@ Tourista: I dont plan to go to Canada. Although it would be nice. And I'm sure I'll have a great time! Thanks!
@Indy: Rainbow Hostel. I'll have to look that up. Thanks for the tip. 20 minutes is not bad, considering that thats ALL I'll be doing once I'm at NF! LOL.
Heading west, the AC route goes into Niagara Falls, Ontario just south of Lewiston, NY and takes you right by the falls. The Rainbow Hostel is in Niagara Falls, Canada. It re-enters the U.S. via the Peace Bridge from Fort Erie, ONT to Buffalo. It's my understanding that the Canadian side has better views than the NY side, and there is a recreation trail along the river for much of the way.
The recreational trail is very nice, and the Canadian side is very developed in terms of tourism. Strangely, this is in a good way. Meaning that nearly all of the space between Niagara Parkway (if I remember the name right) and the river itself, and much of the space on the other side of the road as well, is parkland. Only in the city of Niagara falls itself does it get developed in the sense of attempts to separate the tourist from money.
The views are MUCH better on the Canadian side, in multiple places. But especially at the edge of the Horseshoe Falls. To cross into Canada does not require a passport or even an enhanced drivers license, however it is strongly recommended, since they are required for the return crossing. Required, but with some effort and potential delay, you can get back across ONCE - with a warning.