Back in June 2009, Mrs. JetsGo and I drove from DTW to Niagra Falls so hopefully I can shed some insight...
Just about every picture of the falls that's worth anything is from the Canadian side. As photopilot pointed out, the falls face Canada. However, this doesn't mean you can't enjoy yourself in Niagra Falls State Park on the US side. There, you can get almost right up on the falls and literally feel the rumble.
Niagra Falls State Park and Rainbow Bridge are easily within walking distance, assuming you are able bodied. We actually walked from the Doubletree in Canada, across Rainbow Bridge, over to the park and back.
Did it several times back and forth while there. Obviously, immigration for the country you are entering is on their side of the bridge. The Canadians couldn't be bothered when entering their country, however the US was a pain in the ass when we tried to reenter. We weren't detained or overly questioned, but they were just far more strict than the Canadians. Note: There is a nice sized duty free shop maybe a block or so from the Canadian side of the bridge if that's your thing.
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5) After passing through immigration, head to Clifton Hill (Great Canadian Midway and Niagara Skywheel)
Cheesy and tacky, but cute. We walked through it, but didn't bother stopping at anything.
An absolute must. You can board from either country and get the same tour.
This was great for viewing the falls at night when they are lit up.
In Canada, just about anywhere will work. I found the best spots to be Queen Victoria Park and anywhere on Niagra Parkway between the park and Rainbow Bridge. In the US, Niagra Falls State Park is really the only decent option other than the bridge of course.
I seem to remember there being a toll to cross the bridge, but don't quote me on that. Other than that, just make sure your passport is handy. The Canadian side spits you out in front of the Sheraton and a mall I believe. The US side spits you out into a parking lot where a Hard Rock Cafe is on the other side and the park will be to your right.
I was at the very front of the boat and was able to take several fantastic pictures without getting my camera wet. Obviously though, when we got right up on the falls I put it away, otherwise yes it would have gotten wet.
As I mentioned earlier, getting around on foot is not a problem whatsoever, again assuming you are able bodied.
I would highly recommend you take the tour that goes underground and behind the falls. It is located Queen Victoria Park and offers amazing photo opportunities.
If you have any more questions, feel free to ask...