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Niagara Falls

Niagara FallsWhy Niagara Falls is special
It is one of the mightiest falls on earth. Although Niagara Falls is smaller and less breathtaking than Iguazu Falls in South America and Victoria Falls in Africa, it is awe-inspiring in its own right.

The time of the year makes a big difference in what you'll experience Best sightseeing times of day
During the peak summer period
Avoid long lines by scheduling your visits to the popular attractions in the morning (before 10:30 a.m.) or late afternoon (after 4:00 p.m.). And, if possible, avoid weekends.

Five don't miss attractions of Niagara Falls
There is no shortage of organized Niagara Falls tourist attractions. Many are not worth the time or money. Most visitors will appreciate these attractions:

Note: I did not include the Cavern in the Wind tour because the somewhat similar Journey Behind the Falls tour is much more interesting.
Best side for hotels
Book a hotel on the Canadian side
It offers better views of the falls. And the overall ambiance is not as garish.

More tips and insights
Niagara Falls is famous as a honeymoon destination for amorous Americans and canoodling Canadians.

Less majestic than before
Niagara Falls was once grander. Since the middle of the last century, about half of the upstream Niagara River water is diverted for use by two hydroelectric plants. That water bypasses Niagara Falls by being channeled underground directly into the Niagara River downstream of Niagara Falls.

Niagara Falls is the collective name of three separate falls
Niagara Falls is renowned for daredevil exploits. Over the past 100 years, 15 people have gone over the falls for fame or fortune in or on a device like a barrel, kayak or ski jet. Scorecard: 10 survived, 5 died.

In 2013, Nik Wallenda tightroped successfully across Niagara Falls without a safety harness. He is a seventh-generation member of the famous daredevil Wallenda family circus troupe.

Lucky kid
In 1960, a seven-year-old boy accidentally went over the falls. Happily, he lived.

Location on America/Canada border
Niagara Falls Map
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