Niagara Falls

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.

The view of the Niagara Falls from the US side.
The view of the Niagara Falls from the US side.
The boats that bring tourists to the edge of the falls. The buildings and the far side are actually in Canada.
The boats that bring tourists to the edge of the falls. The buildings and the far side are actually in Canada.
The Rainbow Bridges that crosses the Niagara River and joins the USA to Canada.
The Rainbow Bridge that crosses the Niagara River and connects the USA to Canada.

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.

Feeling the power of the falls as we drew nearer to it.
Feeling the power of the falls as we drew nearer to it.
Disposal ponchos are given to all, as you will get wet from the spray and mist.
Disposal ponchos are given to all, as you will get wet from the spray and mist.
An impromptu rainbow right at the edge of the falls.
An impromptu rainbow right at the edge of the falls.

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.

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