Wake to the sound of rolling waters from the falls, soak in the panoramic view of Niagara Falls, drive through cities, farms, vast empty lands and rolling hills. These are some of the attractions you get to marvel when you take a family road trip from New York City to Niagara Falls.
Niagara Falls isn’t far from New York City. 411 miles of driving will take you to Niagara Falls from New York City. We are taking a halfway point overnight stop for this road trip before arriving in Niagara Falls Canada.
From Travelmath’s calculator, the halfway point is Syracuse New York, a four hour 23 minute drive from New York City.
Syracuse New York is known for its locally grown crops served throughout restaurants in town. You have a choice of fresh food and a glass of wine for the local vineyards. You can plan out a day trip to some of the wineries in Syracuse like Lakeland Winery or brewery like Saranac Brewery Tour.
Bed and breakfast places are plentiful in Syracuse. For example Barrington Manor Bed and Breakfast is an English tudor home that serves breakfast made from scratch.
Syracuse is 165 miles from Niagara Falls Canada. We recommend the Marriott Fallsview Hotel in Niagara Falls if you want a spectacular view of the falls from your window. This 432 room hotel gives guests the pleasure to wake up in the morning or drift off at night to the sound and sight of the majestic falls.
After your tour of the falls, head over to Serenity Spa by the Falls for a treatment or to enjoy two whirlpools, one sauna or a steam room. Marriott Fallsview Hotel has an in-house dining option for families.
If you like to dine in your room, ask for room service and have your dinner while watching the falls from your window. Or check out Terrapin Grille Fallsview Restaurant in the hotel. It is your one stop vacation place if you prefer not to walk out of the comfort of the hotel.
A tour on Maid of the Mist will bring you closer to the Canadian Horseshoe Falls and feel the waters from this majestic natural wonder. Or take a glass elevator to Niagara Gorge where you can get up to 20 feet from the falls and feel the force from the falls. Another thrilling option would be the Hurricane Deck.
Another way to view this spectacular natural wonder is through a helicopter tour. Fly over the falls, rivers and the surrounding areas and get an aerial view of this massive attraction called Niagara Falls.
About border crossing
Everybody including U.S. citizens are required to bring their passports when entering Canada. There is usually a line at the border crossing. So your drive time must include the waiting time at the border. It depends on the number of cars entering Canada on the day you are traveling.
When you are driving your own car or renting a car, have all documents ready and get ready to show the things and luggage in the trunk.
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