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Old 01-11-2007, 08:58 AM   #1
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Niagara Falls Trip Advice

We are planning on traveling to Niagara Falls this summer from RI and wanted to get some advice from those of you who have been recently. (We went years ago, when we were first married) but want to return to show our Son.
We will stop at Howe Caverns on the way, and I remember an amusement park somewhere in New York?
Any advice on campgrounds either along the way and also close by the Falls would be great.
I read on a similar post that it may be better to camp on the US side so as not to worry about having my AS potentially dis-assembled at the border? Is this true?
Other places or situations to avoid or not to miss?
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If you go into Canada,
Do not have Smith or Wesson with you.
Have little alcohol with you either way.
It makes it easier if you have an overzealous gaurd either way, if you have passports for everyone.
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All that, and strangely enough, they were worried that we might have a satellite dish that we might sell while in Canada. What's up with that? Other than that, they were nicer than the US customs when we came back home, That guy was a ...........

Oh, and be sure to have vets shot record for you dog or car. The US guy was hell on that. We had them though.
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Not sure of all the details but....

In the near future passports will be required to re-enter the US.
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In the near future passports will be required to re-enter the US.
All the details are listed here. The best thing to do is not have my wife with you ! One wrong word at the border can change your life. I will not give the details of my upclose and personal visit with the US Customs at Niagara Fall, NY. Ask me around the campfire sometime, you will get a laugh out of it...
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We made the trip two years ago and stayed at the Niagara Falls KOA, which was very conveniently located. Tour bus companies stop on a regular basis.

Niagara Falls, New York Camping, Niagara Falls Campground in New York- KOA in Niagara Falls, New York

Other than the usual activities, I would highly recommend the Niagara Falls Whirlpool Jetboat tour. It is simply awesome!

Niagara Falls Whirlpool Jetboat Ride

Finally, Buffalo is home to the most important culinary advancement of our time, buffalo wings. They were invented at the Anchor Bar. The restaurant walls are covered with photos of the famous people that have visited, including US Presidents. Wings are the main course, if you have a steak, it is a side dish.

Anchor Bar - Home of the Original Buffalo Chicken Wing

Have fun!

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Thanks for the link AZ.

Will passport be required for children?

I am assuming it will be easier to camp on US side and do day trips to the Canadian side with just the truck?
Any recomendation on campgrounds in the area or along the way?

Thanks for reminding me about S&W, they are always riding shotgun (pun intended)! I will make sure they stay behind for this one.

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One of the coolest things I did on the way to Niagra Falls as a teenager was to stop in Elmira and go soaring. This is a definte if you like flying, there is nothing quite like it.

Harris Hill Soaring Center, Elmira, NY

We stayed overnight in Elmira and also visited the Corning Museum of Glass.

PS...Travel Channel is also doing a special this Sat. morning about things to do in Niagra Falls
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If going into Canada (a much better viewing of the Falls) it would be much easier to just take the truck. there were some Mom and Pop campgrounds on Niagara Falls Blvd but don't know if they are still there.
When crossing the border I suggest the Queenston bridge - much newer, nicer than the Rainbow bridge or Peace bridge.
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Old 01-11-2007, 11:25 AM   #11
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We made the trip two years ago and stayed at the Niagara Falls KOA, which was very conveniently located. Tour bus companies stop on a regular basis.

Niagara Falls, New York Camping, Niagara Falls Campground in New York- KOA in Niagara Falls, New York

Other than the usual activities, I would highly recommend the Niagara Falls Whirlpool Jetboat tour. It is simply awesome!

Niagara Falls Whirlpool Jetboat Ride

Finally, Buffalo is home to the most important culinary advancement of our time, buffalo wings. They were invented at the Anchor Bar. The restaurant walls are covered with photos of the famous people that have visited, including US Presidents. Wings are the main course, if you have a steak, it is a side dish.

Anchor Bar - Home of the Original Buffalo Chicken Wing

Have fun!

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Thanx Loyd, I remember seeing the jet-boats and thinking that would be a blast. We will do that this time!

Never stayed at a KOA, it seems to be a love/hate thing...what is up with KOA's?
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Old 01-11-2007, 12:01 PM   #12
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Billtex,

You are right about the love/hate attitudes toward KOAs. I treat them like the motels of camping, rather than destination resorts. Their catalog is very handy when going cross country, and they almost always have pull thru sites, which is great for quick overnight stays.

That being said, there are some KOAs which are good as resort destinations, such as the one in Kissimmee near Walt Disney World.

The Niagara Falls KOA is somewhat better than average, and the owners were very accommodating. I plan to visit the Falls again and I will stay there.

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Maybe a little out of the way, but near Geneseo New York is Letchworth State Park, with a huge gorge ( really huge) called the Grand Canyon of the east. Water falls and terrific views.
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Yes to Passports for Kids...

The new passport rule kids in for all, and impacts returns from Canada and Mexico, in spirit of fighting terrorism... Prices are up and lead time extended, so it pays to get started earlier on application process. You are likely to have to get "official" copy of birth certs with raised seal/stamp to accompany application and checks and pictures, and then wait about 7 weeks...

Satellite dishes are embargoed to prevent Canadians from accessing "foreign" TV and depriving local stations of ad revenues... Apparently too many folks smuggled receivers and dishes across the border, and used PO boxes in NY to handle billing, as way to access illegal American TV... Who Knew??
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Maybe a little out of the way, but near Geneseo New York is Letchworth State Park, with a huge gorge ( really huge) called the Grand Canyon of the east. Water falls and terrific views.
Yes! That is the other place I was trying to think of...we will make this part of our trip.
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We were just there this past August; yes you will need passports in '07 for Canada and Mexico. We stayed at the Canadian KOA and it was great. No big deal crossing into Canada with the AS, just keep all the way to the left when coming to the stop gates and look for the RV lanes. A few simple questions, show them passports and we were on our way. The views are much better on the Canadian side and we had lots of fun in town. A short drive from KOA to downtown parking. You will have a good time!
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As to border crossings, Page and I have our passports and that makes it much easier. We made a bunch of crossings this summer - from ND to Sask, then from BC to AK and YT to AK and finally AB to Montana. The only problem we had was the last crossing into Montana at Chief Mountain - where we lost to the gendarmes what was to have been a very savory tenderloin of good Alberta beef because of mad cows. I wasn't mad, but I remember being disappointed at whatever else it was that I had for dinner that night.

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Satellite dishes are embargoed to prevent Canadians from accessing "foreign" TV and depriving local stations of ad revenues... Apparently too many folks smuggled receivers and dishes across the border, and used PO boxes in NY to handle billing, as way to access illegal American TV... Who Knew??
On our last trip up north we didn't have our satellite with us. Do you mean that you absolutely can't take one across the border or that you just can't sell it up there?

Oh yeah, my wife didn't like KOA cause she felt they couldn't spell. Then we used a few going cross country and now she has changed her mind. We use them every time we travel long distances. They are really handy and always neat and clean. They always have drive throughs too. As for a destination, well, they aren't usually where we want to spend time.
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You asked about an amusement park in your posting - right next door to the Niagra Falls KOA is Martin's Fantasy Island park - they even have their own entrance from the KOA to the park. Perhaps that is the one you remembered.

Martin's Fantasy Island - Western New York's Most Affordable and Fun Theme Park!

The KOA is alright as far as KOA's go - if you read the reviews on the web, some love it, others hate it. They do have a variety of sites, some are in an open field, some are wooded and some of their pull thru sites are paved. As a base of operations for visiting the falls area it worked out just fine for us.
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We went to the falls 2 years ago and stayed at the US side KOA. YUCK! Campground was dirty, our reservations were messed up and the water hookup leaked. Even though we asked them to fix it every day they did nothing about it. Would not go back.

When we camp locally we always go to state parks and national forest campgrounds. It's only when we travel afar we stay at KOA's. We have been to some really nice ones like Bar Harbor ME., Gettysburg PA.
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