I have wanted to see Niagara Falls for as long as I can remember, so when we decided to drive across the country this past summer I knew we needed to build in a detour to visit the Falls! We even decided to cross over to Canada because we had heard that the view from that side was spectacular. I’m so glad we did – the view was amazing, a memory of a lifetime!
Getting there was a bit painful! We drove across Rainbow Bridge, which would have been fun in the daytime (you can see all of the falls). Unfortunately, we got there after dark, so we couldn’t see, and then spent four hours in traffic! Luckily the view when we woke up in the morning made it all worth it!
Niagara Falls is actually made up of three different falls! Here is a close-up of Horseshoe Falls:
Tourists on a Maid of the Mist boat ride tour of the Falls – getting very wet!
A view of the entire Horseshoe Falls – it is HUGE!
Rainbow Bridge, the American Falls, and Bridal Veil Falls (the thin waterfall to the right of the American Falls):
And a view of all three: the American Falls, Bridal Veil Falls, and the very beginning of the Horseshoe Falls off to the right:
Here you can see the US-side observation deck where tourists go to get a better look at the falls:
Because we were on a very tight time schedule and our kids are so small, we opted to view the falls from afar, rather than ride on a boat or go out on an observation deck. We spent our money on a hotel room with a view instead! I hope we can take the kids back for a closer look when they are a little bit older!
While I was taking photos of the falls, my kids pointed out this much smaller natural masterpiece – right outside our hotel window, and covered with mist from the falls!
Here’s a little video to give a better idea of just how much water goes over these falls Sorry if it’s shaky – I needed a tripod!
Have you ever been to Niagara Falls? What is a part of the world that you would love to see?