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If you find yourself in Toronto but are still feeling a bit of wanderlust, take yourself out for a day or two of exploration and adventure in New York State. Whether you’re seeking natural wonders, cultural treasures, or culinary delights, a day trip to New York State promises excitement and discovery, just across the border!

Getting to New York State from Toronto

Embarking on your journey from downtown Toronto, you will have several transportation options available to make your trip seamless and stress-free. If you want to spend just the day, driving offers flexibility and the opportunity to explore at your own pace, however, if you’re looking for a more scenic or budget-friendly option for a few days’ stay, there are convenient bus and train services from downtown Toronto’s Union Station.

Don’t Forget Your Passport

Just before (and after) crossing the border into New York State, prepare to be greeted by the awe-inspiring beauty of Niagara Falls, one of the world’s natural wonders. Niagara Falls State Park offers various vantage points to view the majestic waterfall up close, including observation decks, boat tours, and scenic walking trails along the Niagara Gorge. Take in the thundering roar of the falls and feel the mist on your face as you marvel at nature’s grandeur!

Visit the City of Good Neighbours

Just under a two-hour drive from downtown Toronto, the city of Buffalo, NY, offers a diverse range of attractions and unique experiences. Buffalo’s rich architectural heritage is evident in landmarks such as the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Darwin D. Martin House Complex and the Art Deco masterpiece, City Hall. Art enthusiasts will delight in the world-class collection at the Buffalo AKG Art Museum – home to works by renowned artists such as Picasso, Warhol, and Van Gogh.

Eat Your Heart Out

No visit to New York State would be complete without indulging in its diverse culinary scene. From classic New York-style pizza and mouthwatering Buffalo wings to farm-to-table fare sourced from the region’s bountiful farms, there’s no shortage of delicious dining options to satisfy every palate. Be sure to explore local farmers’ markets and artisanal food shops to sample fresh produce, artisan cheeses, and other gourmet treats. Lastly – if you’re lucky enough to find yourself in Buffalo on May 16th – be sure to celebrate National Barbeque Day with delicious features all over town.

A day trip from downtown Toronto to New York State offers an abundance of experiences that will leave you with lasting memories and a sense of adventure. Whether you choose to marvel at the natural splendour of Niagara Falls, immerse yourself in history and culture in Niagara-on-the-Lake, or explore the vibrant city of Buffalo, you’ll discover a wealth of treasures waiting to be explored. So hit the road and embark on an unforgettable journey to discover the best of New York State – and then come back to the comforts of downtown Toronto’s best hotels!

Hotels close to Union Station

Our Downtown Toronto Hotels are conveniently located just a few blocks from Toronto’s Union Station, making your trip to The Empire State a breeze.

Hotel Victoria

The Hotel Victoria has stood in the core of the city for more than 100 years, drawing guests from all over the world with its central location, sophisticated spaces, and uniquely iconic history. With buzzing spaces for dining and gathering, newly revamped rooms and friendly service, and a convenient six blocks from Union Station, Hotel Victoria Toronto is an ideal spot to start your New York State adventure from. Book directly to earn Aeroplan points on your stay!

Novotel Toronto Centre

Enjoy a relaxing stay in the heart of the St. Lawrence Neighbourhood of Downtown Toronto at the Novotel Toronto Centre. Conveniently located just 6 blocks from Union Station, you can hop on a train to New York State for the day and be back in time to enjoy a nightcap at Cafe Nicole, the in-house restaurant located in the lobby.

Radisson Blu Toronto

At the Radisson Blu Toronto Downtown, you’re as close as you can get to the hottest spots in Canada’s largest city, and a convenient 15 minute walk to Union Station. Enjoy a day trip to Buffalo one day, and spend the next unwinding at the rooftop pool patio, Lakeview Pool Lounge!

Jo Viluan

Jo, a passionate and driven newcomer to Toronto, has quickly established themselves as a rising star in the city’s bustling hospitality industry. Embracing the diverse and vibrant spirit of their new home, Jo is committed to creating unforgettable experiences for both locals and visitors alike. With a warm, welcoming demeanor and a natural flair for connecting with people, Jo is dedicated to fostering a sense of community through exceptional service and attention to detail. You can find Jo exploring Toronto’s multicultural neighborhoods, sampling delectable cuisine, and discovering the city’s hidden gems, all while building new connections and friendships along the way.