One of the most exciting things to do in the summer is to take a road trip for a few days, enjoying the weather, the landscapes, the food on the road, etc. This year due to the pandemic, for many it will be the best option, but where to go?
If you live on the east coast, there are a lot of places you can go. I highly recommend a visit to Niagara Falls.
Depending on your passport, to enter Canada you may need a visa, but if you are a US Citizen or a US resident (green card holder) you can easily cross the border with your passport (and green card when applicable) and there is no cost to do so, however; there is a small fee (under $5) when you go over the Rainbow bridge, which is the connection between both countries. (You can reach the other side within 10 minutes).
The main question I get is what side is better, well, both sides have their charm. The 3 waterfall views are stunning and the cost of hotels, food, and activities are similar.
The other question is which side has a better view, well; the Canadian side is more developed than the American side and has the biggest waterfall (Horseshoe Falls) so just by staying in some hotels you can overlook the 3 waterfalls at once. Plus, you have the Skylon Tower, which offers amazing views from its observation deck and a revolving restaurant.
Because of the proximity of each other, I recommend visiting both sides, during daylight and at night. There are also daily fireworks at 10 pm from mid-June to early September.
Both sides have plenty of entertainment and activities for all ages. I particularly loved riding the boat that takes me right up beside all the waterfalls.
I would love to hear which side you like the best!