Discover and Experience Niagara Falls USA
This past Memorial Day my girlfriend and I decided to escape Brooklyn for something a little different—Niagara Falls USA, to be exact. We recently started a bucket list of places and adventures we would like to experience and visit. So, my husband, my 3-year-old daughter, my girlfriend, her 4-year-old son, and I enjoyed 2 days of up close and personal experience exploring Niagara Falls USA. What can I say? We’re already scheming plans for our return, but this time to Niagara Falls, Canada! But until then, I’m taking you on a small tour of Niagara Falls USA, sharing our breathtaking experience.
Where We Stayed
There are a variety of places to stay in Niagara USA, from hotels to motels and bed and breakfasts; with most of the lodging nestled within walking distance of the falls. Our trip was so impromptu, that we didn’t book any hotel reservation until we got to Niagara Falls - something I wouldn’t suggest, especially during the holidays. We eventually got ourselves a traditional guest room with 2 Queen size beds at the Howard Johnson by the Falls, which is a 3 Key-Green Certified family-oriented accommodation. Our guest room came with all the standard amenities including: Free WIFI, coffee maker with complimentary coffee and tea, Pay Per-View Movies, hairdryer, iron/ironing board, alarm clock/radio, large in-room safe and complimentary movie channel. It was the best affordable choice that allowed us to be steps away from the falls. So close that our hotel view was the city of Niagara Falls, Ontario Canada.
Where We Ate
After checking in and freshening up, the first thing we set to do was find food. Right off the bat, while there are many dining option, you quickly notice that your dining experience will be based on the region you're exploring. The Falls region where we were, featured a lot of Indian cuisine. We found that the new Niagara American Grill, located within the Days Inn at the Falls, offered an extensive fresh home style meals, house specialties and classic favorites. Misty Dog Grill was another, which serves hot dogs, burger, sandwiches and more. We couldn’t get enough of their Buffalo-style chicken wings. However, I must note though affordable, if you’re in an hurry this may not be the place for you, as wings are made to order.
Niagara Falls Maid In America Tour
Though the kids after a long drive was ready for their normal bedtime, I had a chance to enjoy the spectacular display of illumination and fireworks over the Falls before finally turning in for the night. We were all up bright and early the following day, ready for our Niagara Falls adventures.
Initially we were going to try the suggested itineraries on the website, but last minute we opted for the Maid in America Gray Line Niagara Falls Bus Tour. And we’re glad we did! The Falls are one of the seven wonders of the world and the best way to explore their beauty and get up close to the spectacle, is with the premiere Niagara Falls Bus Tour. They created the perfect hands-on, up close and personal experience of Niagara Falls USA! We paid $99.95 per adult and the toddlers who are both 4-years and under were free. This was the most cost effective way to tour the falls, as it includes all the entry fees, and we didn’t have to worry about gas and tolls. You can book your tours online for a 10% discount or you can purchase your tour package upon check-in to your hotel, and get a discount on your accommodations. You can also opt for either the Canadian Rainbow or the Shared Wonder Tour (if you can’t choose between the Maid in America Tour or Canadian Rainbow Tour).
Exploring The Falls
Note, if you plan on visiting Niagara Falls and not take one of these tours, you’re defeating the purpose. And now a few quick tips! Even though they give you plastic ponchos to help keep you from getting soaked, be prepared to get wet! It’s best to wear shorts and if possible a waterproof case for your camera. When taking the Maid of The Mist Boat Trip into the Falls, you’ll want to be on the bottom deck at the extreme front.
For our comprehensive 4-hour tour, we were picked up and dropped off at our hotel. Our awesome tour guide Rita who have been doing tours for 14 years, took our group on a wonderful tour of the American side of the mighty Niagara. She even imparted her tips and tricks learned over the years to ensure we had the best experience ever.
Rita made the experience of the Niagara Falls even more enjoyable, by injecting her humor into the incredible stories and history. From hearing the thundering roar of the 600,000 gallons of water to the crashing waves, and seeing the breathtaking views… We plunged into the heart of one of North America’s most powerful waterfalls. This was the only way to experience one of the world’s most amazing natural wonder. Unfortunately, I was not able to capture and document the most incredible moments of literally being in the falls, but I do hope you enjoy the rest of the photos.
We started our exhilarating tour over at Goat Island - Cave of The Winds, where I couldn’t help stepping onto the Hurricane Deck to get devoured by the Falls. On our tour we enjoyed visiting the New York State Observation Tower, Upper Niagara River & Rapids, The Whirlpool State Park, Niagara Gorge and Whirlpool, Robert Moses Parkway, and best of all the Maid of The Mist Boat Trip. We had so much fun! And we couldn’t have asked for a better tour guide or a better group of people to share the experience with. Shout out to Terry, Dennis and the others in our tour group who really helped to make the tour one that we'll never forget!
If you’re up for a great heart wrenching adventure, you’ll want to add visiting Niagara Falls USA on your bucket list.