Did you know that Niagara Falls has two sides?
Niagara Falls is the waterfalls that serves as the international border between Canada and USA (specifically in the state of New York).
From downtown New York (Bronx) is almost a 7hour drive-- one way! It's one ultimate road trip, so to speak! And that's the best thing about the US, you can literally drive to the ends of their country and picnic by the road, just like what we did! ;) A big shout out to my Balcos family for this trip! Love you to the moon, guys!!!
There are three falls that comprise the Niagara: The Horseshoe, the biggest of the three which can be beautifully viewed from the Canadian side.
The American, which is obviously on the American side because of its name, looks like a modified W!
And THE BRIDAL VEIL, that well, looked like a veil from the US side.
You can explore and see the beauty of Niagara through the boat cruise of Maid of the Midst. $17/adult. On summer time they're open from 9:00-8:00 PM. So get ready to be soaked, although they give you (thin) raincoats! Yellow raincoats to be exact...
If you have a Canadian visa or can legally cross the other country, you can do so, through the Rainbow Bridge which was built in 1941 that connects US and Canada.
Niagara Falls is the largest electricity producer in New York State, with a generating capacity of 2.4 gigawatts (million kilowatts).
Trivia: A lot of jumpers and plungers have dared to jump off into the falls. In 1829, Sam Patch, who called himself "the Yankee Leapster", jumped from a high tower into the gorge below the falls and survived. And a school teacher from Michigan, Annie Edson Taylor was the first person to go over the falls in a barrel as a publicity stunt; she survived, bleeding, but virtually unharmed in 1901. She was 63 years old! How's that for Girlpower?!? ;)
Niagara is a huge tourist attraction and favorite spot for honeymooners & couples, especially after the release of a 1953 movie of Marilyn Monroe, Niagara.
Most of the attractions in the US side, lie within the Niagara Falls State Park. The Niagara Scenic Trolley offers guided trips along the American Falls and around Goat Island. Panoramic and aerial views of the falls can also be viewed from the Flight of Angels helium balloon ride, or by helicopter.
We were lucky to have a nice, sunny, summer weather where we had a glimpse of the sunset!
There are plenty of group tours or buses to choose from if you're coming from New York City. The cheapest ones are the tours organized by the Chinese. No wonder, we were surrounded by them!!! ;)