Correction to This Article
A headline and caption in the Sept. 18 Travel section incorrectly implied that two photographs of Niagara Falls depicted the U.S. and Canadian sides of the falls. Both photos showed the Canadian side.
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Niagara Brawl: Canada vs. New York


Canadian side: B-

American side: B

And the Winner Is . . .

Canada wins a Golden Barrel for Niagara's best overall side. It's tough to compete with Ontario's sweeping views of the water, mighty casinos, clever flower designs and theme-park-caliber array of things to do.

But don't dismiss Niagara Falls, N.Y. Rather than being down-at-the-heels, as some people suspect, it's up-and-coming with cool neighborhoods, homestyle Italian cooking, and cheerful family-run stores and motels instead of the usual chains.

Big-time fun. Small-city charm. Whichever you choose, reserve early.

And keep an eye out for falling fish.

For a photo gallery with additional images of the Niagara Falls area, go to www.washington

Peter Mandel last wrote for Travel on suiting up as a theme park character.

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