Niagara Falls: Travel beyond the waterfalls

Posted Dec 13th 2010 10:00 AMUpdated Dec 14th 2010 12:13 PM

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Niagara Falls: Travel beyond the waterfalls

Niagara Falls is a stunning natural attraction: a massive rush of water tumbling over wide cliffs. While the Falls are no doubt a world class attraction, it's difficult to stare at them all day. Luckily, there's plenty to keep you occupied at Niagara Falls. Three separate waterfalls make up the destination: American Falls, Bridal Veil Falls, and Horsehoe Falls (the most spectacular of them, and entirely on the Canadian side).
At the Falls you can participate in several falls-centric activities. One of the most popular is the Maid of the Mist boat ride, which gets you up close to the base of the falls. Not a dry ride, passengers are given plastic ponchos to protect them from the spray. Journey Behind the Falls is another popular Niagara Falls attraction, where visitors descend an elevator to a platform at the base of Horseshoe Falls.

But if you're going all the way to Niagara Falls, travel a bit beyond the main tourist attractions. Hit the Canadian side for casinos, museums, and observation tower, and much more. There is plenty in the region to occupy you for a solid week.

Niagara-on-the-Lake is famous for its proximity to excellent wine country. In fact, the Niagara Peninsula is home to nearly two-dozen wineries. Many are ice-wine, a variety that grows well in Niagara's climate. Even Canadian celebrity Wayne Gretzky runs a winery! Many folks travel to Niagara Falls just to visit these world-class wineries.

Biking along the Niagara River Recreation Trail is another great way to enjoy the area. A 35-mile paved bike trail runs from Ft. Erie to Ft. George. About 1.5 miles south of the Falls is the Whirlpool, a large, tumultuous bend in the river. It's possible to hike down here, where you'll see fisherman hoping for a catch.

Your options for Niagara Falls travel are nearly limitless. Cross the border for a Canadian adventure that includes not just waterfalls, but wine, whirlpools, and whatever else you fancy.

[Photo credit: laffy4k, Flickr]
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Adam White

Well said, Niagara is an amazing region outside the falls. There is much to see and do, particularly when you start looking at the area as a region (encompassing Niagara Falls, St. Catharines, Pelham, Niagara-on-the-Lake, Welland, For Erie, etc) rather than just the handful of hotels and attractions at the brink. If you're a history buff at all there are some incredible sites relating to the War of 1812 as well.

I run a video blog titled Check In Niagara that explores these little, off-the-beaten-path places in Niagara if anyone's interested: http://www.checkinniagara.com

December 13 2010 at 2:20 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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