Niagara Falls, New York
The Place: Niagara Falls is truly a natural wonder — a waterfall so powerful it has to be seen to be believed.
Beat the Crowds: Be up and ready to start exploring by 8 a.m., as this is the best chance you’ll have all day of getting some photos of the falls without other people in them. To make this less painful, reserve a hotel (for one night) close to the falls (there are ample options). If you'd rather make this a day trip addition to a long weekend in Toronto, the most reliable way to guarantee a crowd-free Niagara is to book one of the Hornblower Cruises.