Chicago Lakefront

Chicago Lakefront

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Chicago to Buffalo RV Road Trip

Photo by Kag427 (wikimedia commons)Niagara Falls Photo by Kag427 (wikimedia commons)

The great Niagara Falls is one of those places that everyone wants to see one day.  So, if you’re on a motorhome rental or campervan hire holiday in the Chicago area why not take a short detour and call in.

There are two main routes from Chicago to Niagara Falls.  One route you stay in the US and skirt Lake Eire, the other, which also happens to be the quickest, takes you through Canada.  Although there’s not much difference in distance, the route through Canada is considered better for the views and the attractions along the way, but if you really want to visit Cleveland's Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and Cuyahoga Valley National Park, then choose the Intestate 90 through Cleveland.  Whichever route you choose, it's only about 1000 miles in total, not counting the side trips, so if you really want you could try the loop.

Day 1

Leave the windy city and head north for Canada on Interstate 94, enjoying Lake Michigan from a distance.  After around three and a half hours you’ll be ready for a stop, and luckily you’ve chosen this route because you’ll be drawn to Marshall, home of magic.

The American Museum of Magic is the largest museum of its kind which is open to the public, and as you’re off to Niagara you can brush up on your knowledge of Houdini ‘the man from beyond’.  After you’ve been ‘amazed’ at the museum, travel just a short distance down the road to Jacksonville the home of the Cascades.  The great advantage of visiting Jacksonville in your own motorhome rental or campervan hire is that you have you own toilet facilities onboard….you’ll see why!

Jackson Cascades is set in 465 acres of grounds which includes a small museum, two golf courses, tennis courts, picnic area and…..a giant waterfall and six fountains!  If you stay overnight in the area it’s also good to visit at night as the cascades are illuminated.

Day 2.

Today’s drive takes you across the border into Canada.  When you reach Port Huron prepare for border formalities, remember where you ‘safely’ stowed your passport?  Then once through the necessary procedures, you’re on away again and it’s a four hour journey to Niagara. 

You’ve arrived at the right side of the falls; even the American’s agree that ‘their’ side is nowhere near as good as the Canadian one.  The Niagara Falls are in fact three falls, The American Falls, the Bridal Veil Falls, and the Canadian, or Horseshoe Falls, and the reason the Canadian side is considered so much better is that the Horseshoe falls are over 1000 feet longer and 600,000 American Gallons of water pass over them every SECOND, the American side…150,000.  Of course it’s touristy and you’ll probably want to take a boat ride and get soaking, but you’ve got plenty of dry clothes back at you vehicle, so no worries there. 

The town of Buffalo is only half an hour’s drive from the falls and has a wide range of places to spend the night as well as some excellent restaurants, at a fraction of the cost of staying at the falls themselves.  Maybe you could go back tomorrow?

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