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  • Michelle Bucher | July 24, 2015 9:00 PM ET

    An Epic Road Trip to Niagara Falls

    An Epic Road Trip to Niagara Falls

    Photo by Michelle Bucher

    We were recently in Ontario visiting with family, and had the opportunity to travel around the Toronto area enjoying the local sites. One thing I love about road tripping to a destination vs flying there is the freedom to move around from city to city in your car. I know this is easy enough to do in a rental car, but if we choose to leave somewhere like Toronto a few days early, we can move onto other places like Montreal or even New York State without any problem.

    Toronto is a really popular destination for many road trippers because of its proximity to the U.S. border and Niagara Falls.

    Road trip tip: Niagara Falls is located right on the Canada/US border, but it`s 1.5 hours North to downtown Toronto.

    Our journey to Niagara Falls began with a 16-hour road trip. We had heard that the falls have colorful lights behind them at night time, and this was something we had to see. I`ve seen pictures online and it looked amazing. After breakfast, we hit the road nice and early for our long journey ahead. The drive around Lake Superior was stunning.

    After driving for 16 hours straight, we arrived at the falls just as the sun was beginning to come up. Although we were disappointed we weren`t able to see the lights behind the falls at night, we did enjoy a beautiful sunrise, and it was nice to get out of the car and stretch our legs for a bit.

    Road trip tip: Bring bug spray. I was quite surprised by how many mosquitos were buzzing around the parking lot near Niagara Falls. We had been traveling all across the province and had yet to encounter a bug problem. Thankfully, we packed pretty much everything in our car, and just happened to have some bug spray with us.

    Canadian vs the U.S. side: You can see the falls from both sides of the border, but you do get a better/clearer view of the falls from the Canadian side. Something to consider while visiting the falls.

    We arrived at Niagara Falls quite early in the morning. Nothing was really open yet, and the park was quite empty. We sat near the edge of the viewing platform enjoying some breakfast from the cooler of our car while taking in the beauty of the falls below. After the sales center opened, we were able to purchase tickets to ride the Maid of the Mist.

    I was pleasantly surprised that we had no issues purchasing tickets to ride the Maid of the Mist the day of our arrival. I’ve visiting the Statue of Liberty in New York City, and Alcatraz in San Francisco, and tickets for both places sell out of days in advance. Thankfully we were at Niagara Falls during a weekday, and it wasn’t that busy.

    We were the first group on the Maid of the Mist, and had a wonderful experience exploring the falls up close. I’m sure on a hot afternoon the mist from the falls would feel quite nice.

    Road Trip Tip: If you’re wearing sunblock or bug spray while on the boat, be careful with the mist in the air. I had the bug spray and sunblock running into my eyes because of all the mist coming off the falls.

    We spent pretty the whole day at Niagara Falls before heading up to Toronto to meet with up some family. It’s a beautiful area, and we were thankful to be able to check this amazing site off our travel bucket list.

    Fun thing to do in Toronto: while in Toronto we were able to visit the Much Music studio. We had learned that you can reserve a spot to sit in the audience of Much on Demand. We were given a cool behind-the-scenes look of the studio, and how the show was filmed. We spent a good hour in the audience while the show was being filmed. Really fun experience and it was free. 


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Michelle Bucher Road Rules From the Road Trip Blogger

Michelle Bucher Michelle Bucher is an avid road tripper, travel writer and social media marketer from Vancouver, British Columbia. Michelle has spent the past six years on various road trip adventures around North America. She's road tripped through 48 states, 10 provinces and several other countries. Michelle runs a fun travel blog,, showcasing stories from her random road trip adventures.
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