My 2019, solo travel list has officially taken me international!
This past weekend I flew into Buffalo for the sole purpose of seeing Niagara Falls – a bucket list experience that’s been on my mind for quite some time. After arriving in Buffalo, I learned the next bus that would take me to the falls wouldn’t leave for another 2 hours, so I opted to take a cab.
TIP: If you’re low on money, I would try working this more into your schedule as the cab cost $70 and the bus would’ve cost me about $10.
Niagara Falls is actually the name of the town that the falls resides in, I don’t know – I found this so interesting! And Niagara Falls is more than just a waterfall, it a free state park. There were tons of food stands, hiking trails, caves to explore and of course the Maiden of the Mist.
The Maiden of the Mist is the iconic boat tour that gets you up close and personal with the falls. They give you a complimentary, very fashionable, poncho because make no mistake – you will get wet.
TIP: You don’t necessarily have to buy tickets online; a boat leaves every 15 mins so there will always be plenty of room. Plus, people who did buy online were still waiting in the same line as me to retrieve their tickets!
Next, I WALKED TO CANADA. That’s just fun to say. I made my way across the rainbow pedestrian bridge and customs didn’t take very long at all. From the Canadian side, you get another great view of the falls and can see the spectacular Horseshoe Falls.
The Canadian side also has a very touristy vibe, as it is home to “Clifton Hill,” an area of Ripley’s Believe it or Not, souvenir shops, bowling alleys, American restaurants and a Ferris-Wheel.
When I finally found a place, I thought was a) not going to have a lot of children and b) not something I could get in America, I rushed in. A quick meal later and I was off to my motel – the Fullerton Manor Inn!
The inn was very quaint and cute but I will admit it was a little out of the way for someone who didn’t have a car. Overall, I really enjoyed my little weekend getaway and was happy to check another item off my bucket list! √