Hotel at a Glance: Michael’s Inn Fallsview Hotel
In its list of the world’s 10 most spectacular waterfalls, Travel + Leisure praised the Canadian side of Niagara Falls (which came in at No. 5) for its casinos, cable cars, and “overall superior views.” Located within walking distance of the falls—and with breathtaking views of its own—Michael’s Inn Fallsview Hotel gives guests easy access to the natural wonder. The hotel sits steps from other attractions, including museums and shopping.
- Sample local wines: This Getaway includes a tour and tasting for two at Konzelmann Estate Winery in Niagara-on-the-Lake, and Diamond Estates Winery.
- Dining options: You’ll get a $15 dining credit to Outback Steakhouse and a $10 credit to IHOP, which are located less than 2 miles from the inn, as well as a $15 credit to Mamma Mia’s (Fallsview Casino location).
- Sweet perk: You’ll also get a $50 play card for Clifton Hill Fun Center, a 40,000-square-foot entertainment complex with more than 200 video and arcade games.
- Go swimming: The hotel has an indoor pool with an oversize hot tub and a sauna.
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.