Enter CA thru Detroit or Niagara?

Husband+me will be traveling to CA in September First time going to CA together. A friend says entering from the NY side is *SOOOO much better* than Detroit.

Is this true?

Is it worth the extra ~1hr this will add to our trip?

We both have passports. We both are vaccinated and boosted. What should we be prepared for?

Friend says they will require us to pull up our bank statement on our phone?

How much time should we allot for the border crossing?

Anything else I should know?


I pressed my friend on the bank statement thing, and she clarified that they just ask you how much money you have, and she volunteered her bank statement bc she felt intimidated. She wasn’t required to show any documentation.

Enter CA thru Detroit or Niagara?