The Best of the Rest is my effort to summarize all the travel/miles & points stories that interested me on a daily basis but didn’t have time to write about in length. Culled from over 100 blogs/authors I follow, some are passed along without comment, while I add my analysis to others. This is your shortcut to find out what’s going on in the travel world without having to read dozens of travel blogs to get all the best info.
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Read Part 1 here. After Maid of the Mist and Cave of the Winds, we discovered there was another “behind the falls” excursion on the Canadian side. Oddly, it’s called “Journey Behind The Falls”. Journey Behind The Falls: A 10 to 15-minute walk from the Sheraton, this is an actual excursion that goes behind the falls unlike Cave of the Winds. We weren’t sure we wanted to spend the time to do a second similar trek but it ended up being well worth it. We went earlier in the day (around […]
We spent just a bit more than 2 days in the Niagara Falls area. Ultimately, 3 days is probably ideal but we kept up a pretty good pace and managed to get through most of what we wanted to see. There are boat rides from both sides of the border. We had read that the Maid of the Mist from the Canadian side was better, but both sides seemed to take the same route. There were more boats available on the Canadian side, though, which meant it was quicker to […]
When we originally planned our trip to Toronto and Niagara Falls, I was looking forward to crossing another destination off my list. After all, I’d never been to Toronto despite it’s proximity to where I grew up (New York) and the short flight from where I live now (DC). However, I always thought I had been to Niagara Falls. Apparently, I was wrong. More on our trip to the falls later, but after doing some research, we decided to stay at Sheraton On The Falls, which is a hotel on […]
I would guess that most people think of the start of summer as whenever their kids are done with school. Or, if you’re a kid, then it’s definitely when you’re done. Since my wife is a school teacher (well, until August anyway), that’s always been the start of summer for her. For me as an adult, summer never really felt like it was here until the 4th of July rolled around. Getting stuck on a plane in June thunderstorms can sometimes evoke the feeling of summer as well. 🙂 As […]