8. 2-Day Niagara Falls and Shopping Trip from New York City
Escape the hectic atmosphere of New York for a night on this 2-day tour to Niagara Falls. You will travel to the U.S. side of the Falls, get the chance to ride under the Falls on the famous Maid of the Mist, and enjoy some time shopping for bargains at the outlet mall.
Your air-conditioned van or bus departs from the Big Apple and heads north, where it passes the beautiful Delaware Gap and then makes its way to Watkins Glen State Park in the heart of the Finger Lakes region. Stretch your legs on a walk through Watkins Glen Canyon for views of the beautiful waterfalls. On the way to Niagara Falls, pass by the stunning Seneca Lake. Arrive in Niagara Falls in the late afternoon.
Tour the American side of Niagara Falls, including the American Falls, Goat Island, and Sister Island. Once the sun sets, a night tour of Niagara Falls showcases the colorful lighting of the thundering waters.
After enjoying a continental breakfast at the hotel, head to the thundering water of Niagara Falls. See both the Niagara and the Horseshoe Falls up close and experience their true power from the Maid of the Mist, available from May to October. In April, when the Maid of the Mist is not operating, take a tour of the Power Vista Hydro-Electric Station, along with a visit to the Cave of the Winds.
Around noon, it's time to head south and back to New York City. Stretch your legs in a more urban area, with a shopping excursion at one of the large outlet malls along the way. Then, relax as the van or bus delivers you back to the city in time for you to grab a late dinner.