Niagara Falls is one of those iconic natural wonder sights that nearly all of us have on our bucket list, including myself. This past summer I was finally able to check it off during my time on the Rand McNally and USA Today’s, “Best of the Road.” The nearby town of Lewiston was vying for “Best Food” in small town America. We arrived in the area a day early so we could do a bit of exploring around the famed Niagara Falls—let me tell you, it did not disappoint. I do, however, have to leave Niagara on my bucket list because I want to go again…next time it will be in the winter. From the pictures I’ve seen, it looks completely transformed from the summer months, giving visitors a whole new experience.
Niagara Falls State Park is quite expansive, so if you go, be sure to bring your walking shoes as there are more than 400 acres to explore. Niagara is the nation’s oldest state park (1885), and while scores of visitors will enjoy the powerful and awe-inspiring sight of the Falls, that’s just part of he experience. Niagara Falls State Park is home to lush terrain and protected wildlife with over 15 miles of hiking trails to explore, as well as a host of attractions.
Here are some of the Niagara highlights I experienced:
- Niagara Scenic Trolley Rides – Tired of walking, hop on the trolley for a wonderful tour of the park.
- Niagara Cave of the Winds Tour – Take an elevator ride to the bottom of the falls for a whole new vantage point. Don’t miss “hurricane ridge” while you’re there.
- Maid of the Mist – This boat ride will get you up-close and personal with the falls…an unforgettable experience.
- Niagara Discovery Center Hiking Trails – The Discovery Center features miles of Niagara Falls hiking trails, plus hands-on interactive displays and a 180° multi-screen theater experience.
- Niagara Whirlpool Jet-Boat Ride – This is an activity that will get the adrenaline going! Travel up the Niagara River in a custom built jet-boat and experience the excitement of going through class 5 rapids—then, gain speeds up to 60mph while doing a 360 turn in the middle of the river.
Niagara Falls is actually a series of three waterfalls that straddle the international border between Canada and the U.S. Before visiting, I had no idea there was more than a single waterfall. As a matter of fact, it wasn’t until I took a Rainbow Air helicopter ride and got a bird’s eye view that I learned of the other falls. Getting an aerial view of Niagara really puts the grandeur into perspective.
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