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Niagara Falls is a quintessential American vacation haven. While the Canadian side of Niagara Falls tends to hog the spotlight, don’t let anyone convince you this Western New York destination doesn’t have plenty to offer.
Home to America’s oldest state park, fascinating War of 1812 sites, a unique wine region, powerful whirlpools, actually good restaurants and, of course, the legendary Niagara Falls, the city presents the perfect blend of outdoor adventure and unique historic locales, sure to make any traveler swoon.
With Buffalo just 30 minutes up the highway and a small international airport located right in Niagara Falls, arriving to the city is a breeze. Here, we assemble a list of the very best things to do in Niagara Falls—not only covering the tourist hotspots (which, after all, are hotspots for a reason) but also shining light on some local favorites. Pack your bags, friends: it’s time to check off Niagara Falls from that bucket list.