Newly Renovated Hotel Within Walking Distance of the Falls
Every second, up to 600,000 gallons of water cascade over the brink of Canada’s Horseshoe Falls. The water takes a nearly 170-foot free fall en route to a deafening crash, all to the delight of 14 million annual spectators. Radisson Hotel & Suites Fallsview, perched high above the wash, grants its guests uncommon access to this majestic scene.
The Radisson recently underwent a multimillion-dollar renovation and has modern amenities and posh decor to show for it, such as inscribed mirrors that hang in triptychs in the open lobby next to a granite fireplace. River-view rooms frame the Niagara River just before its chilly waters take the plunge over Horseshoe Falls. As their names suggest, city-view rooms and falls-view rooms grant views of the city or the falls, respectively. All guest rooms have 37-inch flat screen TVs with pay-per-view movies as well as free WiFi. Some rooms have jet tubs in their bathrooms.
A striking ceiling embossed with a beige sun and a dozen rays arcs over the hotel’s indoor swimming pool, where you can take a dip or relax on comfortable chaise lounges. After working up an appetite in the pool or juggling free weights in the workout room, make use of the included C$20 dining credit at Tony Roma’s, which adjoins the hotel and is famous for its baby back ribs. This getaway also entitles you to a wine tasting for two at Peller Estates in Niagara-on-the-Lake, a 15% discount card at Canada One Brand Name Outlets, and a special deal on a movie and museum visit.
Niagara Falls, Ontario: Panoramic Views of the Falls Near Vegas-Style Casinos and Waterparks
At Niagara Falls, 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 views of photogenic spots such as American, Bridal Veil, and Horseshoe Falls.
The iconic Maid of the Mist has ferried raincoat-clad passengers around the base of the falls since 1846. The tours run April–October, depending on the river's ice conditions. Year-round, Journey Behind the Falls grants a glimpse behind the curtain of Horseshoe Falls—visitors 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.