The Niagara Falls should need no introduction: these cascading waterfalls have been a major tourist attraction for centuries, and continue to inspire thousands of visitors every day. The Falls consist of two very different waterfalls that lie on the border between Ontario and the State of New York. The two falls are named Horseshoe Falls and American Falls respectively.
The first, Horseshoe Falls, is the most famous and is the largest on the Canadian side by some distance, dropping an incredible 53 meters. While not as large, American Falls is still equipped with a hefty 21 meter drop. There is also a small waterfall adjacent to this, known as Bridal Veil Falls.
Visitors can walk up to the base of the Niagara Falls during the course of the Cave of the Winds tour. At such close range, you will be able to feel the fine mist spray caused by the cascading water. The tour commences with a 175-foot elevator ride to the Niagara Gorge. From here, a series of wooden walkways lead to Hurricane Deck, where it is possible to take in the awe-inspiring sight of the water as it relentlessly crashes down.
Alternatively, visitors may wish to embark upon the Maid of the Mist boat tour, which leads right up to the base of the falls. At such close range, the noise is deafening and the sight is mesmerizing. Afterwards, there is the Visitor Center to browse, replete with some charming souvenirs and gifts.
There are a number of ways to get to the Niagara Falls. Visitors can travel by car, train or even by plane from Buffalo Niagara International Airport. If you're seeking hotels near the Niagara Falls, the Millennium Hotel Buffalo is a fine choice, providing easy access to this amazing natural wonder.