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Old 02-03-2019, 07:12 PM   #1
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Niagara Falls?

In September I will be heading from Grand Rapids, Michigan to Syracuse, NY cutting across Canada. What campground will be easy to get to on the US side plus have access to the falls on both sides? Also how many nights should I allow for this stop?
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Grand Rapids to Niagara Falls is about 400 miles (long one day or easy 2 day drive). Frankenmuth, MI may also be of interest to you. Niagara Falls is mostly a tourist trap and depending what you like then 1 day each side is enough. If you like ships, Port Huron is a nice stop to watch the ships entering/leaving Lake Huron into St Clair river. The Welland Locks near Niagara are also interesting to watch the ships get around the falls. There are some great State Parks in NY near Niagara Falls along Lake Erie and Lake Ontario to stay at. Late Sept,early Oct would be best if you like the leaf color tour season.
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I do plan on doing a stop at Port Huron.

I just noticed I posted this in the wrong section. Maybe someone can move it to the Campground section.
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Here are a couple good blog posts on Niagara Falls - where to stay and what to do:

https://wheelingit.us/?s=niagara+falls
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Which side does anyone recommend staying on Canadian or American?
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I do plan on doing a stop at Port Huron.

I just noticed I posted this in the wrong section. Maybe someone can move it to the Campground section.
If you're going to stop in Port Huron, forget staying in Port Huron and head about 30 minutes south and stay in my backyard, the Algonac State Park. It is right on the St. Clair River with lots of freighter traffic right out your backdoor.

But if your intent on staying in Port Huron then just head a little south to Lakeport State Park. You won't see freighters up close but you will be right on Lake Huron.

As far as Niagara Falls, we do many day trips by car, it is one big tourist trap but at the center of that trap are the falls. Plus we really like all the touristy stuff. One day is plenty to see both sides but if the weather doesn't cooperate you might want a couple backup days. And bring a lot of spending money, the really cool ways to see the falls cost money but just walking along the river is beautiful and free.

Oh, and the casino is a great bonus.
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Which side does anyone recommend staying on Canadian or American?
I wouldn't bother with the American side. Just do the Canadian side.
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I did both sides of the Falls.

The boat ride to the base of the Falls is the same from both country's.
The Cave if the Winds, one of the best attractions, is only in New York.
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Four Mile State Park is about a 20 minute ride from Niagara Falls (US side) and the Lewiston-Queenston bridge is easy to get to. The park is on Lake Ontario and there are stores and restaurants in nearby Youngstown and Lewiston. There is also a KOA in Lewiston....but I would rather stay at 4 Mile.

How many nights! Having lived in the area from 1973-2012, I'll just give you an idea of some of the things I would recommend:
spend half a day at Niagara on the Lake
visit the Butterfly Conservatory and Aviary (Canadian side)
half a day or more for the falls and Clifton Hill tourista area
couple of hours for Ft. George (Canada) or Fort Niagara (US)
half a day for Niagara Falls (US side) and longer to take the "Maid of the Mist" boat ride or do the "Cave of the Winds" tour
several hours for the Botanical Gardens (Canada)
if you like wine...tour the wineries on Canadian side and/or the wineries that have popped up in Niagara county

Then, you could also drive to major attractions in Buffalo such as the Naval Park and waterfront, the Albright Knox Art Museum. Check out the home of the Buffalo wing which is the Anchor Bar & Grill in downtown Buffalo! There's also two Frank Lloyd Wright houses in the Buffalo area as well as the Buffalo Zoo....

Western NY can be really nice in September, so have a great trip!
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I wouldn't bother with the American side. Just do the Canadian side.

I will second the Canadian Side X2
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We stayed at the Branches of Niagara Campground & Resort. Nice park.
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Branches of Niagara CG. Home base and use your toad. Besides all the things to see and do at the Falls, take a visit to the Village of Niagara on the Lake and a winery. The jet boat ride up the river is lots of fun.
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I have been going back and forth between the Branches campground and the KOA campground. I am assuming I cannot make any reservations until they open in April. I am looking at staying 3 or 4 nights. At the Branches the rate is $18 difference between the 30 amp full power and the 50 amp full power. Would I need 50 amp power the first week of October?

My wife loves to do the wineries and distilleries. I am a beer drinker and I don't drink wine. Is it easy to access the Canada side of of the Falls from the Branches campground.
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You should not need any AC in Oct. Can you run on 30 amp if AC is not needed?
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