Eight million people visit Niagara Falls State Park every year to watch up to 700,000 gallons of water cascade over the falls per second.
The natural wonder "is a must-see that won't break the bank," says Jennifer Starkey Loga, senior manager of digital insights and analytics at Healthline Networks Inc. and former spokeswoman for the Niagara Tourism and Convention Corp. in Niagara Falls, New York.
"There are about a hundred free events, attractions and activities each year, and the majority of other attractions cost less than $20," Starkey says.
To stretch your travel dollars, the Niagara Falls State Park sells a Niagara Falls USA Discovery Pass for admissions to many major attractions, such as the Cave of the Winds observation deck, Maid of the Mist boat tour and the aquarium. It costs up to 36% less than separate tickets.
Hotel rooms near the falls can top $200 per night in summer, but the farther from downtown Niagara Falls, the less expensive the rooms, Starkey says. Visit during slower months, such as April, May, September and October, and the prices of hotel rooms are lower. Prices hit rock bottom in winter.
"Not all of the attractions will be open then, but the falls are always free," she says.