Niagara Falls – Why You Should Visit the American Side Now

by Lisa Soots | October 19, 2021 12:16 pm

Niagara Falls[1], a natural wonder of the world, is undoubtedly on most people’s travel bucket list. And for good reason. Not only is it an amazingly beautiful place, but it is an incredibly important part of American history.

The Falls area are associated with the early American Indians, European exploration, the French and Indian War, the American Revolution, the War of 1812, and the Underground Railroad. Additionally, the Falls have been an important site for hydroelectric power and ancillary industries as well.

The falls were created 12,000 years ago, as water flowed into the Niagara River from the North American Great Lakes. While Niagara Falls is an important source of power, it is also a popular tourist attraction. It’s interesting to note that in an effort to preserve the balance, water flow is reduced at night and redirected to sources where energy is generated. During the day, the restriction is lifted, making the Falls more magnificent for tourists to enjoy.

Did you know that Niagara Falls is actually three distinct waterfalls. The three falls are the American Falls, Bridal Veil Falls (because of its resemblance to a bride’s veil) and the largest, Horseshoe Falls ( aka the Canadian Falls). The three falls combine to produce the largest water flow rate of any waterfall in the world.

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Top Reasons Why You Should Visit the American Side Now

The Falls

The Three Falls of Niagara Falls - American Falls, Bridal Veil Falls & Horseshoe Falls
Horseshoe Falls, Niagara Falls

Obviously the falls themselves are the number one reason to visit. Niagara Falls[6] is a national treasure for both the U.S. and Canada. They are spectacular to view and absolutely worth the trip to visit.

Niagara Falls State Park

View of Niagara Falls, NY from Niagara Falls State Park

One of the best reasons to visit the American side is that this is where you will find the Niagara Falls State Park. If you are an avid outdoor lover, then you will be well rewarded if you visit. The park covers an amazing 400 acres of wanderlust for the outdoor types. You can walk, run, hike or bike along the numerous trails that range from easy to difficult. Many of the trails are accessible by all and there is a trolley available as well.

Bridal Veil Falls in Niagara Falls State Park

There are also places to stop and enjoy a picnic or purchase food items. Not to mention an observation area that gives panoramic views of the park. Fun fact, this park has the distinction of being the very first state park in the USA.

Niagara Falls State Park USA

Adventure Activities

Adventure lovers will enjoy the park as well. In addition to offering exhilarating hikes there are other fun activities for the adventurous. First you have the Niagara Adventure Theater which gives you a visual experience of the power of Niagara Falls. You can even plunge virtually over the falls with daredevils of the past.

My favorite activity was a ride on the Maid of the Mist[7]. For more than 150 years this boat tour has taken travelers on an up close and personal experience with the falls.

Maid of the Mist Boat Tour - Niagara Falls, NY
View of the American Falls and Bridal Veil Falls from the Maid of the Mist Boat Tour

Another wonderful option is the Cave of the Winds[8] tour which allows you to descend 175 feet into the Niagara Gorge and experience the power of the Falls from the Hurricane Deck.

Easy Access

The Niagara Falls State Park is also relatively easy to get to. The closest airport is the Buffalo Niagara International Airport in Buffalo, New York. Whether you rent a car, grab a taxi or an Uber, it’s just a little over 30 minutes to get to the falls. Often times flights to Buffalo are cheaper than ones to Toronto, so that’s a plus too. Plus you might also enjoy taking a Niagara Country Wine Trail Tour[9] while you are in the New York area.

So Which is Better – Canada or America?

Which side of Niagara Falls is better? Undoubtedly, the Canadian side of Niagara Falls is more popular. There are definitely more hotels options on the Canadian side. Some even have views overlooking the Falls. The Canadian side also has a better angle for seeing Horseshoe Falls. Of course, if you take the Maid of the Mist[7] boat tour I mentioned earlier, you will have some absolutely gorgeous views of all three falls.

That being said, in the current Covid scenario, it’s just easier to visit the American side. As of August 9, 2021 the Canadian border has reopened to American travelers. Of course to visit the Canadian side you need a negative covid test AND proof of vaccination. If you were just hopping over a day trip, the testing and paperwork probably isn’t worth it. 

More Travel Ideas For You

Ultimately, I hope you enjoyed this post about visiting the American side of Niagara Falls. There is so much to do and there is something for everyone to enjoy. If you’re looking for more great escapes, then check out our Albuquerque[10] or New Orleans[11] posts for more inspiration. Also you might like our, Beautiful Waterfalls to See Near N Wilkesboro[12], NC, as well.

If you have any other suggestions for the best things to do in this area, please share a comment below, I would love to hear from you!

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