After happening upon the Niagara Falls in 1678, Franciscan missionary Louis Hennepin wrote in his journal that the iconic destination was a "prodigious Cadence of Water which falls down after a surpizing and astonishing manner, insomuch that the Universe does not afford its Parallel." Over the past 300 years, the Falls have inspired more than just awed journal entries. As many as eight million visitors a year come to the cascades, from poncho-clad honeymooners to daredevils who have taken the 175-foot plunge inside wooden barrels or rubber balls. Sheraton at the Falls is conveniently located just a mile east of Niagara Falls, within easy walking distance of several attractions on the American side.
Directly across from the hotel is the Seneca Niagara Casino, which stays open 24 hours a day. Seneca Niagara’s stained-glass windows and neon lights from more than 4,200 slot machines set the casino aglow. Here, colorful card tables host rounds of blackjack, craps, roulette, and musical chairs. A more soothing atmosphere washes over the casino's spa, which offers body-healing therapies, massages, and salon services.
Sheraton at the Falls focuses on comfort in its spacious guest rooms: plush custom mattresses bolster the Sheraton’s signature Sweet Sleeper beds, layered with assortments of feather and down pillows. With this Groupon, you get a $20 credit to the first-floor T.G.I. Friday's, which serves 10-ounce sirloin steaks, Black Angus burgers, and other hearty American fare. While you’re here, feel free to take a dip in the indoor swimming pool or grab a morning cup of joe at the Starbucks in the lobby.
Niagara Falls, New York: Awe-Inspiring Waterfalls at United States–Canada Border
Encompassing more than 400 acres, Niagara Falls State Park functions as a natural border between Canada and the United States. Scenic vantage points can be found on both sides of the border and its falls, where more than a million bathtubs' worth of water cascades down every second. Pedestrian bridges and observation decks provide safe vistas for you to watch the Horseshoe Falls and American Falls spill over jagged cliffs. The most invigorating view might be from the Hurricane deck—a wooden platform located 20 feet from Bridal Veil Falls. 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.