One of the most well known waterfalls in the world is the Niagara Falls which lies on the border between the USA and Canada, and drains Lake Erie into Lake Ontario via the Niagara River. We got to visit this magnificent wonder of nature in 2003. Taking a tour bus from New York, we followed a local tour group that stays overnight at Niagara Falls. This is also a good way to spend a weekend excursion when in New York.
The bus ride from New York City to Niagara takes several hours, and we found ourselves arriving only after lunch despite an early morning departure. But there was ample time for us to see the falls and take a boat ride on the Maid of the Mist.
Finally, we got our chance to board the Maid of the Mist, for a ride to the edge of the waterfall. As we were here during summer, the water flow is the highest due to the large amount of ice melt that flows from Lake Erie.
Besides the boat ride which is the highlight of the visit, we also hiked on trails that climbed up beside the waterfall for a close up view of the action. Aside from the day time activities, the falls are also lit up at night and there are fireworks displays on certain nights. So it would be good to check the schedule for night displays and fireworks at the official Niagara Falls tourism website before planning your trip there.