Tried and True Niagara Falls

What’s not to like about tried and true Niagara Falls? Those of us who live in Southern Ontario or Western New York largely take it for granted. Living in Toronto, Niagara Falls is just a short drive down the highway. 90 minutes if the traffic is good; 2 hours or more if it’s not so good. From Buffalo, Niagara Falls is 30 minutes give or take. Over the years, I’ve probably been to Niagara Falls 25 or 30 times, maybe more. It’s intoxicating and a fun place to visit.

Niagara Falls USA

Looking at Niagara Falls USA from Niagara Falls Canada

Before COVID-19 and 9/11, a quick trip across the border was a semi-regular event. Lunch, dinner, shopping, etc. Buffalo was normally the final destination but it’s always a treat to cross the border at Niagara Falls. As you cross the bridge, you get the full view of both the American and Canadian Falls. Niagara Falls U.S.A. has the American Falls, the Seneca Casino, outlet shopping, hotels & motels. They also have some authentic American food restaurants like Villella’s Italian Restaurant (795 Rainbow Blvd), Buzzy’s (7617 NiagaraFalls Blvd.) and Sammy’s Pizzeria (1400 Hyde Park Blvd). Great chicken wings, pizza and beer.

Niagara Falls Canada

Niagara Falls Canada gives you the full view of both the American Falls and the Horseshoe Falls (the Canadian Falls), 2 casinos, not so great shopping and many more hotel & motels. The better side for falls views and other activities. There are 27 wineries within 20 minutes and several championship golf courses nearby. There always been this “vaudeville” feel to Niagara Falls with the walks, jumps and plunges that have taken place for almost 200 hundred years. In 2012, Nik Wallenda walked across a tightrope from the U.S. to Canadian side and an unidentified man became just the 3rd person to survive an unprotected trip over the falls.

Beyond looking at the Falls, there are a couple of great interactive Falls experiences. “Journey Behind the Falls” takes you down a 150 ft. elevator into a tunnel to 2 observation decks and portal behind the falls. The rushing water and roar of the falls is something else. The other more well known option is the “Maid of the Mist” boat tour. The boat takes you passed the base of the American Falls and into the basin of the Horseshoe Falls. A short walk from the Falls, Clifton Hill and area gives you amusement rides, takeout food and a lot of neon. The glory days of “the honeymoon capital of the world” are long gone but you can still find a motel with a heart shaped Jacuzzi tub.

Summary – Niagara Falls

At the end of the day, it all comes back to the wonder of the Falls. I never get tired of tried and true Niagara Falls. It’s the unofficial 8th wonder of the world. It’s well worth the visit any time of year. It’s easy to get to Niagara Falls. And it’s almost in my backyard.

Niagara Falls Canada at sunset



26 thoughts on “Tried and True Niagara Falls

  1. Elle November 23, 2020 / 7:10 am

    It’s so beautiful! I’d love to go here some day. x

      • Elle November 23, 2020 / 11:55 pm

        I surely do hope that. Haha Thanks! 🙂 x

  2. Michelle (Boomer Eco Crusader) November 23, 2020 / 5:21 pm

    Like you, I live within easy driving distance of Niagara Falls. I never get tired of it. It is breathtaking.

  3. aspoonfulofvanilla November 24, 2020 / 4:23 pm

    I would love to visit Niagra Falls one day! It looks utterly beautiful!

  4. Clarissa November 29, 2020 / 9:12 am

    This looks absolutely beautiful and I definitely need to make a visit whilst I am in Toronto. I had plans to go back to the States and see Canada this year but that didn’t go to plan haha

    • markstraveljournal November 29, 2020 / 5:37 pm

      Come on over, there will be a lot of travel in 2021. Thanks for the comments.

  5. Thecaskconnoisseur November 30, 2020 / 8:01 am

    The Niagra Falls in my mind is one of the most beautiful places in the world, I would love to go and visit, it just looks spectacular. The world certainly does have some amazing sites. 😁

    • markstraveljournal November 30, 2020 / 8:08 am

      It’s gorgeous for sure and well worth the visit. Thanks for the comments.

  6. Richie December 2, 2020 / 12:01 pm

    Hi Mark. Great write-up and beautiful photos. What’s odd, and something I didn’t realise until seeing your photos, is just how close the falls are to urban areas – I’d always imagined that they were out in the middle of nowhere!

    • markstraveljournal December 2, 2020 / 1:42 pm

      Thanks very much. Yes, Niagara Falls U.S.A. and Niagara Falls Canada are on opposite sides of Niagara River and the Falls. Both towns revolve around the falls.

  7. Amisha Acharya December 2, 2020 / 3:17 pm

    I have never been to niagara falls but my grandfather had visited, and as always the falls look so bewitching in pictures, which makes me wonder how captivating they will be when I go there in real life!

    • markstraveljournal December 2, 2020 / 4:42 pm

      Awe inspiring, hope you get there in the future. Thanks for the comments.

  8. Jaya Avendel December 2, 2020 / 5:08 pm

    How beautiful is this earth? There are so many places I want to see and go to and breathe in. That failing, I love the opportunity to travel through photographs and writing.
    Thank you for sharing this!

  9. brittshedhappens December 2, 2020 / 8:14 pm

    It is such a beautiful location any time of the year. We started attending the Ice Wine Festival in January and the falls are stunning in the middle of winter, surrounded by ice and snow. It’s the time of year that most people wouldn’t consider it as a go-to location, but I highly recommend doing a winter trip at least once!

    • markstraveljournal December 2, 2020 / 10:15 pm

      You are right, it’s great in winter too. Thanks for the comments.

  10. bournemouthgirl December 2, 2020 / 11:05 pm

    It looks so beautiful and what a beautiful part of the world. Nature and the world is full of amazing features. Thank you for sharing this. I would like to be able to see this in person one day.

  11. Vinn December 4, 2020 / 12:07 pm

    Thanks for sharing other attractions and what to do at Niagara falls. Even unofficial, definitely a wonder in this world. I’ve never been this part of the world.

    • markstraveljournal December 4, 2020 / 12:09 pm

      You should plan a trip there in the future. Amazing to visit in person!

  12. nortoncharity December 13, 2020 / 12:58 pm

    I would love to be able to visit Niagara Falls one day! It looks so beautiful!

    • markstraveljournal December 13, 2020 / 1:07 pm

      It’s very nice. I’m partial to the Canadian side…thanks for the comments.

  13. lynnmumbingmejia February 28, 2021 / 11:29 pm

    Amazing! I have yet to travel east coast but I definitely hope to do so soon. Niagara Falls both sides would be on my list! Thanks for sharing 🙂

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