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Niagara Falls sits on the border between the U.S. and Canada. It's really three stupendous waterfalls in one — the American and Bridal falls on the U.S. side, and the Horseshoe Falls on the Canadian side. The town on the U.S. side bordering the falls is called Niagara Falls, and is larger than the Canadian-side town called simply Niagara. Both are overflowing with souvenir shops and other tourist amenities, some serious and educational and others tacky.

But there are many worthwhile attractions. On the Cave of the Winds Tour at Niagara Falls State Park you'll be given a yellow slicker to walk the boardwalk and tunnel steps from ...

Niagara Falls sits on the border between the U.S. and Canada. It's really three stupendous waterfalls in one — the American and Bridal falls on the U.S. side, and the Horseshoe Falls on the Canadian side. The town on the U.S. side bordering the falls is called Niagara Falls, and is larger than the Canadian-side town called simply Niagara. Both are overflowing with souvenir shops and other tourist amenities, some serious and educational and others tacky.

But there are many worthwhile attractions. On the Cave of the Winds Tour at Niagara Falls State Park you'll be given a yellow slicker to walk the boardwalk and tunnel steps from the falls. You'll get soaked by the spray, hear the roar of the water up close, and love every minute of it. Bring a waterproof camera. Maid of the Mist is a popular 30-minute scenic boat tour that rides the pool beneath the falls and gets close enough to be rocked by its thunderous power. Niagara Adventure's 45-foot screen shows you 12,000 years of geology and history in just under one hour, and it's well done. Aquarium of Niagara is a real kid-pleaser with sea lions, piranhas, penguins and more. For a once-in-a-lifetime treat, take a helicopter tour.

Evelyn Kanter
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Evelyn Kanter is a contributor to Fodor's NYC and Fodor's Canada, editor of the Michelin Green Guide Switzerland, and author of Great Destinations: The Hudson Valley.

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Facts at a Glance

  • Location: The Niagara Falls are voluminous waterfalls on the Niagara River, straddling the international border between the Canadian province of Ontario and the U.S. state of New York. The falls are 17 miles (27 km) north-northwest of Buffalo, New York
  • Research: Wikipedia | Wikitravel
  • Weather: Rainfall | Daylight
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  • Best Time to Visit:

    Spring and fall are less crowded than summer. And while not all attractions and hotels are open year round, there is a dramatic appeal to the sight of a winter-frozen Niagara Falls.