Niagara Falls

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Niagara Falls, United States

Niagara Falls Reviews

X_Drive X_Drive
836 reviews
The Best Water Falls in North America Jun 09, 2010
How do you start a review on something so amazing, something that every person who has ever heard about it wants to see? Good question! The falls are actually made up of two separate falls, the American Falls and Horseshoe Falls. And it’s hard to believe the amount of water that constantly goes over the falls. More than 100,000 cubic feet per second (2830 cubic meters per second) is the normal flow. And the mist from the falls can be felt from quite a distance, depending on the weather at the time you are there. The American Falls section is 180 feet (56 m) high and 1060 feet (320 m) wide, but that is only about 10% of the size of Horseshoe Falls. Although it is a foot shorter at 179 (54 m) feet tall, it is more than twice as wide at 2200 feet (675 m).

On the US side there is Niagara Falls State Park, where you will find a large parking lot, a large visitor’s center, and souvenir shop, and entry to the large observation tower where you can view the American falls up close and personal. You can take one of four elevators down to the river’s edge where you can take the Maid of the Mist, or hike up to the steps that lead closer to the falls. Naturally, with a very recent broken leg we didn’t take much of a hike. In fact they had a wheel chair that I used to get around. Between that and the weather the day we were there made our pictures look a little less than what most people think of when they picture the falls. But even with those things, the plus side of being there and actually seeing the falls can be considered one of the highlights of my life.

Once we finished at the souvenir gift shop and had paid for our all of our must have items, we made our way over the border to the Canadian side. And I must add here that it is now mandatory to show you Passport when you make your way going either direction.

On the Canadian side we made our way along the Niagara Parkway, which is the close roadway along the river. The area from the road towards the river is a wonderfully set landscape and walkway for viewing the falls and river. On the opposite side there is a hill where many hotels and tall towers sit. Those hotels were built there for one reason, to give a wonderful view of the falls. There is even a funicular to get people up and down the hill easily.

My suggestion is to plan at least one full day with a stay on the Canadian side. And if you do, you will get to see the falls lit with amazing colors and watch the fireworks in the evening.
You can see one of the Maids of th…
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X_Drive says:
Thanks, just wish it had been a nicer day with some sunlight. :D
Posted on: Feb 26, 2011
silentrunner says:
Hey Roger ... great review and beautiful photos. I agree, Niagara is an awsome sight to experience.
Posted on: Feb 26, 2011
tejah1 says:
it is great to see it! I agree
Posted on: Feb 26, 2011
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Gagoguck Gagoguck
2 reviews
Niagara Falls, New York- Maid of the Mist. . .a Must! Aug 06, 2008
There was much more to do around Niagara Falls than I anticipated. The first thing that you must do is take the walking tour near the falls. They give you ponchos to keep you from getting completely soaked, as well as sandals to change into so that you don't ruin your shoes. This tour will give you a general idea of where everything is, and the guides will fill you in on the history of the falls. Theres also an IMAX movie that plays that was very interesting and it only runs for about half an hour. It is basically a timeline on Niagara falls and mentions all the crazy things people have done around it to become famous, such as the french daredevil that walked a tightrope across it, etc. The one attraction that you ABSOLUTELY MUST DO is Maid of the Mist. Its the corniest, cheesiest, most touristy (a word?) thing ever, and its awesome. They load a bunch of people onto a boat, give them ponchos, and drive the boat right up near the falls. Not only do you get soaked, but everyone is screaming "wooooooo", and the air is filled with not only water, but laughter from all ages. If you wish to take pictures during this I suggest you buy a protective camera sleeve...they sell these at Ritz camera for 5 bucks, and they come in packs of 2. If you do nothing else in Niagara, make sure you ride on Maid of the Mist.Its cheap, and you will remember it forever. Woooooooo!
Niagara Falls from the bridge.
From the bridge again.
Taken while on Maid of the mist.
Me on the Canada side of Niagara.
pbobenhausen pbobenha…
22 reviews
Sep 03, 2007
If anyone is planning on visiting Niagara Falls from the U.S. side. I recommend that after you have seen the falls from the U.S. side, you consider crossing over to the Canadian side to view the falls. The view is much more beautiful from the north side of the gorge. You will be very impressed. There is an option of walking or driving across. I have done both. For walking you can park at the falls, walk down to the bridge, across, and then back up on the Canadian side. It is a long walk, but a lot of fun. It isn't very often that one gets to cross the border on foot. If you decide to spend more time on the Canadian side there is lots to do. There is an excellent IMAX movie about the history of the falls and its discovery.
Up close on the Canadian side.
Looking back toward the Rainbow Br…
Looking down at Maid of the Mist
jeffy jeffy
23 reviews
Jul 04, 2002
Niagara Falls is amazing . . . unless you've seen Victoria Falls or Iguazu Falls.

Although you have to admire the symmetry of the Horseshoe Falls, Niagara was actually much smaller than I expected. The simple fact that it's partially located in the USA results in overexposure through the media, causing people to think that Niagara is incredible and unique. Don't get me wrong, its beautiful; however, Niagara should never even be mentioned in the same breath as its African and South American counterparts. If you do want to see one-of-a-kind natural wonders in the USA, stick to California, Arizona, and the rest of the Southwest.

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