

A business traveler’s home away from home, The Hyatt Place Charlotte – City Park offers free parking, free Wi-fi, a convenient café/coffee shop for snacks on the go and conference rooms equipped with A/V resources.

2733328_25For Families

Smart parents know that when you are traveling on a site seeing vacation with the kids, planning some “quality kid time” is critical to the trip’s success. Charlotte’s Great Wolf Lodge is a great family destination and even makes for a great staycation for families living in the surrounding communities. A stay at this hotel includes access to the property’s 80,000 square foot water park.

 
 

 

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Things to do in Charlotte, NC: TSB City of the Month

Wednesday, December 11th, 2013

Charlotte is a fast growing city with much to enjoy for people of all ages. While most visitors head to ‘The Queen City’ between the spring and fall, there’s still plenty to do during the winter months; and right now during the holidays is no exception.

Holiday Happenings in Charlotte

Just 15 miles west of Charlotte is the small town of McAdenville (population 700). For the past 50 years, McAdenville, otherwise known as “Christmastown USA” has kept the Charlotte area merry and bright with its amazing light display that drawls more than 600,000 visitors each year and has even garnered the attention of TIME Magazine. There’s only one way through town so you can’t miss anything. Locals say the lights are best experienced on foot.

An animatronic orchestra of computerized bears, the Leonard Bearstein Symphony Orchestra, is one of Charlotte’s favorite Christmas attractions. The “Bearstein Bears” complete with singers play favorite holiday classics at Founders Hall for free daily throughout December.

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One of the city’s oldest cultural institutions is the Mint Museum. The historic building used to house the United States Mint – hence the name – but today its two-campus set-up houses both an impressive art collection and a popular craft and design museum.

North Carolina is regarded as the “Birthplace of Aviation,” and the Charlotte region is steeped in flight history. Located on the grounds of Charlotte/Douglas International Airport, the Carolinas Aviation Museum has a collection of over 50 aircraft and a large collection of smaller historic items related to aviation in the North and South Carolina.

The museum even recently added the body of US Airways flight 1549, the famed “Miracle on the Hudson” plane.

For the theme park enthusiast, you’ll be thrilled to know that Charlotte is home to Carowinds. This theme park actually crosses the borer between NC and SC, so you can be in two states at once. And, if it’s a water park you are looking for, Charlotte is also home to a Great Wolf Lodge, doubling as a great hotel option for your visit, too.

The first actually documented gold found in the United States occurred in the nearby Reed Gold Mine in Midland, NC. There’s no charge to tour the mine or see the museum and it is $3 to pan for gold.

Food for the Soul in Charlotte

Charlotte’s unique blend of business and southern hospitality seem to be the right ingredient for culinary success in the city. You can find just about anything in Charlotte to please even the most discerning palettes. Here are a few dining recommendations for your visit to Charlotte.

Mert’s Heart & Soul serves southern cuisine that is as authentic as it comes. All I can say is “Yum”. Mert’s has the best fried chicken, shrimp & grits, fried catfish around. Be sure to stop by for all the fixins.

The North Carolina Barbecue Society created a BBQ Trail all the way to Tennessee featuring 24 historic barbecue pits. I’m not sure whether to file this under “things to do” or “where to eat” but either way it would be deliciously fun.

Soul Gastrolounge is a hip and delicious choice for dinner. It stands in the top ten of Zagat’s best restaurants in Charlotte list. And, you can even catch a glimpse of the restaurant as it’s a backdrop spot in the new TV series, The Novice.

Be sure to make dinner reservations early enough in the evening so you’ll be able to get downtown for the Bobcats game at the Charlotte Bobcats Arena. The new team brings a lot of new excitement to the area.

We’ll round out the week with a few hotel recommendations for when you visit Charlotte whether on business, pleasure, for romance or with family.

 
 

 

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A Perfect Weekend Away in Charlotte, NC: TSB City of the Month

Tuesday, December 10th, 2013

If you’re looking too get away for a long weekend and you want to visit a city that is not too bustling, but not too quiet, not too artsy or action-packed, then try Charlotte, NC. It’s just right for a getaway weekend with the perfect combination of everything that makes ‘The Queen City’ a favorite travel spot for friends, couples and families up and down the East Coast.

200177106-001Charlotte is the #2 banking capital outside of Wall Street and gives the city a certain metropolitan buzz that you’d expect in a downtown. One of the things I like most about Charlotte is how pedestrian-friendly it is. You can walk anywhere in the vicinity of Trade and Tryon (the two main streets) and encounter art, music, and great dining options. Downtown is also a great place to sit and people-watch. It was especially prime people watching when Charlotte hosted the Democratic National Convention last year.

And just outside the city are some fantastic, hip neighborhoods beckoning for you to explore them. SouthPark is full of wonderful shops and restaurants. For an inexpensive treat, park at South 21 Curb Service and experience the 1955 drive-in a modern twist. Indulge in thick chocolate milk shakes, hot hush puppies, and crispy onion rings…and a trout sandwich.

Charlotte’s artsy NoDa neighborhood features some of the finest art galleries around. Twice a month there is an art crawl, held on the 1st and 3rd Friday starting at 6pm, and let’s you peruse some of the city’s finest galleries. After you can chill at Dolce Vita, a low-key wine bar and neighborhood gathering spot.

And up the road in Concord, NC, you can get that small-town experience. Concord features three historical districts with many beautifully preserved homes worth driving around and the Memorial Gardens are a botanical delight in the spring and summer months. Union Street in Concord is a fun walk with local shops, restaurants, museums and art galleries.

Later this week, we’ll take a look at where to stay and more suggestions on what to do and areas to explore when visiting Charlotte.

 
 

 

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City of the Month: Where to Stay in Costa Rica

Friday, November 22nd, 2013

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Whether you want to live lavishly at an all-inclusive resort in Costa Rica or rough it in the scenic landscape of the tropical rainforest and beaches, there are accommodations for every traveler’s taste and budget.

0_55844284The most common accommodations in Costa Rica are smaller hotels that are often family-run and full of charm and hospitality. Hotels can be found in the corner of a steamy rainforest to the base of a volcano and beachfront villas. Travelers who really want to be immersed into the culture of Costa Rica and the traditional Tico (local) lifestyle will enjoy staying in one of the country’s eco-hotels.

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Eco-hotels sometimes even run on solar power, and these lodging options often cater to people who want to do yoga on the beach, go hiking in the cloud forest or surfing along the coast.

La Palapa Eco Lodge Resort – Portalon

La Palapa Eco Lodge Resort is located in a rainforest, with 149 Acres of land, in the Central Pacific Coast of Portalon in Costa Rica. This resort is considered one for the most beautiful and well kept, and is just right for wildlife lovers.

Borinquen Mountain Resort & Spa

This Guancaste luxury boutique hotel that features private bungalows and villas even features its own hot springs, volcanic mud, and steam rooms. If you want tranquility, this is your spot!

Finca Rosa Blanca

0_73170348If you are looking for a little Costa Rican romance then stay at this organic coffee plantation and luxurious inn near San José. This eco-resort features award-winning restaurants and el Targua Spa. And as for the obvious, the coffee tour is not to be missed at Finca Rosa Blanca is a two-hour journey to coffee connoisseurship and sustainable eco-tourism.

If you want to have everything at your fingertips, an all-inclusive resort might be the best option for you.

Occidental Grand Papagayo Resort – Adults Only-All Inclusive

At this all-inclusive property meals and beverages at onsite restaurants and bars are included in room rates. Taxes and gratuities, recreational activities, and entertainment are included.

Barcelo Langosta Beach – All Inclusive

Located in Northwest Costa Rica in the town of Tamarindo, this all-inclusive resort is fun for the whole family. It’s an ideal spot for sports and nature lovers.

 

 

 
 

 

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City of the Month: Keep Your Head in the Clouds & Your Toes in the Sands of Costa Rica

Thursday, November 21st, 2013

You have big decisions to make when you visit Costa Rica: beach or jungle? Clouds or Volcano? Monkey versus sloth? If time allows, you can just choose them all. Costa Rica is one of the most bio-diverse regions of the world. Take time to immerse yourself in the natural wonders it has to offer.

There are two great hikes through the jungle to gorgeous beaches at the Cabo Blanco Nature Reserve, located in the Nicoya peninsula of Costa Rica. This national park was the first protected area in the country and has paved the way for Costa Rica’s eco-tourism initiatives.

Most anywhere along the coast, visitors have their pick of yoga studios in town and can go horseback riding on the beach, sail, snorkel or go on a fishing excursion to Tortuga Island. The privately owned Curu National Wildlife Refuge is a great place to see birds and wildlife and it has a lovely, deserted beach.

In Monteverde, take one of the zip-line canopy tours. I recommend the tour in Selvatura Park, which also features other interesting exhibits. It’s here that you’ll explore the rainforests with howler monkeys and macaws. Take the time for the Cloud Forest Tour or the horseback mountain tour. And some say the Extreme Tarzan Swing ($35/each + $15 for the headcam video is one of the craziest things they’ve ever done; up for the challenge?

Manuel Antonio National Park is a small conservation area that manages to encompass both the jungle and pristine beaches. Thousands of wildlife species thrive here. It’s hard to miss the fuzzy sloths hanging from branches, toucans nesting in the treetops and green iguanas basking in the leaves. Capuchin monkeys may even join you on the beaches.

Costa Rica is home to six active volcanoes. This is both intimidating and exciting to me. Arenal is one of the country’s most active and most visited volcanoes. There are Hanging Bridges to cross and Hot Springs that actually surround the volcano and serve every budget and style. It’s easiest to visit from San José so plan accordingly when laying out your route.

What did I miss? Bird watching, kayaking, rivers and lakes, coffee plantations, ATV tours… there’s much to explore in the tiny republic of Costa Rica or you could just grab a good book and head to a hammock on the beach. Which only means one thing: a few good reasons to come back and visit again.

 

 
 

 

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City of the Month: Costa Rica… Yes, It’s a Republic Not a City.

Tuesday, November 19th, 2013

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Each month Travel Smart Blog features a city to explore and inspire future travels. This month, I wanted to focus on Costa Rica but choosing just one city was impossible. In fact, the tiny republic of Costa Rica only has a population of 4.6 Million people, which is half the size of New York City, so I figured why not just profile the whole country!

Situated between Nicaragua and Panama on the Central American Isthmus, the country has three distinct regions influenced by their locations: the Pacific coast, the Caribbean and the Central Region.

What used to truly be a place to live like Robinson Crusoe has captivated the imaginations of surfers, yogis and eco-tourists. In fact, Starbucks recently bought nearly 600 acres of land near the Poas Volcano (an easy day-trip from San Jose), to establish a laboratory to experiment with new varieties of coffee. While the road infrastructure is still a bit primitive and can make traveling to some of the areas a bit more challenging, Costa Rica is for adventure seekers, families, couples and those looking to relax. More and more hotels, resorts, yoga and surf camps, and eco-tourism attractions pop up every month making Costa Rica a must-add-destination to your vacation list.

Getting Around
As I referenced above, the roads in Costa Rica are pretty bad and car rentals can be pricey. So believe it or not, cheap flights between cities are often the best way to see the country. Check out this local airline Nature Air. There are currently two international airports in Costa Rica. Juan Santamaria Airport is the oldest and centrally located north of San José. Liberia (LIR) opened two years ago and is the gateway airport to the beaches of the Guanacaste region and the Nicoya Peninsula. Flying into Liberia saves you a 5 hour drive to the beaches.

Climate
Costa Rica’s Central Valley is famous for having some of the best weather in the world, due to its’ mountainous location yet only 9 degrees from the equator. But the difference in the mountains or on the beaches can vary by 20 degrees. Look out for these micro-climates. The high mountain areas (Monteverde, Savegre, Poás Volcano, etc.) can get chilly – pack a light sweater or jacket.

Cities to Visit in Costa Rica

San José
Spend a few days in the capital city of San José and embrace the history and culture of Costa Rica. The introduction of coffee to the Central Valley in the early nineteenth century fueled San José’s prosperity as the city embraced capitalism. San José is like any big city, although relatively casual: stick to long pants (dresses and skirts also work for women). Most visitors spend a day or two here before venturing to the jungles and beaches. Be sure to see the Plaza de la Cultura, the Museos del Banco Central de Costa Rica, and see if you can get tickets for a performance at the Teatro Nacional.

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To the North you’ll find the beach towns of the Nicoya Peninsula in the southwestern part of Guancaste province, which are some of the best surfing spots imaginable. This is why the area is gaining in popularity and experiencing explosive growth. Despite new development, the region’s natural beauty remains intact. None is more beautiful than the beaches of Santa Teresa. But nearby Jaco, Tamarindo, and in the South Dominical beckon to beachgoers for R&R or a surfer’s paradise.

Monteverde and the Central Region
The mountain region of Costa Rica is made up of many small towns including Arenal Volcano, Monteverde, and Manuel Antonio. Monteverde is home to the Cloud Forests. Cloud forests are unique highland forests characterized by 100% humidity. A visit to this region inspires the imagination for all that is natural and sustainable. Be ready for some zip-line fun and spend a day or two at an eco-lodge of which I’ll recommend a few in an upcoming post.

Primary Language: Spanish

Currency: Costa Rican Colon

Capital: San José

Population: 4,695,900+

 

 
 

 

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City of the Month: Where to Stay in Niagara Falls

Monday, October 28th, 2013

Niagara Falls is really a fun weekend getaway. It’s easy, it’s affordable, and you can even get a stamp in your passport!

There are many hotel options on both the US and Canadian sides of the Falls. You are guaranteed to find exactly what you are looking for from water park hotels to quaint B&Bs to casinos or a great view of the Falls. In my opinion, the best hotel options are all on the Canadian side of the Falls, because they offer the best views of the falls. So, if you are US citizens, then you will need your passports. To see all the area has to offer, check out Niagara Falls hotels on Hotels.com. Here are a few hotel recommendations to get you started.

Hotels Near Niagara Falls

For Romance

Both the Prince of Wales and Queen’s Landing Hotels are part of the Vintage Hotels Collection and are located in the historic Niagara-on-the-Lakes region. The luxurious Prince of Wales has been a treasured landmark since 1864. The hotel features its own spa and an indoor swimming pool If you aren’t staying there, at least stop by for afternoon tea and experience the Victorian elegance of this timeless hotel. It’s sister property, Queen’s Landing, is equally elegant and romantic. Both are nicely tucked away from the crowds of the falls

The Sterling Inn & Spa, also in Ontario, caters to couples and even provides complimentary breakfast in bed and free parking. Just three blocks from the Falls, this converted milk processing plant (you don’t see that every day) is as unique as it is charming.

Fall-tastic Views

Be close to all the action when you stay at the Marriott Niagara Fallsview Hotel & Spa

Located in Ontario, Canada. Be sure to book a Fallsview room if that is important to you. There is a premium fee on these rooms but most visitors say the breathtaking views are worth it. This hotel is also directly across from the new Niagara Falls Casino.

The Tower Hotel is a 42-room boutique hotel perched 500 feet about Niagara Gorge. The hotel was recently renovated in 2011 and features sweeping views of the falls and even has its own wedding chapel.

Family fun

Great Wolf Lodge, Ripley’s Waterpark Resort is just three miles from the falls and only 23 miles from Buffalo, NY. And although it may look like a child’s campsite paradise, this resort features an Aveda concept salon and spa, restaurants, even a conference center.

From one mom to another, the family suites can’t be beat.

Sheraton on the Falls is located directly across from the famed Rainbow Bridge. With more than 600 rooms, this hotel has room for you and your friends and offers amenities that everyone can enjoy. Plus, it is connected to the Fallsview Indoor Waterpark. A winter visit to Niagara can even feel tropical when you escape inside this water oasis.

Have a great Niagara Falls travel tip to share? Tell us here on Travel Smart Blog!

And check out this awesome infographic courtesy of vintage-hotels.com/explore_niagara :

Niagara Activities

Niagara-on-the-Lake is located in the prettiest corner of one of Canada’s top tourist destinations – the Niagara Region. Here are a few recommendations to help you plan your getaway.

Top 5 things to do in Niagara-on-the-Lake

Top 5 Wine related activities in Niagara-on-the-Lake

Top 5 Art activities in Niagara

Top 5 Romantic Spots near Niagara-on-the-Lake

Top 5 Niagara-on-the-Lake outdoor activities

Top 5 Niagara area Golf Courses

Top 12 wineries near Niagara-on-the-Lake

Top 10 tourist attractions in Niagara-on-the-Lake

Top 10 Dates not to miss in Niagara on the Lake

Top 5 adventure activities in Niagara on the Lake

 

  • Niagara Falls
    A visit to the falls is never a disappointment. And with so many tourist attractions, the short, beautiful drive from Niagara-on-the-Lake is always worth it. Family friendly activities, exciting attractions and corny but fun museums await.
  • Jordan Village
    Situated amidst the wineries of the Niagara Escarpment, Jordan Village is brimming with things to do and see – culinary delights, galleries, fabulous shopping, antiques, history, award-winning wineries, hiking & biking paths.
  • St. Catharines + Port Dalhousie
    Filled with magnificent gardens, beautiful waterfront and over 1,000 acres of lush parkland. St. Catharines offers trails, fishing charters, cycling tours, sky diving, wind surfing, beaches, boating, marinas, sports fields, arenas, tobogganing, rowing, skating and cross country skiing venues. Visit the charming Lakeside Park Carousel, rides are only a nickel!
  • Grimsby
    The Art Festival on Nelles Boulevard in early September and Grimsby Art Gallery, lure hundreds of artists and craftspeople, and thousands of visitors from all over Ontario and the United States to view the work of some of Canada’s most outstanding artists.
  • Welland
    Visitors marvel at the area’s natural beauty as they enjoy any number of festivals, sporting events, and outdoor activities. Known officially as the Rose City, Welland is home to over 350 acres of fine parks and has one of the finest rose gardens in the country. It is also home to the Welland Recreational Canal — once part of the St. Lawrence Seaway System – and Merritt Island, an outdoor paradise nestled along the waterway.
 
 

 

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City of the Month: Niagara Falls Wanderlust

Thursday, October 24th, 2013

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Did you know that Niagara Falls State Park is the oldest state park in the U.S?

How about that it was once the scene of one of the most famous battles of the War of 1812? And, did you know it was a pivotal stop on the Underground Railroad?

0_73070662For most visitors, the Falls are the big attraction but there is much to explore and learn in this historic park.

Old Fort Niagara, the longest operational fort in North America, features the oldest original buildings on the Great Lakes and is the place to teach the kids a little history. The fort played an important role in the struggles of France, Great Britain, and the United States to control the Great Lakes region. Especially in summer, there are battle demonstrations and living history programs, though the Fort is open all year. Come and learn about the Fort’s ghost at Halloween and celebrate the holidays with two special weekends in December.

There’s no match for the experience of standing under the thundering American Falls on the Hurricane Deck. You can do this on the Cave of the Winds tour and on the Maid of the Mist Boat Tour, which I mentioned in my post earlier this week. Then, you should grab lunch or dinner at the Top of the Falls Restaurant. There’s not a bad view in the place, with floor-to-ceiling views of the Falls from every table.

But the Falls are not the only game in town. The Niagara region of Ontario, Canada is also becoming renowned for its wines. 25 wineries are within a 20-minute drive north of the Falls. The Niagara Wine Trail showcases not only wine but the beautiful countryside. Niagara Falls is well known in Canada for its Icewine, a dessert wine made from grapes frozen on the vines. In fact, every January there is the Niagara Icewine Festival.

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Nightlife options are aplenty on both the US and Canada sides of the Falls from local pubs to nightclubs for late night dancing. The legal drinking age in Canada is 19 and many of the nightclubs caters to the energy of this crowd. And for those who want to test their luck, casinos are located a little further down the road. Major casinos include the Casino Niagara and the Niagara Fallsview Casino Resort in Ontario and the Seneca Niagara Casino and Hotel in New York.

Hotel recommendations for your visit to Niagara Falls are coming up tomorrow.

 

 

 

 
 

 

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City of the Month: Next Stop Niagara Falls

Tuesday, October 22nd, 2013

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Tourist Boat in Niagara FallsFrom Marilyn Monroe to Superman, to The Office wedding of Jim and Pam, Niagara Falls is an icon of romance and adventure. Located between two major urban areas: Toronto, Ontario, Canada to the north and Buffalo, New York, USA to the southwest, Niagara Falls is not actually one waterfall, but three.

More than eight million visitors flock to the falls each year. You’ll spend more money and face more crowds by visiting in the summer but you can take full advantage of the weather and attractions. Spring and fall see fewer tourists with colder weather. And the winter sees many attractions like the boat tours to shut down. My husband actually surprised me for a Valentine’s weekend of fun in Niagara and nearby Toronto. And even on the coldest day of the year (at that time), we had a blast taking the Journey Behind the Falls tour. And you will definitely need a passport and an additional photo ID if you want to walk across the Rainbow Bridge to Canada or to participate in any of the attractions that originate on the Canadian side of the falls (like the Journey Behind the Falls tour).

Getting There

From US cities, I think flying into Buffalo Airport is the easiest and least expensive way to get to Niagara Falls. From the airport and depending on your trip plans, rent a car or take a shuttle to visit the falls.

Things to Do

It’s touristy for a reason! The Maid of the Mist boat tour is as good as it gets for that impressive, “as close as you can get”, experience seeing the American and Horseshoe Falls. These boat tours have been operating for more than 100 years.

stk211412rkeAnd if you are into how stuff works then be sure to visit The New York Power Authority free visitor center. See first-hand how the water from Niagara Falls generates enough electricity to power nearly two million households. Check out the view from the Power Vista’s Observation Deck 350 feet above the Niagara River Gorge. Kids will enjoy the hands-on activities.

Holidays in Niagara Falls

And, if you are looking for a haunted getaway to Niagara Falls, check out their spook-tacular Halloween happenings coming up this weekend. Plus, the Falls are lit up with lights for Christmas in Niagara Falls.

Later this week, read more about great spots to explore in and around Niagara Falls and the best hotels in the area, too.

 

 
 

 

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