We are in the beginning stages of planning our trip and have lots of questions. Any suggestions on best time of year to visit the Falls? I have a "free" nite thru Hilton -- should we stay at Fallsview or is there another Hilton? We will be taking the Lake Shore Limited from Chicago and Amtrak is advising to take the Maple Leaf from Buffalo to Niagara Falls, ON. are there other options What is the best way to get to the Canadian side and our hotel? Can we avoid renting a car? How many nites should we plan on staying? Thanks in advance for your help.