Private car destination guide– Niagara Falls, NY

nflmvstationWhy Go: Niagara Falls’ main attraction is the falls, and there’s a really beautiful historic public park (NY’s oldest state park) that affords views of three of the falls, the cave of the winds, and Goat Island. Perfect for a stroll in early evening, when the falls’ lighting system comes on. Rent a car and visit the Canada for a day– There’s the wine education center, teaching brewery and student-run fine restaurant at Niagara College. Also on the Canada side: Niagara-on-the-Lake– a historic Edwardian village, that’s home to the Shaw Festival (professional theater on three stages, six nights a week, all summer). Area attractions in the immediate area include historic towns along the Niagara River, and Frank Lloyd Wright’s Martin House complex.

Private car parking in NFL: Private cars are parked at the end of one of the station tracks. Power, water, sewage service, ice and taxis are readily available. Passengers are welcome to stay aboard, and can park their rental cars next to the car. Station is not close to downtown, but less than an hour walk. No rental cars available at the station, but they’re nearby.

Niagara Falls highlights for private car folks: NFL’s station crew and train service team is famous among PV operators for their expertise, cooperation, and thoughtfulness. There are few places among the Amtrak system were private car people feel so welcome. There’s a Topps and Wegman’s supermarket a few miles away.

Other transportation: The best rental car provider tends to be the Enterprise agent on Niagara Falls Blvd, who will pick you up at the station, and permit you to drop of the car at their office when they are closed.

Anything else?: Passing between the U.S. and Canada can take an hour or more on busy holiday weekends due to heavy cross-border traffic. You will need your passport or a Nexus card to enter Canada, and speed limits are aggressively enforced on the Canadian side of the border. People who travel frequently between the U.S. and Canada can save time by applying for a Nexus card–which will let you use the automated express lanes at the international bridges. As an added bonus, Nexus is also accepted at US Custom’s Global Entry kiosks in many airports, and gives you membership in the TSA’s PreCheck program (expedited security check at many airports). More info: https://goes-app.cbp.dhs.gov

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