Amazing Road Trip from DC to Niagara Falls

A road trip from Washington, DC, to Niagara Falls can be a fantastic adventure, offering the opportunity to explore diverse landscapes and attractions along the way. The trip from DC to Niagara Falls takes about eight hours if you go non-stop, but there’s so much to explore in between that you can easily extend this to a week-long trip!

I’ve personally made the road trip from DC to Niagara Falls twice, and there are so many stops that you can make in between! For this post, I’ll recommend a 7 day itinerary with plenty of fun stops.

However, you can remove as many stops as you want, stay longer, or make the drive in a single day if you really want! But where is the fun in that?!

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Road Trip Tips

Plan Ahead, but Stay Flexible

Research attractions, accommodations, and potential stops along the way while still allowing for spontaneity and detours to explore unexpected gems.

The way I recommend doing this is to choose anchor spots to stay and plan a few activities in each that you know you don’t want to miss. Have ideas of other things to do, but don’t over-pack your itinerary so you still have space to discover things!

Renting a Car

Renting a car in the United States is a straightforward process, but it’s important to be aware of certain requirements and considerations. Here’s a general guide to help you navigate the car rental process in the U.S.:

    • You must have a valid driver’s license from your home country. International visitors may use their home country’s driver’s license if it’s in English. Otherwise, an International Driving Permit (IDP) may be required.
    • The minimum age to rent a car varies by company and state, but it’s typically 21 or 25. Drivers under 25 may be subject to a “young driver” surcharge. Make sure you check the car rental company you’re using because the fees vary.
    • A credit card in the renter’s name is generally required for the reservation and payment. Debit cards may be accepted, but typically if they accept a debit card, there will be a large hold on your card (over $1000). Even when using a credit card, companies almost always place a hold on funds of around $200. Check the company you are using specifically, though, as fees vary.
    • Major car rental companies in the U.S. include Hertz, Avis, Enterprise, Budget, and Alamo. Compare prices, terms, and customer reviews before making a reservation. I’ve found the best deals typically by booking through Southwest Airlines or using Turo.
    • It’s advisable to make a reservation in advance, especially during peak travel times. This allows you to secure the type of vehicle you need at the best rate.
    • Car rental companies do not require you to purchase insurance. However, damages can easily be over $1000, even for a small accident. Rental car insurance options include Collision Damage Waiver (CDW) and Liability Insurance for a daily fee.
    • Most companies provide a car with a full tank of gas and require you to return it with a full tank. Some companies offer a prepaid fuel option, but it’s often more cost-effective to fill up the tank yourself.
    • If multiple people will be driving the rental car, additional drivers may need to be added to the rental agreement. There is usually an extra fee for each additional driver.
    • Pay attention to mileage limits, return policies, and any additional fees. Most traditional rental car companies offer unlimited mileage.
    • Before leaving the rental lot, thoroughly inspect the car for any existing damage. Note and document any scratches, dents, or issues with the rental company to avoid being held responsible.
    • Return the car on time to avoid additional charges. Fill the tank to the agreed-upon level and return the car in the same condition you received it.
    • If needed, you can request a GPS or other additional equipment. Be aware that these may come with extra charges.

Essentials to Pack for Road Trip

    • Foldable Backpack: Carry essentials like maps, snacks, water, and a first aid kit in a day pack you can easily grab in your car. You don’t want to have to unpack your whole bag looking for something.
    • Reusable Water Bottle : Good for the environment and means you stay hydrated at all times! Most places in the US will have an easy place to fill up your water bottle on a trip.
    • Portable Charger with Fast Charging Technology: Even if you think you don’t need it because your car has a plug, I still recommend bringing an additional charger. You want to make sure you have the ability to navigate and get help if needed.
    • Sunglasses: While you might think that drinking into the sunset sounds romantic, it’s not easy on your eyes. Get some good sunglasses!
    • Collapsible Cooler: Keep drinks, snacks, and leftovers cold with a collapsible cooler for easy storage and set up when needed. Fits easily in a suitcase!

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Day 1 -2 Washington, DC

Start your journey by spending a few days in the nation’s capital. Explore iconic landmarks like the National Mall, Smithsonian museums, and historical monuments. There’s a lot to see, but you’ll enjoy spending a few days in DC during your road trip to Niagara Falls.

If this is your first time in DC, I recommend spending 3-4 days here instead and cutting a few other days of this trip.

Day 1: Monuments, Museums, and Views

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Start Your Day on the National Mall, Seeing Monuments

On your first day in DC, you’ll spend your time around the National Mall exploring the best of the museums and monuments.

No Washington, DC itinerary would be complete without seeing the monuments, whether you spend two days in DC or a week. If you want to save money, you definitely don’t have to do a tour, but I do think it’s pretty fun to hear the history of each of these monuments.

The good news is that all the monuments are within walking distance of each other. Wear comfortable shoes and take off! Perfect start to a road trip; get all your walking in on your first few days!

Monuments you’ll want to see include:

    1. National World War II Memorial
    2. District War Memorial
    3. Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial
    4. Vietnam Veterans Memorial
    5. Abraham Lincoln Memorial
    6. Washington Monument
    7. Thomas Jefferson Memorial
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National Art Gallery and Portrait Museum atrium

Spend the Afternoon at a Museum

After walking the monuments, choose a museum or two you want to visit! You could spend weeks just visiting Smithsonian Museums, but there are some that are better than others. Below are a few of my favorite free museums in DC.

Here is a list of my favorites to visit when you only have half a day:

    1. African-American History Museum (on the National Mall)
    2. American History Museum (on the National Mall)
    3. Holocaust Museum (almost on the National Mall)
    4. Air and Space Museum (on the National Mall)
    5. National Art Gallery and Portrait Museum (Chinatown just north of the National Mall — perfect for photos)
    6. National Zoo (Woodley Park)

There are smaller Smithsonian museums (or ones that take less time) that are definitely still worth a visit. Most are located right along the National Mall, too. Here are a few to consider if you want to visit a few smaller museums or still have enough time after visiting one of the larger museums!

    1. Renwick Art Gallery (next to the White House)
    2. Hirshhorn (on the National Mall)
    3. Sculpture Gardens (on the National Mall)
    4. Botanical Gardens (on the National Mall)

Sunset Drinks, Dinner, or a Show in the Wharf

The Wharf is DC’s newest development and has some of the best views at sunset. Whiskey Charley offers great views of the Capitol from its roof (located inside the Hilton), La Vie has happy hour specials, and Officina has a huge patio with greenery that is pretty romantic.

After that, grab dinner at one of the great restaurants there. My favorites are Hank’s Oyster House (seafood), Officina (Italian), and Mi Vida (Mexican).

If you’ve still got energy after a long day, check if there are any shows going on in the Wharf. Three different music and comedy venues have opened up in the Wharf and offer a variety of music genres every night. The Anthem is the largest venue, Pearl Street Warehouse often hosts local or cover bands, and Union Stage regularly hosts smaller names as well as comedy.

In the summer, there are large games such as cornhole and outdoor concerts happening as well. Plenty of entertainment options!

Check out the Wharf’s website for their latest events.

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Day 2: Capitol, Archives, and U Street

Capitol

A tour of the Capitol is one of the best ways to see and understand US politics. Advance reservations are recommended, but not required. If you choose to risk it, go the morning of, before you visit any museums. The lines for this can often be long, and tickets sell out in the high season. 

I’d recommend just buying in advance on their website. You can also take a tour that includes tickets to the Capitol

The Capitol is beautiful, and taking a tour will help you learn about the US government, history, and where we are today. I think it’s essential! In the summer, flowers are all around the Capitol, making it an especially beautiful spot to see.

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Library of Congress

At the Library of Congress are rare books, the Jefferson Reading Room, and it’s just all-around a beautiful building. Timed entry tickets are required to visit and you can reserve your spot here.

Supreme Court

The Supreme Court is the highest court in the Nation for all cases and controversies arising under the Constitution or laws of the United States. There are specific guidelines, and you are not guaranteed entry. It is important, though, to see while in DC! Find visitor information here.

National Archives

Your last stop will be the National Archives, where you can see the Declaration of Independence and other important early US documents like the Constitution and Bill of Rights. The lines here can be long, so I’d recommend giving yourself plenty of time. While reservations aren’t required (and it’s free), it is recommended you reserve a spot in advance or consider a tour.

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Dinner and Drinks on U Street

End your time in DC in one of the most well-known and photogenic neighborhoods in DC with history – U Street It’s full of beautiful Victorian homes built in the 1800s and an epicenter of African American life in the first half of the 20th century – one of the most exciting areas in the country for the celebration of black culture. Poets like Langston Hughes and musicians like Duke Ellington got their start in this neighborhood, and the culture lives on today (in select areas, of course).

You can eat almost any kind of food in this area. Some of my favorites are Dukem (Ethiopian), Ben’s Chili Bowl (a local favorite), and Le Diplomate (French).

For music, check out U Street Music HallDC9, and Twins Jazz. This is a perfect spot for people wanting to go out or couples visiting DC who want to enjoy local music.

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Day 3 Baltimore, Maryland

45 minute drive from DC

Most itineraries suggest a direct route through Frederick, Maryland, and Pennsylvania. However, if you want to really take a road trip from DC to Niagara Falls and see some of the top sites between, make a short detour to Baltimore and spend a day there.

Baltimore is a major city in Maryland with a long history as an important seaport. It’s just 45 minutes from DC and a great place to spend a day on your trip. In Baltimore, charm is everywhere, and adventures await!

With just one day in Baltimore, I’d focus your time on a fun and historic area of Baltimore known as Mount Vernon. I lived in Baltimore for three years and personally think you can completely skip the Inner Harbor. It’s not unique, and honestly, there’s not much to do there that can’t be done somewhere else!

Grab Breakfast at the Bun Shop

The Bun Shop is a fun café serving filled buns such as piroshki & empanadas, plus Vietnamese coffee. It’s a great place to start your day and has lots of cozy seating options for you to start the day!

I really enjoy how peaceful and quiet it is here and how they serve both savory and sweet options that will keep you full all morning.

Peabody Library

Peabody Library

The George Peabody Library is widely recognized as one of the most beautiful library spaces in the world, but is also an essential space for teaching and research. It opened in 1878 and was designed by Baltimore architect Edmund G. Lind, in collaboration with the Peabody Institute’s first provost, Dr. Nathaniel H. Morison. The stack room contains five tiers of ornamental cast-iron balconies, which rise dramatically to the skylight 61 feet above the floor.

The library contains 300,000 volumes, mainly from the 19th century, with strengths in religion, British art, architecture, topography, and history; American history, biography, and literature; Romance languages and literature; history of science; and geography, exploration, and travel.

I went to a wedding here once and, oh my goodness, what a dream! This is a stunning library and free to visit. It often closes for special research sessions and events so it’s best to visit before 2 pm.

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Walter’s Art Museum

Founded and opened in 1934, it holds collections from the mid-19th century that were amassed substantially by major American art and sculpture collectors, including William Thompson Walters and his son Henry Walters.

The museum’s campus includes five historic buildings and 36,000 art objects. Moving through the museum’s galleries, visitors encounter a stunning array of objects, from 19th-century paintings of French country and city life to Ethiopian icons, richly illuminated Qur’ans and Gospel books, ancient Roman sarcophagi, and images of the Buddha.

Admission to the museum is free and is open from 10 am – 5 pm on Saturdays.

Washington Monument Baltimore

Washington Monument

We all know about the Washington Monument in DC, but did you know Baltimore had one first? Designed by famed architect Robert Mills, the 178-foot tall landmark is the first in the U.S. dedicated to President George Washington.

Tickets to climb the Monument’s Stair Tower can be purchased onsite using a credit card (no cash accepted). Climbs are offered every 20 minutes for groups no larger than five people. If you are coming during the busy summer months, especially on the weekends, it’s encouraged that you purchase your ticket online in advance to ensure that there will be a climb available when you visit.

The stair tower is about 130 feet from its base to the top (approximately 13 stories), so be prepared to get your cardio in for the day! You can visit it daily from 10 – 5 pm, $6 for adults and $5 for kids.

Dinner at Brewer’s Art

Brewer’s Art is one of my favorite places in Baltimore to grab a nice dinner. This is an elegant spot for housemade Belgian-style brews & upscale New American eats in a former townhouse that’s been around since 1996. It has a cozy upscale vibe (is that a thing?), and you’ll often need a reservation to get dinner here without a long wait.

Downstairs is their brewpub, where you can try all the house-made beers for yourself through a flight or grab a six pack to take along for the rest of the trip. Their fries and aioli are still some of my favorites ever!

Gettysburg

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Day 4 Gettysburg

1 hour 20 minutes

Gettysburg is a historic town in Pennsylvania, best known for the Battle of Gettysburg during the American Civil War. The area is home to several different historic sites and makes a great place for your next stop on a DC to Niagara Falls road trip.

Note: the next drive is the longest. If you’re a history buff, take the almost 5 hour drive the next day and spend more time here in Gettysburg. If you prefer pretty views and wine, do a half day exploration of Gettysburg and stay overnight in the Fingerlakes for more time.

Explore Gettysburg National Military Park

This park preserves the site of the Civil War Battle of Gettysburg. The Gettysburg National Military Park protects and interprets the landscape of the Battle of Gettysburg, fought over three days between July 1 and July 3, 1863, during the American Civil War.

Visit the Visitor Center to get information, maps, and watch the film “A New Birth of Freedom.” Explore the battlefield with various monuments and memorials as well.

Before leaving this area, visit the cemetery where many soldiers who fought in the Battle of Gettysburg are buried. The Soldiers’ National Monument is a prominent feature.

Eisenhower National Historic Site

Eisenhower National Historic Site preserves the farm of General and 34th President Dwight D. Eisenhower. Adjacent to the Gettysburg battlefield, the farm served the president and first lady as a weekend retreat and as a meeting place for world leaders. With its peaceful setting and view of South Mountain, it was a respite from Washington, DC, and a backdrop for efforts to reduce Cold War tensions.

You can visit the historic home and expansive grounds. Take a guided tour to learn about his life and presidency!

Visit a Historic Home

There are several different historic homes in Gettysburg that you can tour and visit to learn more about the 19th century. Below are a few to explore!

    • Shriver House Museum: Explore a restored 19th-century home that provides insights into civilian life during the Civil War.
    • David Wills House: Visit the home of David Wills, where President Abraham Lincoln stayed before delivering the Gettysburg Address. The house is now a museum.
    • Jennie Wade House: Learn about the only civilian killed during the Battle of Gettysburg, Jennie Wade, by touring her preserved home.
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Ghost Tours

Gettysburg is known for its ghost stories and paranormal activity. Consider taking a guided ghost tour to explore the town’s haunted history. Your host will take you around town to several sights known for paranormal activity, such as Unity Park, Dobbin House Tavern, and Gettysburg National Cemetary, and listen to accounts of the thousands of lives that were lost during this bloody war.

Day 5 Fingerlakes, New York

4 hours, 40 minutes

The Finger Lakes region is known for its outdoor activities, wineries, and picturesque landscapes. This itinerary provides a mix of natural beauty, cultural experiences, and culinary delights, allowing you to make the most of your one day in the area. Adjust the schedule based on your preferences and available time.

Note: this day itinerary assumes you chose a half day in Gettysburg on day four. If you chose to do a full day in Gettysburg, skip the first or second half of this day.

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Start the Day with a Hike in Taughannock Falls State Park

Head to Taughannock Falls State Park, just a short drive from Ithaca. Hike Taughannock Falls via Gorge Trail to reach the stunning Taughannock Falls, one of the highest waterfalls in the eastern United States.

This is an easy 1.8-mile out-and-back trail. This trail passes by a 20-foot cascade known as the Little or Lower Falls before you reach the main falls. Many people use this area for swimming or jumping into the pool but this is prohibited. Look carefully at the rock layers and you may see some fossils!

Wine Tasting

After a morning hike, you deserve to relax with some wine. The region has a cool climate, which is suitable for growing certain grape varieties, especially white varieties like Riesling and Gewürztraminer. The cool climate also contributes to the production of crisp and refreshing wines.

The Finger Lakes wine region is organized into several wine trails, with each trail featuring a collection of wineries. The Cayuga Lake Wine Trail is close to the hike from this morning and gives visitors the opportunity to explore multiple wineries in a single trip. Each winery offers unique wines, beautiful views, and a chance to experience the local terroir.

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Lakeside Relaxation

Spend the afternoon by the water. Head to an area for swimming or a hike. You can also consider canoeing, kayaking, or paddle boarding on the lake!

Swimming options

Taughannock Falls State Park

  • 1740 Taughannock Blvd, Trumansburg, NY
  • Swimming is open at the lake when lifeguards are on duty. Please note parking is across the street.

Myers Park

  • 1 Lansing Park Rd, Lansing, NY
  • Swimming is open for the season when a lifeguard is on duty.

For the latest status of New York State Parks including any closures, please download and reference the free Parks Explorer App.

Canoe, Kayak & Paddling Rentals on Cayuga Lake

Paddle-N-More Rentals

  • Three locations by reservations: Myers Park Lansing; Taughannock Falls State Park, Trumansburg; Stewart Park, Ithaca
  • Kayak, Tandem Kayak, Canoe, Stand Up Paddleboard, Pedal Boat Rentals
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Dinner and Lake Views

Go on a dinner cruise on the water to see the lake from a different perspective or enjoy dinner on a dock along the lake!

Restaurants on the Water

    • THE BOATYARD GRILL: 525 Old Taughannock Blvd, Ithaca
    • GLENWOOD PINES: 1213 Taughannock Blvd, Ithaca
    • THE INN AT TAUGHANNOCK FALLS RESTAURANT2030 Gorge Rd, Trumansburg

Dinner Cruise Options

Cayuga Lake Cruiseshas two vessels to offer: the historic Motor Vessel (M/V) Manhattan, and the newer (but still historic) M/V Columbia. The three-hour seasonal dinner cruises feature five types of main dishes, including a vegetarian/Vegan option, with salad, sides, dessert, and after-dinner coffee or tea.  Cost is currently $44 for adults, and $32 for children 12 and under.

Seneca harbor Station and Captain Bill’s is a restored train station that now offers both land-side and on-lake dinners. Captain Bill’s is responsible for the dinner options, and offers a variety of different choices throughout the week.

Niagara Falls
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Day 6 Niagara Falls, New York & Niagara Falls, Ontario

2 hours 14 minutes

Finally, reach the stunning Niagara Falls! Explore both the American and Canadian sides for the best views. You do need your passport to cross over the border and in my experience, it’s very easy and only takes a few minutes. They are used to people crossing over to visit Niagara and coming back.

Morning on the American Side

While the Canadian side is known for it’s beauty, some of the best attractions and fun experiences in Niagara Falls are on the American side. Spend the morning exploring the many attractions here!

Explore the American Side of the Falls

Start your day early to beat the crowds and enjoy the falls in the morning light. Begin by exploring the American side, which provides stunning views of both the American Falls and Bridal Veil Falls.

The American side is set back a bit further from the falls than the Canadian side but offers a different perspective. It won’t take long to enjoy the view before exploring some of the attractions on the American side you don’t want to miss.

Cave of the Winds

Head to the Cave of the Winds on the American side. This experience allows you to walk along a series of wooden walkways to the base of Bridal Veil Falls, offering a thrilling and immersive encounter with the falls.

The Cave of the Winds was a natural cave behind Bridal Veil Falls at the Niagara Falls. The cave was some 130 feet high, 100 feet wide and 30 feet in depth. It was discovered in 1834, and originally dubbed Aeolus’s Cave, after the Greek god of winds

Guided tours began officially in 1841, through Goat Island and descending down a staircase closer to the falls, into the cave. Tropical storm-like conditions can be experienced, as winds can reach up to 68 mph (109 km/h) underneath the falls. The cave was obliterated in a massive 1954 rockfall and subsequent dynamiting of a dangerous overhang.

Today, the “Cave of the Winds” is the name of a tourist attraction near the same site. An elevator takes people from the area between the American and Canadian Falls down to the level of the Niagara River at the base of the American Falls. A series of redwood decks and platforms allow sightseers to walk right up to the base of the Bridal Veil Falls with water crashing down right on them and flowing beneath the decking.

The decking is removed each fall due to the potential damage caused by ice buildup at the falls and re-installed each spring by park officials for sightseers to enjoy the experience. The decking is not secured to the rocks below by bolts or other construction materials; the wood beam supports are simply wedged into the rock crevices.

You can still visit in the fall and winter, but only the museum is open. You can learn about the history of Niagara Falls and it’s historical importance here!

Cave of the Winds tickets must be purchased at the Cave of the Winds Plaza on Goat Island.

As the Cave of the Winds is a timed ticketed attraction, plan to make it your first stop of the day to make your reservation!

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Maid of the Mist Boat Tour

Take the Maid of the Mist boat tour. This iconic experience takes you up close to the falls, allowing you to feel the mist and hear the roaring water. Tours last about two hours and ponchos are provided, but be prepared to get wet.

Take an unforgettable boat ride to the feet of the cascading waterfalls on the Maid of the Mist tour. This guided tour includes both the Maid of the Mist admission ticket and a short walking tour from Hennepin Rock around Prospect Point to the Trolley Loop.

This is an iconic thing to do in Niagara Falls, USA and well worth the few hours of your morning!

Consider taking this tour with Walks Tours in the morning to be the first to visit the falls the day of your trip. Such an epic experience!

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Afternoon on the Canadian Side

The Canadian side brings you right up against the falls! The views here are beautiful as you look over the cascading falls and see the rushing water. Spend your afternoon exploring the Canadian Side of Niagara falls.

Lunch with a View

Enjoy lunch with a view of the falls. There are several restaurants in the area that offer panoramic views. I recommend the Canadian side as it’s much closer to the falls and offers beautiful views year round.

Here are a few restaurants to consider:

    • Watermark is a restaurant at the top of the Hilton. Pretty much the best view of the falls (and the fireworks) that you can hope for. The food is good, but you’ll obviously pay a bit more than you would for the same stuff elsewhere.
    • Located right next to the brink of the Horseshoe Falls, the Table Rock House Restaurant offers special dining experience. Enjoy an unobstructed view of the magnificent falls through floor-to-ceiling windows.
    • With a prime location overlooking the falls, The Keg Steakhouse + Bar offers a blend of top-notch cuisine and breathtaking views. Whether you’re dining on their outdoor patio or enjoying an intimate meal inside, you’ll be treated to an unforgettable dining experience. Savor their signature steaks, seafood specialties, and an extensive selection of fine wines, all while gazing out at the mesmerizing falls.
    • Skylon Revolving Dining Room is located atop the Skylon Tower. As you enjoy a gourmet meal, the restaurant slowly rotates, providing you with a 360-degree view of Niagara Falls and the surrounding landscape. Marvel at the ever-changing scenery while relishing in the diverse menu offerings, which range from seafood to international cuisines.
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Journey Behind the Falls

Visit Journey Behind the Falls, an attraction that takes you through tunnels behind the Canadian Horseshoe Falls. Experience the thunderous sound and feel the vibrations of the falls from a unique vantage point.

After journeying deep into the bedrock, you’ll navigate tunnels that lead behind the Horseshoe Falls. You’ll find incredible cave-like portals that open behind the falling water, where you’ll see, hear, and feel the power of the falls up close at Journey Behind the Falls!

Unlike the American side’s Cave of the Winds, this is open year-round and takes about 60 minutes. You can book in advance on their website or take a tour that includes this experience.

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Explore Clifton Hill

Head to Clifton Hill, known as the “Street of Fun.” This bustling area offers a variety of attractions, including shops, restaurants, and entertainment. It’s a lively place to explore and take in the vibrant atmosphere.

The abundant beauty of Niagara Parks and the wealth of internationally acclaimed wineries in the region are in Clifton Hill. Spend your afternoon enjoying this area!

History buffs can enjoy the many historical sites and museums and thrill seekers can take a ride on one of the many Niagara Falls attractions on Clifton Hill.

Families especially love this area with the SkyWheel, go kart tracks, mini-golf course, wax museum, rollercoasters and more!

There’s also plenty of shopping, restaurants, and tours to take in this area. Plenty of adventures to be found in this area for a fun afternoon.

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Day 7 Niagara Falls to DC

7 hours 40 minutes

As your trip wraps up, head back to DC or whatever your next East Coast destination is! I’d recommend considering driving on to New York City or other major places on the East Coast. You could also consider driving on to Chicago, which I’ve done before too!

New York is about four hours away, Chicago is ten hours. The non-stop drive back to DC from Niagara is about eight hours.

No matter which way you go, you’ll love this DC to Niagara road trip! If you’re looking for more USA road trip ideas, check out this list of one week USA road trip ideas.
Experience the beauty of a road trip from Washington, DC, to Niagara Falls. Discover hidden gems and create lasting memories along the way.
Experience the beauty of a road trip from Washington, DC, to Niagara Falls. Discover hidden gems and create lasting memories along the way.
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