The American Falls at Night
One cannot fully appreciate Niagara Falls until they see it from both the United States and Canada. However, many people feel that they must choose a location to view it from, for many reasons.
These days, crossing a border, no matter what your intentions are, isn’t as easy as it once was. Though if you want to see Niagara Falls completely, crossing borders is required.
Passports and Borders
Luckily, if you are either American or Canadian, the two countries are on good terms with each other, and as long as there are no legal reasons as to why you cannot cross a border (such as a felony or a drug related misdemeanor), you shouldn’t have a problem getting to the other side.
If you’re not from the United States or Canada, getting across the borders is slightly more difficult. In either case, you will need a passport. In the United States, obtaining a passport can take up to six weeks, so make sure you plan for this when planning your vacation. Typically, if you have a passport, you won’t have a problem crossing the border.
However, because of increased security and the constant threat of terrorist attacks, you should expect to be delayed somewhat. Again, you should plan for this event.
Canada or America?
It’s a good idea to visit all of the places in Niagara Falls at one time, on each side. For example, if you are an American, you may want to see all that there is to see on the American side of Niagara Falls before crossing over into Canada. Once you’ve finished visiting the American side, cross over to the Canadian side and do and see all that there is to do there.
Typically, you may find that there is more to do and see on the Canadian side than the American side.
You might also consider one of the tours of Niagara Falls, which operate from both the Canadian side and the American side, but include sights on both sides in one tour. Again, tours are available from both sides of the border.
You can enjoy more and do more if you are aware of the available attractions & excursions before you arrive. For example, the Maid of the Mist tours, which are the oldest attractions in the Niagara Falls area, operate from both sides of the border.
Niagara’s American side (in the foreground)
On the Canadian side of Niagara Falls, you should check out Queen Victoria Park, Skylon Tower, The Horseshoe Falls, Minolta Tower, the Niagara River Recreational Trail, the Whirlpool Aero Car, the Journey Behind the Falls tour, the Niagara Fallsview Casino Resort, the Casino Niagara, the Fallsview Tourist Area and Clifton Hill. Many of the attractions on the American side are within or near the Niagara Falls State Park. These include Prospect Point Park and the Prospect Point Observation Tower, Goat Island, Cave of the Winds, Bridal Veil Falls, The American Falls (seen at Prospect Point Park), The Niagara Scenic Trolley, Flight of the Angels (helium balloon ride), helicopter tours and the Niagara Gorge Discovery Center.
Visit the American Side of Niagara Falls
Contact Niagara USA or give them a call at their US Toll Free Number 1-877-FALLS-US to learn more about the majestic beauty of the falls. Niagara USA offers tour guides, maps, expeditions, dining and hotel options and more to make your stay pleasurable and memorable. Don’t fret, you can also visit the Canadian side of the falls. Niagara USA will walk you through every step of the way.