Ever reminisce about the summer road trips you took as a kid? The ones with the terrible car singing, bagged lunches, moderate ac and fighting for space for hours on end? For some reason at the end of those trips, the final sights always faded into the background and what was left were the memories of those not-so-terrible car rides. That nostalgia led us to Niagara Falls. We’ve been there – multiple times as kids and new adults, but this time we wanted to create some of those same memories for our little girl Sofia (minus the bagged lunches) and to actually see the Falls.
This time around we went together with another ground of family friends. Probably one of the best decisions was to travel as a group. The hours driving melted away between the entertainment and chatter. Plus, being together brought more options for activities and experiences that we normally wouldn’t have considered alone. That being said, just make sure your friends share the same interest, and match your personalities or you will end up making some not so great memories 😉
Just at an eye level, the Falls are awe-inspiring enough. But, taking them in a thousand feet from above is something else. A lot of nice hotels offer the ‘falls view’ and we say take the plunge and get those rooms. We stayed at the Embassy Suites by Hilton and it offered breathtaking views of the Falls. At the end of the night, nothing compared to coming back to the room and just standing by the floor to ceiling windows gazing out. Or at sunrise watching the horizon come to life. Jaw-droppingly beautiful!
If the hotel view is not a priority, another way to experience the looking down option is to go for dinner at Skylon Tower. Arrive for sunset and stay to watch the fireworks. Situated along the lines of a fine dining experience there are many cool elements to the place such as the rotating dining room, the endless windows looking down at the beautiful imagery and the fact you have to take an elevator to get to the restaurant tower itself. Still, be aware the dinner itself can be mediocre so know in advance you are paying mostly for the view and experience.
One other thing that we did for the first time thanks to our friends suggestion was the boat ride into the falls. By far, the most fun part of the trip! If you feel that looking down at the falls is something extraordinary, wait until you are almost at the mouth of them and look up. Towering over you, the falls are enormous and can incite a good amount of exhilaration / fear. This experience really was something out of this world!
And of course if you have an extra day or two, head over to Toronto. About two hours away, explore the culture in this quaint city. A ton of dining, shopping, and exploring options set within a tight city radius. We had amazing lunch at this cute restaurant called Cibo a friendly local recommended. But with so many bars and restaurants, it looked like you could hardly go wrong picking a place.
So who’s ready to head north? Happy exploring friends!
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