Niagara Falls

One of the must-see attractions on the East coast of USA, is the Niagara Falls. As part of our trip to US recently, we devoted 2 days to staying in Buffalo, New York State, so we could take in all its beauty.

We drove from our hotel in Buffalo to the Niagara Falls State Park, where we parked in a multi-storey car park situated close by. Then it was a 5 minute walk to get to the Welcome Center for the Niagara Falls. In there, they provide information on how the Niagara Falls was shaped many years ago.

Niagara Falls – events that shaped Niagara

There are also trails along the Niagara for those interested in hiking around the Niagara Falls area.

Niagara Gorge trail system

Below is one of the first images I took of the Niagara Falls. What jumps out from this image for me is the amount of water that is flowing down the falls and the amount of energy associated with the flow, the significant amount of spray it generates which gives the area a misty appearance.

Niagara Falls view from US side

Looking across the Niagara River from the US side, you will see the Canadian side where the boat cruise carry tourists (in red ponchos) along the Niagara River to experience the 3 falls up close. The Maid of the Mist cruise boat which departs from the US end also follows the same route, but the tourists are given blue ponchos to wear. So whether you take the boat on the Canadian or US side, you will end up travelling along the same stretch of the Niagara River and get the same view of the 3 falls up close.

Canadian side boat cruise

Below is an image showing the three falls: (left) American Falls, the Bridal Veil Falls (smallest falls  in the middle between the other two) and (right) the Horseshoe Falls in the distance.

View of all 3 falls: (left) American Falls, Bridal Veil Falls and Horseshoe Falls (right)

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