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Road trip from Washington DC to Niagarra Falls trip advise

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Road trip from Washington DC to Niagarra Falls trip advise

I am planning on taking my mom for her birthday on a roatrip from DC to Niagara Falls.

-Any suggestions as to hotels to stay in Niagara falls?

-Should we visit both the USA and Canada side?

-along the way any fun/interesting places to stop by?

-planning on going 12/20-12/22

Please help I am trying to make her birthday special

Thank you in advance

Adriana

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1. Re: Road trip from Washington DC to Niagarra Falls trip advise

This will be about an 8 to 10 hour drive. I suggest driving I270 to Frederick MD, then take US15 up to Corning, NY, then I290 to Rochester, then I90 to Buffalo and then to the Falls. It is pretty much off season at the Falls. Most of the amenities are on the Canadian side, so make sure you have proper documentation to cross into Canada. The Sheraton Hotel (by the falls) is a good location to stay. Hope this helps. Enjoy your stay.

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2. Re: Road trip from Washington DC to Niagarra Falls trip advise

Adriana, welcome to TA and the road trips forum.

The best viewing of the falls is from Canada. Passports, or other specified documentation, are required to cross the border.

At this time of year, day time flow across the falls is reduced to 25 percent of the natural flow rate, compared to 50 percent during the tourist season.

The Maid of the Mist does not run at this time of year and several other popular attractions are closed.

You may encounter heavy snowfall on you way there or back.

Check out the Niagara Falls, Ontario, forum for hotel advice.

tripadvisor.com/ShowForum-g154998-i97-Niagar…

I don't think you'll have time to see much on your road trip other than NF, with one day there and one day back.

The Corning Museum of Glass in Corning, NY, may be a good stop either coming or going.

Other possibilities would include Fallingwater, Pittsburgh, Ohio Amish Country located southwest of Canton, Ohio, and the Oglebay Winter Festival of Lights.

http://www.oglebay-resort.com/fol.htm

tripadvisor.com/Travel-g50207-s407/Cleveland…

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3. Re: Road trip from Washington DC to Niagarra Falls trip advise

Hi,

TE offers some good advice, and under his comment about "other specified documentation" needed to enter Canada, you may want to check with your insurance company.

When I let mine know I was going into Canada, they sent me a proof of insurance card specific to Canada (they didn't change my existing policy or charge me more; just sent the proof of insurance card).

Safe travels,

Zed

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4. Re: Road trip from Washington DC to Niagarra Falls trip advise

Welcome to TripAdvisor, Adriana;

There is very little open on the American side, in December, so including the Canadian side, is a must.

Citizens of the United States require one of the following to cross the border by land.

• U.S. Passport

• U.S. Passport Card

• Enhanced Driver’s License (EDL)

• Trusted Traveler Program Card

Kids 15 and under just need their birth certificates.

For complete details;

http://www.knowyourborder.gov/

Regarding the Corning Museum of Glass....you could spend and entire day there !

Best Regards

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