Your parents and grandparents all came here to honeymoon in their day – and it continues to attract visitors from all over the world. How could we not detour and experience the famous and mighty Niagara Falls?
Driving along Lake Erie through the city of Buffalo, the mists in the distant identified the location of the falls – it actually creates its own cloud system. Honestly, I thought it would be more hype than appeal – but I was wrong. The falls themselves are spectacular, with thunderous amounts of water crashing over into the river below. The swirling mists present delicate rainbows as you peer from the lookouts perched right next to the falls. In fact, earlier this year, a tourist – who foolishly crossed over the railing for a photo opportunity – slipped and was washed over the falls.
We even went on the tour boats – ‘The Maid of the Mist’ – which churn upriver and park under American Falls. Fortunately, admission ($14) includes a cheap rain poncho to keep you dry, though it was a hot day and there were a few people who did not mind getting soaked (which you will). This was a great value and a half hour of thrills – well worth it.
A quick hike up the side of the hill will present you with an up close look down on American Falls, while a short hike through the beautiful grounds will end up at the top of Horseshoe Falls – amazing that this much water thunders over the cliffs.
And as we wandered through the beautiful park that lines the series of waterfalls, I’m sure I stepped where my parents walked on their honeymoon back in the 1940’s. Niagara Falls is beautiful. Better yet, it is free.