Niagara Falls on the U.S./Canadian Border is a true wonder. There are many bus tours that visitors can take, but if they prefer to steer clear of the tourist traps, renting a car is easy and allows the group to explore at a leisurely pace. With so much to see and do, travelers should book their car rental on Skyscanner, then venture out to see the wondrous falls and surrounding areas.
Renting a Car in Niagara Falls
Once you arrive at Niagara Falls airport, travelers can hop in a rental and set out on several excursions. Alamo, Enterprise, and Hertz all have locations at the airport. They offer all sizes of vehicles from compact and full-size cars to SUVs and minivans. Fortunately, U.S. driver's licenses and insurance are valid in Niagara Falls and all of Canada. International travelers, however, should get an international license. On a side note, drivers with previous driving infractions may be denied car rental.
Driving in Niagara Falls
Natural wonders abound around Niagara Falls and there are plenty of scenic drives. Niagara Parkway is "the prettiest Sunday afternoon drive in the world" according to Winston Churchill. Getting around is easy with plenty of signs and directions to the various attractions in the area.
Driving during the winter may deter some travelers, but the tradeoff is that hotel prices drop and crowds dissipate. The harshest winter months are from December to February, but snow can fall by late October and last through April. With blizzards and below freezing temperatures, drivers should be cautious while driving in ice and snow. Since the months of May through September are peak times, it's wise to book a hotel well in advance for the best rates.
Things to Do in Niagara Falls
Niagara Falls offers not only breathtaking views, but it also features hiking trails and award-winning wineries.
Niagara Falls State Park is where visitors can see the famous gorge and three waterfalls as well as an observation tower and a discovery center. The Journey Behind the Falls is an unforgettable experience that thrills adventure-seekers. The famous Maid of the Mist is a boat tour that starts off on a calm part of the Niagara River and advances to the heavy spray of Horseshoe Falls. Raincoats are provided. For an up close view of the falls, guests should sign up for the Cave of the Winds tour.
Landscape architect, Frederick Law Olmstead designed a walking path through the park where visitors can enjoy over 400 acres of exquisite forest and wildlife. The park is open all year round, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Onlookers can take in the falls all lit up at night. Firework shows are offered at certain times of the year.
Driving along Niagara Stone Road, also knowns as the Niagara Wine Trail takes visitors to over 22 wineries, breweries, and even cideries. Wine and beer enthusiasts can try world-class wine, brews, and dining. Visitors can save by purchasing a Vino Visa Passport for wine-tastings and special pricing at local restaurants and hotels. Travelers can attend the Niagara Icewine Festival in January. Icewine is made from grapes picked after the first frost when they are at their sweetest.
Aside from the falls and natural retreats, travelers can do a little gambling at Seneca Niagara Resort and Casino, which also offers wonderful cuisine, entertainment, and nightlife, along with stunning views.