Spacious Rooms 10 Minutes from Niagara Falls
In 1953, Marilyn Monroe was given top billing for the first time in a major motion picture. The movie was Niagara, and it not only helped propel Marilyn to stardom, but it legitimized Niagara Falls' place in pop culture as a classic getaway.
About a 10-minute walk from the famous cascade you'll find Courtyard by Marriott Niagara Falls. The hotel is also just a short walk away from the bright lights of the entertainment district.
Each spacious standard or king whirlpool room is decorated with chic but simple furnishings, including crisp white linens with red accents and dark wood furniture, that don't distract from the view of the surrounding town below.
You can redeem the $20 dining credit included with this Groupon at T.G.I. Fridays, located next door to the hotel. It serves up crowd pleasers such as Jack Daniel's–glazed ribs and tomato-basil chicken pasta. In the morning, you can hit up the hotel's full, hot breakfast buffet and try to re-create the falls by pouring coffee over stacks of toast. This deal also includes shuttle passes for rides to the casinos and attractions; you can hop into the shuttle for a quick ride to check out the amusements in downtown Niagara.
Niagara Falls, Ontario: Thundering Waterfalls and Neon Lights
North of New York and right along the United States–Canada border, Niagara Falls is one of the unofficial wonders of the world. It's often called "the honeymoon capital of the world," too, as lovebirds often stop by here to stand next to the majestic scenery.
For an attraction that is time-tested and president-approved, take a ride on the Maid of the Mist, an open-top cruise ship. It's been in operation since 1885, and Theodore Roosevelt, Marilyn Monroe, the Prince and Princess of Wales, and Angelina Jolie have all taken the tour, which has gorgeous views of the falls. The ride edges so close to the falls that passengers often get sprayed by the thick mist, so raincoats are handed out beforehand to protect your clothing.
A 10-minute walk from the falls, you'll see the neon glow of the Clifton Hills neighborhood. Stroll through here to find some kitsch-themed restaurants, souvenir stands, and blinking casinos.