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From Chicago to the Falls - Best Route & Stopping Point

Chicago
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From Chicago to the Falls - Best Route & Stopping Point

We're going to be heading to Niagara Falls (Canada side) from Chicago and was wondering what's the quickest/best route to take there. Also, any suggestions on good places to stop maybe midway through?

Thanks!

Memphis, TN
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1. Re: From Chicago to the Falls - Best Route & Stopping Point

Interstate 90 will take you all the way to Buffalo, then its only another 20-25 miles to Niagara Falls. Not sure about the best stopping point, though.

West Grey, Canada
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2. Re: From Chicago to the Falls - Best Route & Stopping Point

Hi rybka10;

Half way would be around Toledo, Sandusky or Cleveland. You may wish to post on those forums about things to see and do.

Best Regards

Chicago
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3. Re: From Chicago to the Falls - Best Route & Stopping Point

Every mapping software is saying that taking 94E to 69N is faster than driving to the south of Lake Erie on 90E. Any thoughts?

Niagara Falls, ON
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4. Re: From Chicago to the Falls - Best Route & Stopping Point

That option may be a little shorter and, in theory, a little quicker, but it doesn't account for a couple of things:

1. Crossing the border at Port Huron/Sarnia. There is just one bridge so, if it is very busy as it usually is, wait times could be very long. Crossing at Niagara gives you 3 bridge options to choose from. Calling 1-800-715-6722 will tell you which crossing has the least wait time.

2. The north route takes you on 7 different highways (94,69 and 402, 401, 403, LAP/RHVP, QEW in Canada)as opposed to 2 on the south route (90, 190).

The north route may seem shorter, but the south route could actually be quicker and will definately be an easier drive.

Chicago, Illinois
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5. Re: From Chicago to the Falls - Best Route & Stopping Point

If you drive the north route, stop at Cambridge (an hour or so before Niagara). There is a nice Lion Safari out there (www.lionsafari.com).

Enjoy!!!

6. Re: From Chicago to the Falls - Best Route & Stopping Point

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