It's no secret that Canada, from coast to coast, has more than enough beauty for us to explore and enjoy. But soon we'll be getting those paperless passports and we might as well put them to good use. And with Rochester, New York, relatively close by, there's no reason not to explore the other side of the border. In fact, there are so many great things to do in Rochester that you might want to plan a trip right now.\nOf course, you could take a plane and get there in a quick three hours. But if flying won't do it for you, don't fret, as the trip is totally doable by car. If you live in Toronto, you're blessed with a border crossing just a short trip away in the Fort Erie/Niagara Falls region. From the city of Buffalo just the other side of the Niagara River, the city of Rochester, New York, is only about an hour's drive away.\nNow, Rochester may not sound quite as appealing as the Big Apple at face value, but with incredible waterfalls, iconic dishes, and enchanting castles, you'll soon see that there is an abundance of reasons to visit. Whether you're looking for a weekend getaway or trying to find somewhere for a longer vacation, New York State might just be the perfect spot. So pack your bags, it's time for a trip.\n\nGarbage Plate @ Nick Tahou's\nPrice: Prices vary\nAddress: 320 W. Main St., Rochester, NY\nWhy You Need To Go: Rochester is well known for being the home of the iconic Garbage Plate. Nick Tahou's is the OG when it comes to this unique dish and it's still the place to go if you're trying it for the first time.\n View this post on Instagram I finally know why Oscar lived in the garbage! #GarbagePlate #AdamsAppetite #FoodFriday 🗑🍽😋 • • • • #SesameStreetShoutOuts #Road2TheShow #FoodEdition #NickTahouHots #CheeseBurger #Hotdog #MacSalad #HomeFries #Whoops #SorryNotSorry #ThereGoesMyDiet #JK #WhatDiet #Rochester #NewYork #rocnyeats #NYEats #Eatsss #FoodPorn A post shared by Adam Brett Walker II (@walkoff28) on Aug 19, 2016 at 8:54pm PDT\n\nWebsite\nRelive Your Childhood @ National Museum of Play\nPrice: $16 USD\nAddress: 1 Manhattan Square Dr., Rochester, NY\nWhy You Need To Go: You can visit Sesame Street and wonder the Toys Hall of Fame where you'll find a giant Mr. Potato Head and other iconic toys from the past. There's even a carousel and a train that you kids and adult kids-at-heart can ride.\nView this post on Instagram Can we take a minute to appreciate the nostalgia of sitting on the stoop at 123 Sesame Street? So many memories. Guess where I learned to count in Spanish! #canyoutellmehowtogettosesamestreet . . . . #seestephtravel #rochesterny #upstateny #wanderoften #sesamestreet #nostalgia #backpacker #travel #traveljunkie #wanderlust #explore #travelgram #adventure #urbanadventure #travelstagram #instatravel #travelinspiration #travelblog #instago A post shared by #SeeStephTravel #SeeStephEat (@stepheniesam) on Oct 17, 2019 at 7:38pm PDT\nWebsite\nWalk Across The Water @ Turning Point Park\nPrice: Free\nAddress: 260 Boxart St., Rochester, NY\nWhy You Need To Go: The 3,572-foot-long bridge at Turning Point Park provides some truly incredible views of Rochester and the Genesee River. What's more, the bridge is only a section of a much longer trail that will take you past all of the natural beauty the park has to offer.\nView this post on Instagram Gorgeous fall day today in lovey Rochester, NY A post shared by Michael & Bella (@_macdaddy22) on Oct 26, 2019 at 3:44pm PDT\nWebsite\nFeel Like Royalty @ Warner Castle\nPrice: Free\nAddress: 5 Castle Park, Rochester, NY\nWhy You Need To Go: Modeled after a famous Scottish castle, there's so much beauty to admire here. You can wander out back to the sunken gardens that feel like they came straight out of a romance novel for even more magical views.\nView this post on Instagram Just a queen and her castle 👑 . . #Rochester A post shared by Rachel Niemi (@rachella_55) on Oct 15, 2017 at 4:28am PDT\nWebsite\nGet Out Of This World @ Strasenburgh Planetarium\nPrice: $24\nAddress: 663 East Ave., Rochester, NY\nWhy You Need To Go: With crazy laser shows set to iconic music, stargazing, a tour of the planets, colourful self-portraits, and more, there's no shortage of visual fun to be had at the Planetarium.\nView this post on Instagram Self portrait at the planetarium. A post shared by Hannah Corey (@hannahmcorey) on Dec 7, 2015 at 6:11pm PST\nWebsite\nGo Chasing Waterfalls @ Corbett's Glen Nature Park\nPrice: Free\nAddress: 415 Penfield Rd., Rochester, NY\nWhy You Need To Go: You'll find multiple stunning waterfalls spread throughout the park. You can also enjoy boardwalks and viewing areas, and there's even seating near one of the waterfalls where you could have a lovely picnic. You'll want to explore the entire park.\nView this post on Instagram Just a waterfall through a tunnel. Nothing to see here! 😉 This walk through the park was gorgeous! #rochester #rochesterny #westernnewyork #wny #travel #exploreeverything #exploremore #explore #wanderlust #wander #carpediem #adventure #fall #autumn #hikingtrails #hike #ighike #getbacktonature #nature #daytripper #corbettsglennaturepark A post shared by buffalogrl716 (@buffalogrl716) on Oct 5, 2019 at 3:42pm PDT\nWebsite\nSatisfy Your Plant Obsession @ Highland Park's Lamberton Conservatory\nPrice: $3\nAddress: 180 Reservoir Ave., Rochester, NY\nWhy You Need To Go: You'll feel like you've walked right into a tropical jungle at the Lamberton Conservatory. Once you're done obsessing over the plants, head outside to explore everything Highland Park has to offer.\nView this post on Instagram 🌵 A post shared by Ira Androshchuk (@and_ira) on May 18, 2018 at 10:00pm PDT\nWebsite\nThere are stories everywhere. If you spot a newsworthy event in your city, send us a message, photo, or video @NarcityCanada on Twitter and Instagram.