I have reached enemy territory. After nine hours of driving (mostly on the New York Thruway) I made it to Buffalo on Sunday night. Met up with my travel partner Katie at her parent’s house, where we’re staying for a few days to gather ourselves and condense all of our stuff.
Since they are only about 30-40 minutes from Niagara Falls (and I’d never been there) we decided to make the trip over. We first went to the Canadian side of the Falls (Fun fact – this is the first time I’ve ever been to Canada) and then returned to the American Side. People try and debate on which side is better. While the Canadian side has a better full view of the Falls, you can get much closer on the American side in the Cave of the Winds.
There was also an unexpected surprise found on the Canadian side.
There is one main street in Niagara Falls, Canada – Clifton Hill, that Katie and I decided makes us feel like we’re in an amusement park. There are haunted houses, vendors with balloon animals, mini golf, a wax museum, and a Ripley’s Believe It or Not museum. It was bizarre to contrast this amusement park vibe with the stunning natural beauty of the Falls.
We then returned to the American side of the Falls, where you can get much closer
to the water, specifically the rapids above the Falls and go to the Cave of the Winds. We also went on the Maid of the Mist, which got us right up near the falls (and we got some killer free ponchos as souvenirs). At the Cave of the Winds, you got right up below the Falls, which is fantastic and terrifying all at the same time. You were right up there at the base of the Falls, but you were also standing on a wooden platform with millions of gallons of water flowing under you every minute. So don’t slip.
We ended the day doing some hiking in Devil’s Hole State Park to get down closer to the rapids in the river below the Falls. I also learned something I didn’t know, the rapids below the Falls are not caused by rocks in the river but simply the sheer volume of water in such a small space. So if you watch them for any amount of time, the location of the rapids change!
Anywho, that’s all for now, hope you enjoy the pictures!