Niagara Falls. This is a place that’s always fascinated me. Maybe because of the huge, huge amounts of water that travels through every second or maybe because of Bruce Almighty. I guess one will never know. I did however know I was so excited to be visiting this sight in first person.
Driving though the state of New York, from a distance the water spraying is evident and really shows how huge this thing is. Being able to spot the location from miles and miles away adds to the suspense and overall excitement that had filled the van.
We made it. Well that’s what our tour leader had said. Here we are! Welcome to the Niagara Falls.
Uhhhh… what? Big car park, shops, cafes, green grass and a large city just across the river on the Canadian side… Surely not. Niagara Falls was a natural wonder. It was meant to be in the middle of no where just letting natural beauty surround it and show its true colours. Wow, was I mistaken or what! This was the first huge world known site I had ever been to and I guess I misjudged the money companies can make from this place and the information travellers what to know about the falls. A ridiculous amount of people doing their best to get the photos and views one had always imagined.
The bridge above is the border of the United States of America and Canada. I couldn’t visit Canada due to the visa I was on. It wouldn’t have left me back in the United States which could have turned problematic so looking from a distance was good enough for me. You can always just wave to Canada and shout, ‘Hey Canada!’
The noise of the gushing was incredible and so loud it was almost frightening knowing you wouldn’t make it out if you fell down there. So incredible though!
The three main falls, The Horseshoe Fall, American Falls and Bridal Veil Falls are visible from both sides however I have heard many comments that Canada boasts the best viewing points. I was still pretty chuffed to be on the US side. The Niagara Falls has the highest flow rate of any waterfall in the world draining Lake Erie into Lake Ontario.
We had tickets for the Maid of the Midst tour. This is a boat that took us right up to the falls seeing them from a completely different light while getting soaked in the process. Such a great time and definitely worth your time! You also get these awesome ponchos! (See photo below)
From north we started heading back down to earth, south towards our next destination Boston!