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05/06/2013 09:49:05 AM · #1
I'm looking for more help with trip planning. We'll be driving from the Baltimore area to Minneapolis and back in a few weeks. We're looking for another potential stop on our trip home. I had originally asked for input on Holland, Michigan, but we've decided against that on this trip. Now, instead of just taking the straight trip through Indiana & Ohio to get home, I'm looking at cutting across Michigan and lower Ontario, and making a stop in Niagara Falls. I've never been in Canada (or Michigan, or to Niagara Falls) before, so it would be something new. We'd be arriving late around 4-5pm, and leaving the next morning (We could spend a few hours there the next morning).

Is that really enough time for us to see the Falls? I don't mean doing all of the touristy stuff, but just to spend some time and take some photos and eat some dinner. Are there other things that we do? I believe I've read somewhere that the Canadian side is better...true or false? If we like it, we could eventually go back. I never realized that it's only an 8 hour drive from home.

05/06/2013 09:57:10 AM · #2
You heard correct, the Canadian side is better for viewing and is much more built up for for tourism as well. The short time you have is sufficient for viewing and photographing the falls. You will be able to get some night shots of the falls, they light them up with different colors for a few hours each night.

There are plenty of things to do there. The Maid of The Mist tour would be high on my list of recommendations for the touristy stuff to do. There are plenty of wineries in the area if that is something of interest to you.

05/06/2013 02:30:06 PM · #3
Do you know when exactly you'll be in Michigan and what do you plan to see here? If you can let me know about where you want to go, I can give you some good ideas. As far as the falls, my son and I went from Michigan to New York via Canada a few years ago and saw them from the Canadian side. Very spectacular to see but after we looked at them for a while and took a bunch of pictures, it was time to move on.
05/06/2013 02:38:31 PM · #4
Originally posted by bmartuch:

Do you know when exactly you'll be in Michigan and what do you plan to see here? If you can let me know about where you want to go, I can give you some good ideas. As far as the falls, my son and I went from Michigan to New York via Canada a few years ago and saw them from the Canadian side. Very spectacular to see but after we looked at them for a while and took a bunch of pictures, it was time to move on.


Michigan will just be a drive-thru (with a possible stop at St. Joseph's Lighthouse...maybe). We are leaving Minneapolis on Thursday, May 23 and spending the night in Michigan City, Indiana (lighthouses for me, outlet shopping & casino for Mrs. Larry). We'd be doing Niagara Falls on Friday night, then heading home to Maryland on Saturday. Someday, on another trip to Minneapolis (daughter lives there and we don't fly, and the train sucks), I plan to venture up the Michigan coast, at least as far up as Holland.
05/06/2013 02:40:48 PM · #5
Reserve a table at The Skylon Tower Restaurant, the building spins. Stick a piece of food on the window, and you'll come back to it in 360 degrees. :-)

Maid of the Mist, it's fun for the family.

An evening and a morning are plenty of time.
05/06/2013 04:22:44 PM · #6
Another vote for the Canadian side. Been there many, many times since it's only a few hours away for me. The "behind the falls" tour is a neat vantage point. As many times as I've been up there, I've never done the Maid of the Mist, but I've always wanted to. If it's a sunny day, you're basically guaranteed to have a nice rainbow effect over the falls, making for some nice shots. And as mentioned before, they're nicely illuminated at night.

One day will do the trick, but definitely worth the stop.
05/06/2013 04:47:50 PM · #7
Definitely the Canadian side...and make sure you have a passport to get back into the US...have fun if you decide to go :)
05/06/2013 05:58:17 PM · #8
definitely need to do the canadian side. Definitely need to do the maid of the mist. If you don't eat at the skylon tower restaurant, you can still go out on the observation deck. It's a fun thing to do. We also enjoyed the behind the falls. Agreed on everything -- evening and morning should be plenty of time.
05/06/2013 06:25:47 PM · #9
I did not like behind the falls so much. It was a let down to me after hearing people build it up and it wasn't really what I was expecting. Maid of the Mist, on the other hand, is absolutely the best way to see the falls. And I had a waterproof camera with me and made the other 50 or so people on the boat very jealous of me.
05/06/2013 07:41:45 PM · #10
Every time I see this thread title, that scene from the Three Stooges starts running through my head... ;D
05/06/2013 08:28:02 PM · #11
Mackinaw Island is a nice stop if you have time. If you are near Rogers City, give me a shout. There is the 40 Mile Point Lighthouse about 2 miles from me and the new and old Presque Isle Lighthouses down the road 30 miles or so.
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