Hotel at a Glance: Days Inn at the Falls
Days Inn at the Falls lies in the entertainment district on the American side of Niagara Falls, right across the street from America’s oldest state park, and in front of the Rainbow Bridge, which links the American side of the falls to the Canadian side. Visitors can easily walk or drive across the bridge to visit Horseshoe Falls and the Falls Avenue Resort, a sprawling complex with an indoor water park, 12 restaurants, and a casino.
- Best spot to see the falls on American soil: the observation tower in Niagara Falls State Park
- Try your luck: This Getaway includes a $30 voucher that you can use toward the slots at Seneca Niagara Casino, which is within walking distance from the hotel.
- Lots of dining options: Use your $10 voucher toward lunch or dinner at the onsite Denny’s, or try the many restaurants within walking distance.
- Good for kids: indoor pool and a game zone in the lobby with Nintendo Wiis, ping pong, foosball, video games, and movies, plus a $5 voucher to nearby Sweet Treats
- Shop till you drop at the outlet mall and enjoy additional discounts with a Green Savings Card.
Niagara Falls, New York: Spectacular Waterfalls at United States–Canada Border
Every second, hundreds of thousands of gallons of water cascade down Niagara Falls. You can watch the water spill over jagged cliffs from pedestrian bridges and observation decks. The best view, though, might be from the Hurricane Deck, a wooden platform located 20 feet from Bridal Veil Falls. From spring to fall, you can access the platform by taking the Cave of the Winds tour, during which professional guides lead poncho-clad visitors to Bridal Veil Falls via wooden pathways. For an up-close encounter with the falls, you can book a ride aboard the Maid of the Mist, a tour boat that has shuttled sightseeing guests to the base of the thundering Horseshoe Falls since 1846.
Millions of tourists have flocked to Niagara Falls since the early 1800s. Around that time, Napoleon Bonaparte’s younger brother honeymooned in the area with his American bride; scores of newlyweds followed in their footsteps, earning Niagara Falls the nickname of “Honeymoon Capital of the World.” Throughout the 19th century, massive crowds also came here to watch daredevils perform high-wire stunts above the rapids.
In the late 1800s, landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted led a group that lobbied politicians to create a park that would protect the falls from further development. Today, the 400-acre Niagara Falls State Park, the first of its kind in the country, sits directly on the border between Canada and the United States. Miles of hiking trails wend through the scenic park; along the way, you can learn about the area’s history at the visitors’ center. There’s also plenty to do indoors around Niagara Falls. The area has remained a family-friendly destination, with indoor water parks, an aquarium, arcades, and casinos for the 21-and-older crowd.