Niagara Falls Vacation Travel Guide | Expedia

The Niagara Falls are located on the border
of Ontario Province, Canada, and New York State, U.S.A. The water flows from the Great Lakes, the world’s largest surface fresh water system, all the way down to the Atlantic Ocean. See one of the world’s most awe-inspiring
displays of the power of nature- from the sky, from the foaming river below, or even from within arm’s reach. The Niagara River connects Lake Erie with
Lake Ontario. But before it gets there, the water plunges down almost 170 feet in
a straight drop. The volume of water that comes tumbling over
the crest is overwhelming: Almost 170,000 cubic meters of water, that’s 6 million cubic feet, thunders over these combined falls each minute
during the Falls’ peak hours. Most people don’t realize this until they
get there, but there are actually three waterfalls. East are the American Falls and the narrow
Bridal Veil Falls. Then you’ve got Goat Island and to the west is the impressive Canadian
Horseshoe Falls, the widest and most powerful of them all. Glide over the river, or explore the many other vantage points, to see the water plummet into the depths below. The resulting plume of mist is visible from
miles away. To feel its spray, board the Maid of the Mist. The first wooden steamboat took people to
the falls as early as the mid 1800s and, while the Maids are now made out of steel, the excitement during this half-hour cruise
has changed little since. If you want to get as close to the curtain
of water as you can, embark on a Journey Behind the Falls and see – and hear – the water rush past right in front of you. Below the Falls, the foaming water mass squeezes its way through
a narrow gorge, creating the Whirlpool Rapids, which you can
get to, aboard a jet raft. Aside from nature, there is also plenty of family entertainment
to be had under neon lights. Take the kids to visit the Niagara SkyWheel and nearby themed attractions and arcades. Cross the Rainbow Bridge to the American side to see the Aquarium of Niagara in a serene
environment or stay on the Canadian side and enjoy the
Niagara Parks Botanical Gardens. Niagara-on-the-Lake is only a short drive
away. Visit this pretty 19th-century village to
browse boutique shops, play golf or have lunch before you set out to explore Ontario’s wine country. A shuttle bus or taxi can drop you back at
the Falls in no time. Scale the Skylon Tower to admire this glorious
landscape once more. Less than a 2-hour drive from Toronto and only a taxi ride away from Buffalo airport, getting to Niagara is easy. Their accessibility and splendor make the
Niagara Falls one of the most-photographed natural spectacles
in the world. But, of course, no picture can capture the
thrill you feel – and the roar you hear – when you witness Niagara’s astonishing power. An impression that will last a lifetime…


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