I am a huge fan of Niagara. Every few years, I find myself drawn back to this beautiful destination. It really is a wonderful place to stay. The area has everything you could possibly hope for. All kinds of holidaymakers are catered for. It really is hard not to have a good time when you visit the Niagara Falls. But, you will get so much more out of your vacation if you plan ahead. Here are some things I suggest you do.
Treat yourself to a luxury hotel
If you can, stay in a hotel that offers you a view of the famous waterfalls. Go online and look for hotel packages at the Niagara Falls Marriott and others that offer Fallsview rooms.
There really is nothing quite like sitting in your room with a chilled glass of something looking out over the majestic Falls. Having a bird’s eye view really is the only way to fully realize just how big and impressive these waterfalls are. Even if you can only afford to stay in a Fallsview room for one night, it is an experience you really should not miss. The waterfalls are now lit and at most times of the year, you can enjoy a light show and sometimes fireworks as well.
Put together an itinerary
The fact that there is so much to do and see in the area means it is worth putting together an itinerary. This will ensure that you do not miss anything and that you do not waste any precious time.
List out what you want to see. Go online and find out what the opening times are and, on a map, put a pin in each of the attractions. Doing this will enable you to group things together into a logical order. This will stop you from wasting time traveling between attractions. It is so annoying when you have to double back on yourself to visit somewhere you drove right past only hours before.
Load your phone with the apps you will need
If you are planning to use public transport note which bus number you will take along with the stop details. Save links to the relevant timetables to your phone. Or better still download a general transport app that covers the area. A map app and maybe TripAdvisor will also come in handy.
Book some of your entrance tickets in advance
Once you have put together your itinerary investigate the possibility of booking some things in advance. This will usually save you money and you should not have to queue.
The weather in the area varies. Even in the summer, it can be a bit chilly or rain. So, you need to pack accordingly. Plus, there are lots of activities that you can potentially enjoy while staying in the area. If you want to do something like hike alongside the Falls you will need the right footwear to be able to do so without crippling your feet.
So, write out a packing list. Doing it early will focus your mind and give you the chance to go shopping for anything you do not already own.
This forum Q&A page contains some very good advice about what to pack. It really is worth reading through it before writing out your packing checklist.