A trip from New York to Niagara Falls is one of the most popular excursions. Niagara Falls, one of the most spectacular sights of Canada and the United States, are impressive in terms of the volume of water that gushes over the edge. We tried the two-day trip to Niagara Falls and wrote down all important tour details for you.
Your bus trip from New York to Niagara Falls takes about 6 hours. During the trip over the beautiful Delaware Gap, you will make a stop at Watkins Glen State Park, located in the heart of the Finger Lakes Region. There, you will visit the beautiful Watkins Glen Canyon and admire its bubbling waterfalls. Your trip then continues along Seneca Lake to Niagara Falls, arriving there in the late afternoon.
On the US side, you will visit all major attractions, including the American Niagara Falls, Goat Island, and Sisters Islands. In the evening, you will have the opportunity to see the falls illuminated. The colorful lights give them a mystical aura. Your overnight stay is planned at a hotel on the Canadian side where you can enjoy special views of the roaring falls.
Our Highlights of the Niagara Falls State Park on the US side:
Maid of the Mist Boat Tour (included)
Get on board the sightseeing boat “Maid of the Mist” and enjoy a misty 30-minute boat tour that will take you to the base of the falls on the US side as well as the turbulent waters of Horseshoe Falls on the Canadian side. This historic boat tour has been operating since the middle of the 19th century and ranks among the most popular attractions in all of North America. Millions of people from around the world enjoy this tour every year.
Cave of the Winds Tour:
Geared-up in a souvenir rain poncho, follow wooden walkways along Niagara River to the Hurricane Deck, just a few breathtaking feet from the torrents of Niagara Falls. One thing is certain: you’re gonna get wet! But it is truly a one-of-a-kind experience.
Niagara Adventure Theater:
View the 40-minute informative video at the Niagara Falls State Park Visitor Center to learn more about the history of the falls. You can request a headset to listen to the narrative in the following languages: French, Spanish, Mandarin, Chinese, Japanese, Korean, and German. This is actually a great way to start your day because then you have a good overview of the history and mystery of these falls.
Aquarium of Niagara:
We visited it, but you can skip it: in a relatively small space, the aquarium offers displays of various sea inhabitants. You can see penguins, sea horses, and sea lions as well as 1,500 other types of sea life ranging from the ecosystems of the Great Lakes to coral reefs.
Day 2: Off to Shopping Paradise
Around 12 pm the following day, you start your return trip to New York City. But before getting back to the metropolis, you will make a stop in one of the biggest outlet shopping centers in the area, The Crossings Premium Outlets in Pennsylvania, where numerous designer stores beckon with great deals. It is an absolute shopping paradise – I was thrilled. Around 8 pm, depending on traffic, you get back to Manhattan.
Travelers who do not have a valid passport/visa for immigration into Canada are still allowed to participate in the US portion of the tour. However, participation on the Canadian side is not allowed, and you would have to stay in the “Comfort Inn – The Pointe” on the US side instead. You would be able to go on the boat tour of the “Maid of the Mist” since it departs from the US side. There are no other attractions planned for the US side – so be sure to get your visa in time.
If you are traveling from NYC to the Niagara Falls with a valid U.S. passport, you do not need a visa to enter Canada. As a citizen of a foreign country, please double check if a visa or ETA (Electronic Travel Authorization) is required for you to enter Canada. The Government of Canada can help you determine what documentation you need in order to travel to the Canadian Niagra Falls from NYC.
Our Conclusion of the Tour from NYC to Niagara Falls
The two-day bus tour from New York to Niagara Falls includes everything you should see. What is special about this tour is that you have the chance to see both, the US and the Canadian Niagara Falls. So you can decide for yourself which one you like better. Making a stop at the outlet center is another small highlight at the end of the tour. This tour is recommended for travelers who have a little bit more time. If you are short on time, there’s an option to visit Niagara Falls from New York City in only one day. We’ve already tried out the one day trip to Niagara Falls and believe that it can be worth it.