The real deal: Round-trip airfare to Buffalo (typically on US Airways), three nights' accommodations, breakfast for two daily, and hotel taxes and service charges, from $269 per person — plus significant airport taxes and fees of up to $250.
When: July 1-Sept. 19, 2009.
Gateways: Baltimore; add $30 for Chicago, Miami, New York; $76 for Boston; $130 for Albany; $146 for Philadelphia; $166 for Syracuse; $246 for Pittsburgh; additional cities may be available.
The fine print: Based on midweek departures. Taxes and fees are up to $250. Airport-hotel transfers are not included. Based on double occupancy; single supplement starts at $170. Read these guidelines before you book any Real Deal.
Book by: March 31, 2009.
Contact: Liberty Travel, 888/271-1584, libertytravel.com.
Why it's a deal: According to a recent search on Kayak, the lowest round-trip fare to Buffalo from Baltimore is $140, including taxes, for departures in mid-July (Continental). For an additional $379, the Liberty Travel package includes airfare as well as three nights' accommodations, breakfast for two daily and all taxes.
It's A Snap! Readers' best shotsAnother great thing about this special is that it's valid for travel during the high season, when the boat tours operate. All in all, the packages offers savings of 20 percent off booking its components separately.
Lodging: Three nights at the Hilton Niagara Falls Fallsview, which overlooks the falls. You'll stay in a standard room with one king bed or two queen beds, basic amenities, and views of either Niagara Falls or the city. A glass-enclosed walkway connects the hotel to a casino complex, where you'll find 150 gaming tables, 3,000 slot machines, several restaurants, shops, and a wedding chapel.
More: If you'd like to stay longer, you can do so for an additional $88 per person per night for midweek stays at the Hilton Niagara Falls.
Before you go: For up-to-date visitor information, see the official tourism Web site of Niagara Falls. The area enjoys warm, sunny days in the summer with daytime highs in the 80s—visitors will appreciate the refreshingly cool mist as they get close to the falls. But because the summer is also the peak tourist season, try to schedule your trip for September, when the tours are still operating but the crowds are smaller.
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