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2-Day Chicago to Niagara falls In-Depth Tour
Tour code: gol-chi-160, duration: 2 day(s) / 1 night(s).
Tour Guide: Chinese, English
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Destination, return city, departure location.
Experience: UNESCO, Family
Extra (Excluded): Wifi, Meal etc...
[Train Travel] Take a train from Chicago to Buffalo. Depart at night and make the most of your time for sightseeing during the day! [Safe travel] Travel with confidence. We are making it safe for you to tour by regularly disinfecting of our vehicles, and only selecting quality hotel with prevention measures in place. [Magnificent Waterfalls] Explore the famous Niagara Falls and surrounding area in the United States all day long. [National Park] Visit One National Park: Indiana Dunes National Park.
- 1 Day Breakfast is included.
Day 1 Chicago – Buffalo – Niagara Falls
Take the train to Buffalo at 21:30 from Chicago Union Station on Friday. There is no guide on the train. The train will arrive at Amtrak-Buffalo Depew Station at approximately 08:50 on Saturday. The tour guide will pick you up at the station to participate in Niagara Falls activities. Maid of the Mist + Niagara Falls Daytime View + Lunch (230mins, Maid of the Mist is optional) → Old Fort Niagara State Park In-depth Tour (Optional, 60mins) → Niagara Jetboat (Optional, 60mins) → Erie.
Hotel: SpringHill Suites by Marriott Erie or Similar.
Day 2 Erie – Indiana Dunes National Park – Chicago
Erie → Indiana Dunes National Park (120mins) → Chicago
Note: We will reach back to Chicago by Bus at around 8:30 pm.
Niagara Falls is a very famous spot for tourists, one thing to do there is to go on a Jet Boat Ride. This is a very exciting thing to do in Niagara Fall as it is a really different experience.
Maid of the Mist Boat is a famous water ride that runs in Niagara Falls. The boat tour provide beautiful scenic views to the visitors.
For over 75 years, visitors from across the globe come to Niagara Falls, They have been able to witness the impressive nighttime illumination of the American and Horseshoe falls. Every season visitors get to experience the autumn in a new way. Complete night-view of Niagara Falls on some summer evenings might be limited or not available because of the late sunset time and the US Federal Government rules on the driving hours.
Itinerary - Important Notes
Note: Customers are encouraged not to buy admission packages outside and use them in this discounted tour. In case they do, transport need to be arranged the same day.
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- Chicago Union Station 9:30 pm. Customers have to go to the Station on their own.
- 207 W Cermak Rd (Chicago Chinatown) Chicago, IL 60616 at 8:30 PM
- 225 S Canal St, (Chicago Union Station) Chicago, IL 60606 at 9:00 PM
- 4334 E New York St, Aurora, IL 60504 at 9:30 PM
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⇒ 16 days or more prior to departure, 10% of the tour fees will be charged as cancellation.
⇒ 9 to 15 days prior to departure, 50% of the tour fees will be charged as cancellation.
⇒ Within 8 days prior to departure, 100% tour fees will be charged as cancellation.
Any Amount paid in cash to the Tour Guide is not refundable.
There is no refund for unused features. You forfeit the entire payment when you are a no-show on the departure date and unable to join the tour for any reason including COVID.
An add-on fee of 6% for handling fees is charged in addition to the above penalties. No matter what the reason for cancellation is, the processing fee will be deducted on each refund.
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Road Trip From Chicago To Niagara Falls
A road trip from Chicago to Niagara Falls will take you from the windy city to the Cave Of The Winds - a famous attraction at the legendary falls.
A relatively long journey, around the shores of Lake Michigan and Lake Erie, this is a perfect pilgrimage for those looking to get out of the city and see one of the true wonders of nature.
The 555-mile road trip from Chicago to the Niagara Falls crosses 5 states and loops around 2 of the 5 Great Lakes. The drive will take 8 hours 30 minutes before stops but you will want to spread it over 2 to 3 days to make the most of your journey.
Read on to find out the best route to take, great places to see along the way and top tips for making the long drive to Niagara Falls.
How far is Niagara Falls from Chicago and how long will the road trip take?
The journey from Chicago to Niagara Falls is one that can be made in a single day if you so choose, but doing so would have you miss out on so many amazing sights and experiences along the way that it would almost seem pointless to do it as a road trip.
The fastest and shortest option when traveling between Chicago and Niagara Falls is a 530-mile route via Detroit and cutting through Canada, which takes around 8 hours to complete.
Taking just a little longer will allow you to have more interesting stops along the way and a more scenic route from Chicago to Niagara Falls. That's why the suggested route below is just a shade longer, at 555 miles and 8 hours and 30 minutes of driving.
You will want to take time to explore the countryside and cities you'll be passing through along the way so I would strongly recommend taking a few days to make the drive with stops along the way.
Best road trip route from Chicago to Niagara Falls
Beginning in Illinois, our journey will take us through Indiana, Ohio and Pennsylvania, before we arrive at our destination in upstate New York.
This route is certainly long and exciting and will have a lot to see and do along the way but the one thing it most definitely is not is complicated.
The I-90 that you'll follow out of Chicago and around the southern tip of Lake Michigan will take you almost the entire way - some 530 miles east towards Buffalo, New York. From Buffalo it's a simple matter of jumping on the I-190 for the very short final stretch north to Niagara Falls.
Best places to stop between Chicago and Niagara Falls
There are a lot of great places you can stop over on your way around the Great Lakes from Chicago to Niagara Falls and it can be tough to choose the best options for breaking up your journey.
Here are some ideas for places you can stop for the night on your long road trip.
Overnight stay in Cleveland, Ohio
The first stop suggestion is over halfway along the route, some 340 miles east of Chicago in the city of Cleveland, Ohio.
The 15th largest city in the US, Cleveland's greatest selling point is its fantastic views, as it lies on the banks of Lake Erie.
Home to numerous museums, a botanical garden and even the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, there's plenty to do to keep you occupied in the city.
If you'd rather keep the journey more focused on nature, then you've also got the options of a boat trip out onto Lake Erie or Cuyahoga Valley National Park just a little over 20 minutes from the city.
Cuyahoga Valley covers 51 square miles, where you can stroll in the rolling hills and sprawling forests, which are home to deer, beavers, foxes and an incredible 250 species of bird, including the legendary bald eagle.
If you decide to stop over in the city, Hilton Cleveland Downtown is a great place to relax after a long day of driving.
The luxurious 4-star hotel with an onsite restaurant, rooftop bar and spectacular views of Lake Erie has rooms with soaking tubs and although parking is a tad expensive at $30 for self park, it saves you the trouble of finding where to dump your car.
An Erie feeling to help you unwind
The next good stop is just over 100 miles northeast of Cleveland, in Erie, Pennsylvania.
The 4th largest city in the state, Erie lies on the banks of the lake after which it was named and will leave you around 118 miles (2 hours) from Niagara Falls.
It's standing as the state's 4th largest city can be deceiving, as this is a friendly, chilled out place, where you can take a minute to enjoy the local sights and sounds.
Some of the main attractions include Presque Isle State Park right on the waterfront and Lake Erie Beach around an hour's drive outside the city.
It's also the port for the legendary flagship Niagara, which fought in The Battle Of Lake Erie during the War Of 1812. Considering we're on our way to Niagara Falls, it only seems right to stop and check out its namesake.
The Sheraton Erie Bayfront Hotel stands right by the water and features spectacular views out across the great lake. Perhaps the only thing better than its views are its luxurious rooms and facilities, which will leave you wanting much more than just a single night here.
From Chi-Town to C-Town
The second largest city in the state of New York, much like Erie that doesn't tell the whole story, as Buffalo's 255,000 population is only a fraction of that of New York City.
A location often overlooked and considered merely a means of getting to Niagara Falls, the city of Buffalo has plenty to offer in its own right.
To carry on our watery theme why not pay a visit to the world's oldest fireboat, the Edward M. Cotter? Or how about a trip to one of the city's 50 art galleries, its science museum, or the 3rd oldest zoo in the entire United States?
Being located only 30 miles from the falls themselves, it's also the perfect location to stay when you make your visit, to save you from having to take all your luggage with you and have more to do and see in the evenings.
The stunning 4-star Buffalo Marriott at LECOM HARBORCENTER hotel is located right on the waterfront and features stylish rooms, bars and restaurants .
The hotel is a few blocks away from Downtown, but you benefit from a huge (and very well priced) car park right next to it which is a mighty useful feature for a road trip.
Beware that the hotel is part of a complex that includes the KeyBank Center - home to NHL's Buffalo Sabres. On nights when the Sabres are playing, you may find it'll take you a little while to park up and get a room, but that's about the only downside.
Things to see on a road trip from Chicago to Niagara Falls
To break up the long road trip from Chicago to Niagara Falls, here is a list of some of the best places to stop along the way. From National Parks to quirky towns, there are a lot of interesting spots to stretch your legs if you don't want to spend 9 hours straight sat in the car.
- Lake Michigan - The first part of your journey will take you around the southern point of Lake Michigan, the second largest of the Great Lakes and the only one located entirely in the United States.
- Indiana Dunes National Park - The 2nd most recent addition to the register of national parks, Indiana Dunes features almost 25 miles of sand dunes, rolling along the shores of south-eastern Lake Michigan.
- Harbor Country, Michigan - a little detour off the route, this very rural part of Michigan has stunning little towns with harbors, wineries and a relaxed country vibe.
- Toledo, Ohio - The 4th largest city in Ohio, Toledo is famed for its history of jazz music and has museums, galleries and bars dedicated to it.
- Lake Erie - With a surface area of 9,910 miles, Lake Erie may be the second smallest of the Great Lakes but it is still quite a sight to behold.
- Cleveland, Ohio - The largest metropolitan area in the state of Ohio.
- Cuyahoga Valley National Park - 51 square miles of farmland, forests and rolling hills, filled with an incredible collection of wildlife, along the banks of the Cuyahoga River.
- Presque Isle State Park - Covering over 3,000 acres of land and water outside the city of Erie, Pennsylvania, Presque Isle features gorgeous views of Lake Erie. Containing many rare and endangered species of animals and plants, this is the perfect stop for those wanting to get a little closer to nature.
- Erie, Pennsylvania - The 4th largest city in Pennsylvania, located right on the shores of the Lake it's named after.
- Lake Erie Beach - A beautiful beach, with golden sands, on the shores of Lake Erie. During the warmer months, this is the perfect place to stop and get some relaxation time in along the way.
- Buffalo, New York - The second largest city in the state of New York, behind only NYC and only a stone's throw from Niagara Falls.
Best time to go on a road trip from Chicago to Niagara Falls
The road trip from Chicago to Niagara Falls will take you through parts of the country particularly known for their harsh winters.
Considering this is a trip where most of the attractions are located outdoors, it's therefore better to take it during the warmer months. Throughout winter many of the state parks will have limited access, you certainly won't want to spend any time on the beach and even the falls themselves can be less accessible.
When I visited in February, for example, their base had iced over. While it was certainly a sight to behold, if this is a one-off trip you don't want to miss the chance to experience a boat ride right out to the base of this legendary location.
For the most complete experience, consider making the journey between when the temperatures have started to rise in early May to the beginning of fall in September.
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Discover the Best Niagara Falls Tours From Chicago
Every year this natural wonder attracts more than 12 million visitors from all over the world looking to see the gorgeous Niagara Falls. Actually composed of three massive waterfalls -Horseshoe Falls, American Falls, and Bridal Veil Falls - Niagara Falls straddle the border between the United States and Canada. Niagara Falls tours run throughout the year, whether rain or shine or snow. Spring and summer are the most popular times to visits as the famous Maid of the Mist cruise runs seasonal and gets visitors up close and personal with the falls. However, even in winter the falls are a sight to see, as the normal 85,000 cu ft/s flow of water can become a frozen wonderland. Even with the cruise closed in winter there is still many tours of Niagara Falls, especially for the gorgeous Niagara Falls Illumination Show. Throughout there year visitors can also enjoy day trips to Goat Island, which offers sweeping views of Horseshoe Falls and Bridal Veil Falls; the Cave of the Winds tour, which brings summer visitors as close as 30 feet from Bridal Veil Falls; and the IMAX feature presentation at Niagara Adventure Theater.
Niagara Falls Overview
Ultimate Travel Guide to the US-side of Niagara Falls
p>Niagara Falls is world-famous for its awe-inspiring size and magnificent beauty. This spectacular natural wonder attracts all kinds of travelers, young and old, from honeymooners to young couples, groups of friends to families. There is a wide choice of hotels at Niagara Falls, including affordable ones for those on a budget. Newlyweds can splurge and stay in one of the many Niagara Falls luxury hotels. And as far as things to do at Niagara Falls, there are activities for the whole family to enjoy.
How to Get There
New York City, with its many tourist landmarks, attracts more than 65 million visitors each year. Many of these tourists are keen to view nature’s grand spectacle, Niagara Falls, in combination with their trip to New York City. However, the two places are not in the same area. In fact, the distance between NYC and Niagara Falls is about 400 miles, making transportation both challenging and time consuming. Nonetheless, there are some convenient and affordable ways to visit Niagara Falls from New York.
The bus ride from New York to Niagara Falls takes a good 9-10 hours. Bus companies such as Greyhound, Trailways NY, and City2City Bus provide direct services. The standard price is typically $50 one-way. This is convenient if you don’t want to drive, and of course, once you get there you don’t have to bother with parking, etc.
The fastest, and sometimes surprisingly the cheapest way to reach Niagara Falls from New York is to fly. The flight itself lasts one hour, but keep in mind that it is a 45- to 60-minute drive to the falls from the airport. If you have only one full day to explore the falls and want to save time, this is the best option. The closest airport is Niagara Falls International Airport. Also, Buffalo, New York, is a major airport near Niagara Falls with connections across the US.
Niagara Falls Tours from New York:
Joining a Niagara Falls day tour or booking one of dozens of Niagara Falls vacation packages is a hassle-free way of seeing this majestic natural wonder. It is a lot easier than doing it yourself, especially if you have kids, you are on your honeymoon, or you’re looking for budget-friendly services. A 2-day Niagara Falls Tour from New York costs a little more than $100 and the hotel is included in the offer. You can also choose a longer three to four days trip for a more relaxed visit and to see more than just the highlights.
When you select a guided Niagara package tour, the price includes the services of a professional and knowledgeable tour guide from whom you can learn about the history of the falls. And when you book a tour, included for free is the chance to meet and make friends with people from around the world. Please note, that Niagara Falls is a city in Ontario, Canada, so before going to the Canadian side of the falls, some visitors may require a Canada visa. However, the falls can be enjoyed in all their glory from the American side as well.
Things to Do in Niagara Falls
Maid of the mist, a ride on the iconic maid of the mist boat is a must-do sightseeing activity on the niagara river. go with your partner, friends, or family for the unmissable experience of standing among the swirling mist as you get close to the falls on this river cruise. the ticket costs less than $20 for adults and children under 5 go free with an accompanying adult. the maid of the mist typically operates in the niagara falls state park usa from the first week of april to the first week of november. note, that the hornblower cruise runs on the canadian side of the falls., cave of the winds:.
The Cave of the Winds takes you closer than you can imagine to the thundering Niagara Falls. An elevator will whisk you 175 feet (53 meters) below the Niagara Gorge. After you put on the classic yellow poncho and special non-slip footwear, a tour guide will lead you behind safety railings to within 20 feet (6 meters) of the torrential Bridal Veil Falls. Admission tickets are $14 for adults, $11 for children ages 6-12 years, and free for children below age 6.
Take your Niagara Falls holiday to the next level of fun with a ride on the Whirlpool Jet. You’ll enjoy an adrenaline-pumping high-speed ride upriver through the gorge. Note, the ride does not go through the falls themselves. The ticket for the Whirlpool Jet Niagara is $61 for adults and $51 for children ages 6-13.
Niagara Falls Night Illumination:
Every evening, the Niagara Falls are illuminated in the brilliant colors of the rainbow. Don’t miss the marvelous spectacle of the Niagara Falls by night. Sometimes, the lighting is done in special colors during events to support different organizations and charities. You can also take a night cruise to enjoy the beauty of the falls from the water or admire the falls from the revolving restaurant of the Skylon tower as you sip on a glass of wine (ticket price for the observation deck is $14.50 for adults and $8.50 for kids ages 4-12, access from the Canadian side).
Shopping at Niagara Falls:
There are endless opportunities to shop at Niagara Falls in antique stores, specialty boutiques, and outlet malls where you can find unique gifts and amazing deals, sometimes even better than online prices. The Fashion Outlets of Niagara Falls USA is the premier designer outlet shopping destination in the area.
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