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PSUgirl18
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trip during MLK weekend

I am thinking about making a trip to niagara falls (canadian side) on the weekend of Jan 15-18. I know very little about this area and am hoping for some suggestions as to where to stay, what to do, or is this is even a worth while season to visit. We will be driving from northern NJ and are hoping to make it a successful three day weekend and any suggestions would be greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance!

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1. Re: trip during MLK weekend

Hi PSUgirl18;

"...is this is even a worth while season to visit."

IMHO, there is never a bad time to visit Niagara Falls. Keep an eye on the weather for the Niagara area, as well as the area between there and New Jersey, and then make your decision.

For accommodations and things to do, I would suggest clicking on the green buttons to the left of your screen marked "Hotels in Niagara Falls" and "Things to Do". After you have selected a few, please come back to the forum with your selections, and we can assist you further. Without knowing your budget and interests, it is hard to make suggestions.

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2. Re: trip during MLK weekend

There is a broad range of accomodations and things to do in Niagara Falls, so without knowing your budget and preferences, it's hard to be too specific.

Niagara Falls is not a large city, and the majority of the tourist facilities are within a fairly compact area. This interactive arial view will give you a good perspective of the area close to the Falls. niagarafallslive.com/Niagara_Falls_Interacti…

For your reference, the distance from the last hotel on the right (Sheraton Fallsview) to the Rainbow Bridge, is about 1 1/2 miles.

The area in the middle, with the large hotels, is known as the Fallsview district. Most of the tall hotels here offer Fallsview rooms, but there are many other smaller hotels/motels/inns in this area as well. This is also where Fallsview Casino is located, plus many restaurants, Skylon Tower, Imax and other attractions.

The area to the upper left, near the end of the Rainbow Bridge, is the Clifton Hill area which also has Fallsview (and many othe) hotels, and many restaurants and attractions.

The strip of land immediately adjacent to the Falls and gorge (mostly hidden in this view by the hotels because it is actually down a hill quite lower than everything else) is Queen Victoria Park, operated and maintained by the Niagara Parks Commission. Table Rock Centre (Journey Behind the Falls, Niagara's Fury, Rink at the Brink), Floral Showhouse, and Maid of the Mist (in the summer) are located here.

Also not too far away is Niagara on the Lake and wine country. NOTL is a quaint, historic town full of shops and restaurants and surrounded by dozens of wineries, many that offer tours and tastings.

Check out these sites and then come back with a little more info on what type of hotel and experience you are looking for.

http://www.niagarafallstourism.com/

http://www.niagaraparks.com/

www.infoniagara.com/Hotels-Motels/index.aspx

http://www.niagaraonthelake.com/

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3. Re: trip during MLK weekend

Forgot to mention that Martin Luther King Day is not observed in Canada (as an official holiday anyways), so it should have no bearing on prices, busyness, etc.

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4. Re: trip during MLK weekend

Thank you both for the help so far. The interactive map was great! We are most interested in staying somewhere that we can get a falls view room. Nothing too fancy, but cleanliness is a MUST! We would like to go to at least one nice dinner (I have heard about some revolving restaurants with great views). I am also looking for some opinions on attractions like Maid of the Mist, Cave of the Winds, Behind the falls, and Great gorge adventure. Was also wondering if this is a good area to walk to most attractions or if taxis or public transportation is more feasible. Thanks!

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5. Re: trip during MLK weekend

You're Welcome, PSUgirl18 !

For good food and GREAT views, I would suggest The Keg Steakhouse in the Embassy Suites Hotel.

…kegsteakhouse.com/locations/…29

These hotels offer views of the Falls.

Fallsview Casino & Resort

Oakes Hotel

• Embassy Suites

• Marriott Fallsview

• Sheraton Fallsview

All of these are near Fallsview Casino. Just make sure that you get a FULL Fallsview room on a high floor when booking.

Now for the bad news...

Maid of the Mist, Cave of the Winds, and I believe the Great Gorge Adventure will all be closed for the winter. Journey Behind the Falls will be open.

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6. Re: trip during MLK weekend

Other Fallsview hotels:

Ramada Plaza in Fallsview area

Sheraton on the Falls and Crowne Plaza in Clifton Hill area.

Ones with partial views: Fallsview Plaza and Doubletree Resort.

The revolving restaurant is atop the Skylon Tower. They also have a buffet restaurant facing the Falls. Other good dining options are AG at the Sterling Inn, Canyon Creek Chophouse at Fallsview Casino and Casa D'Oro near the top of Clifton Hill.

The area is very walkable, except that it will probably be very cold, so may not be all that pleasant. The People Mover and FallsShuttle buses do not operate in the winter, so you may end up taking the occasional taxi.

A note, Great Gorge Adventure renamed to White Water Walk several years ago.

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7. Re: trip during MLK weekend

Hi PSUgirl18,

You have received some great advice so far... the one thing I would add is do keep an eye on the weather, because you will certainly be driving thru a snowy part of the USA where the weather conditions can change quite suddenly... and can wreck havoc with driving conditions... I-81 thru the PA Mountains and again around Syracuse NY and along the I-90 to Buffalo (a snowbelt and also lake effect snow).

The Niagara Region is of course famous for The Falls... and being the Honeymoon Capital of North America... but this region and the peninsula that lies between Lake Ontario and Lake Erie has great Geographical, Historical, Transportation, and Agricultural importance.

Coming when you are in January you will be just in time for the Annual Niagara Ice Wine Festival... Niagara is Ontairo's premier wine region, and ice wine an award winning world respected product which grows in this unique climate (in addition to all the other great varieties of wine that can be found here). There are over 100 wineries spread out across the Peninsula between Niagara-on-the-Lake and Winona. There are special events to celebrate the festival, but as always the wineries are open year round for tastings and tours. For more info see the Festival Website at http://www.niagarawinefestival.com/ for more info on Ontario Wineries in general see http://winesofontario.org/

For more info on historic NOTL (War of 1812 - Terminus on the Underground Railway) and all that she has to offer (Boutique Hotels, Country Inns, B&Bs, Fine Dining, Spas, Shopping, Art Galleries, etc) as well as Wineries and Wine Touring check out TA's NIAGARA-ON-THE-LAKE Pages and TRAVEL FORUM.

As your visit coincides with the MLK holiday (Martin Luther King Weekend) in the spirit of that, you might want to also investigate the history of the Underground Railroad and the route to freedom that many slaves took to Canada... here are some websites to get you started on that adventure:

READING & INTERACTIVE:

Wiki Underground Railroad = en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Underground_Railroad

Interactive Website - Freedom Trail = http://www.freedomtrail.ca/

Interactive Website – African Heritage Path to Freedom = niagaraculturaltourism.com/africanheritagema…

HISTORIC SITES & MUSEUMS

Parks Canada – The Underground Railroad in Canada = pc.gc.ca/canada/proj/cfc-ugrr/cfc-ugrr2_e.asp

Freedom Crossing – Niagara University = http://www.freedomcrossingniagara.com/

SELF-GUIDED DRIVING TOUR

Driving the Underground Railway = greaterniagara.com/driving_tours/underground…

Cheers!

Wine-4-2

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8. Re: trip during MLK weekend

I am actually looking at going in March and so am reading thru this also. LOVE the map..now a stupid question..when looking at teh interctive map..is this the American side or the Canadian side.

And the falls to the far right..that is horshoe falls right?

and then the other ones are the Amreican falls? Can you tell me where Old Stone is from here..I had gotten a great rate before when I was supposed to go in August..and am looking at checking with them again.

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9. Re: trip during MLK weekend

The U.S. side is in the upper part of the picture, and Canada is at the bottom. Yes, Horseshoe Falls at the right.

The Old Stone Inn can be seen in the picture, one street to the left of the Imax Theatre, which is the white, pyramid shaped building just to the left of the tall Hilton Tower.

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