The East Coast of North America is dominated by two iconic, powerhouse cities – New York and Toronto. So different to one another and yet each so vibrant and multicultural, the unforgettable skylines of both are imprinted on the world’s consciousness. If you’re after a meaty holiday with plenty to sink your teeth into in a relatively short space of time, then visit both these behemoths in one trip. With a multicentre holiday all your accommodation and transfers are taken care of, so you don’t have to worry about biting off more than you can chew – simply enjoy everything Toronto and NYC have to offer! A visit to the staggeringly beautiful Niagara Falls provides the perfect palate cleanser in between courses.
Start your holiday with a flight into the fast-paced and buzzy Toronto. This young and vibrant city is the perfect way to kick off your trip with a few days of fun. Expect off-kilter arts and culture, a burgeoning foodie scene and more pristine lake views than you can shake your poutine at.
The St Lawrence Market is the perfect place for gastronomes to sample fresher-than-fresh seafood and handmade morsels that are all locally sourced. Alternatively, strap yourself into a harness for an afternoon EdgeWalk and you’ll discover that the CN Tower is unrivalled for a quick adrenaline fix. There is also excellent shopping on offer in Toronto, and you can explore the surrounding parks, forests and islands if you fancy going further afield.
Of course, Toronto is also the perfect base for a visit to the thundering Niagara Falls. A short 90-minute bus transfer will take you from the heart of downtown to within spraying distance of the Falls themselves. The Canadian side of Niagara Falls is the best side to see dramatic panoramic views of both the American Falls and the mighty Horseshoe Falls.
The Maid of the Mist boat tour will take you right up to the foot of the Horseshoe Falls, so it’s worth booking this excursion if you’re up for a thrill and for getting soaked! The Journey Behind the Falls excursion takes you through a tunnel which opens up right behind the waterfall, where you can experience the sheer power of the water raging past at unbelievably close quarters. The most exotic way to see the Falls is to take a birds-eye helicopter ride, or if you choose to stay overnight in one of the hotels overlooking the Falls you’ll also get to see them lit up at night. Multi-coloured floodlights illuminate the foamy waters in a dazzling array of hues, from sundown until midnight.
After a fast-paced few days in Toronto – with the breath of fresh air provided by Niagara in the middle – you’ll be ready to fly down and live it up in NYC. New York is only an hour and a half flight away from Toronto, so getting here takes no time. New York is the sassy, established metropolis to Toronto’s laid back cosmopolitan destination, and you’ll soon see that the two complement each other perfectly in one trip.
The island of Manhattan packs more iconic landmarks into one dense area than anywhere else in the world. If you only have a few days to explore New York, then start here. With Times Square, Central Park and the Empire State Building all in Manhattan, you can tick multiple must-see places off your bucket list in one go. Spend your days strolling through Central Park and MoMA, and enjoy evenings indulging in fantastic dining and Broadway shows.
Tips From a Travel Insider:
Kelly – one of American Affair’s expert travel advisors – has herself been on an incredible multicentre holiday to these three destinations. We asked her to share her favourite experiences from each place, plus her top tip for a stress-free visit:
Best experience in Toronto
“A Blue Jays baseball game – the atmosphere is amazing!”
Best experience at Niagara Falls
“A Niagara Helicopters flight over the falls – the views are spectacular and you won’t get a better view of the falls from anywhere else.”
Best experience in New York
“The City Clipper sunset cruise around Manhattan Island, the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island. It’s a great way to spend an evening seeing the city skyline from the water.”
Top Tip for this Trip
“The traffic in New York is horrendous, so don’t use taxis. Either walk everywhere or use the hop-on, hop-off buses where you will have a guide onboard giving you information on all of the landmarks.”
Finally, remember to sort out all your travel documentation before you go. You’ll need an Electronic Travel Authorisation (eTA) to enter Canada by air if you are a British Citizen. To enter America, you will need an Electronic System for Travel Authorisation (ESTA). You can apply for both of these online, and they make it easy to fly between Toronto and New York. If you want to cross the border by land, check first that you have what you need as there might be different requirements to enter by land.
If you’re tempted by the heady thrills of a multicentre holiday, then give our experts a call on 0203 424 6177. Speak to Kelly, or to any member of the knowledgeable team. They’ll be more than happy to help you plan your itinerary and take care of hotels and transfers, so you can get more out of your time away.