Spacious Sheraton Hotel in Niagara Falls
After happening upon Niagara Falls in 1678, Franciscan missionary Louis Hennepin wrote in his journal that “the Universe does not afford its parallel.” Millions of visitors—ranging from poncho-clad honeymooners to daredevils taking the 175-foot plunge inside wooden barrels—have expressed similar sentiments since. Sheraton At The Falls Hotel is conveniently located just two blocks from the entrance to Niagara Falls State Park, within easy walking distance of several attractions on the American side of the brink.
In addition to hotel accommodations, this Getaway comes with credits valid at the 24-hour Seneca Niagara Casino located across from the hotel. The casino floor here is set aglow by stained-glass windows and neon lights from more than 4,000 slot machines. Colorful card tables host blackjack, craps, roulette, and musical chairs. A more soothing atmosphere washes over the casino’s spa, which offers soothing massages and salon services. When you’re in the mood for a day trip, you can use the included wine-tasting passes to sample the goods at nearby wineries.
For dinner, you can use the $20 credit at the first-floor TGI Fridays. While you’re at the hotel, feel free to take a dip in the indoor swimming pool or grab a morning cup of joe at the Starbucks in the lobby. Upstairs, each spacious guest room features the Sheraton’s signature Sweet Sleeper beds.
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; the tour boat shuttled sightseeing guests to the base of the thundering Horseshoe Falls for more than 100 years and continues to operate on the American side of the falls.
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.