Four-Star Hilton near Niagara Falls
Every day, about 200 billion liters of water surge over Canada’s Horseshoe Falls, the largest of Niagara’s three waterfalls. At ground level, there’s a thunderous roar, and a massive cloud of mist rises high above the brink. From a higher vantage point, such as at the four-star Hilton Hotel and Suites Niagara Falls/Fallsview, you can see the whole amazing show.
The hotel’s guest rooms feature views of the city or the falls, but the view from The Watermark Restaurant on the 33rd floor is arguably the best in town. Between bites of prime rib or roast rack of lamb, you can gaze down on Horseshoe Falls and speculate on the province’s astronomical water bill. You can also head to the onsite Brasa Brazilian Steakhouse for cuts of 12 fire-roasted meats served rodízio style. This getaway includes a dinner voucher for Brasa as well as two full breakfast buffets at Grand Caffe.
A glass walkway connects the hotel to the Fallsview Casino Resort, where you can try your luck at 150 gaming tables and 3,000 slot machines. The casino’s Avalon Theatre has played host to Ringo Starr, Jay Leno, Diana Ross, and other major acts. For a more mellow experience, make use of the wine tastings and tours at Peller Estates and Trius wineries included with this getaway.
Niagara Falls, Ontario: Panoramic Views of the Falls near Vegas-Style Casinos and Water Parks
At Niagara Falls—considered by many to be one of the world’s seven natural wonders—water thunders downward from a height of nearly 200 feet, crashing onto craggy boulders below. The falls straddle the border between Canada and the United States, with segments located in both New York and Ontario, but the Canadian side of the Niagara River is universally hailed as the finest vantage point to take in all three of Niagara Falls’ photogenic brinks: American, Bridal Veil, and Horseshoe Falls.
Hornblower cruises ferry raincoat-clad passengers around the base of the falls from April through October, depending on the river’s ice conditions. Year-round, Journey Behind the Falls grants a glimpse behind the curtain of Horseshoe Falls—board an elevator that descends 150 feet into the bedrock, then stand at an observation deck steps away from the cascading water.
A 10-minute walk from the falls, you’ll see the neon glow of the Clifton Hill neighborhood. Its Fallsview Boulevard has plenty of Vegas-style kitsch, including glitzy casinos, indoor water parks, restaurants, and soggy Elvis impersonators.