I’m a sucker for a good waterfall.

Since Niagara Falls is one of the seven natural wonders of the world, I decided to make a half-day trip stopover to see the falls for myself.

The falls sit right on the United States – Canada border, so it’s possible to view the falls from either country.  When I visited, I saw the falls from the US side.

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Getting to Niagara Falls isn’t hard; If you’re arriving at the Buffalo Niagara International Airport, it’s a short 35 minute drive away.  However, if you’re in New York City, it’s about a 6.5 hour drive away.

From the US side, it’s possible to view from both the right and left sides of the falls.  There is a bridge that connects the mainland US to Goat island, which is a better location for photos in the afternoon.  The sun will be behind you, making your photos sharp and you’ll avoid glare.  Neither US side gives you a true full-view of the falls, but the view from the top is pretty spectacular!

DSC_0093The best time to visit is in the warmer months, especially since the mist from the falls cools you down!  The park and visitor’s center are open year-round, so if you find yourself in New York in the rainy season, don’t hesitate to stop by!

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I love that a travel destination like this isn’t about running around as fast as you can and trying to see too much at once.  The point of visiting is to soak it in.

So GO.  Soak it all in, breathe it out and enjoy these gorgeous views!

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