Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Epic Fall Road Trip - Part IV: Niagara Falls

Thursday, October 27th:

We woke up early because we had a LONG drive a head of us today. We drove from St. Ignace, Michigan, through Cleveland, Ohio, all the way to Niagara Falls, New York. The day started out a little cold, we had to drive through SNOW, and it rained all morning; but we had Harry Potter and fudge to keep our spirits up!



After almost 12 hours we finally made it to our hotel in Niagara Falls. We dropped the bags off in the room, jumped on Trip Advisor, and found a highly ranked Gastropub which was just a few minutes down the road.

[Since we were so close to Canada I had to get some poutine!]

[Josh was very happy with his chicken and waffle sandwich]

Friday, October 28th:

We got up early the next morning and walked to the Niagara Falls Visitor Center where we bought tickets for the Observation Tower and the Maid of the Mist. 


We left the Visitor Center and headed straight for the Observation Tower. I kid you not, you can hear the the Falls WAY before you can see them and the whole city is covered in mist! It's wild! At the Observation Tower we got our first view of Niagara Falls!

[American Falls is close to us and Horseshoe Falls is in the background]


[Rainbow Bridge - Connecting the United States and Canada]




[The Crows Nest]


[Maid of the Mist boats]

When we first arrived it was a little cold and there were a lot of clouds, but we decided to brave it and board the Maid of Mist anyways!



First, we cruised by the American Falls:






Then we continued on to Horseshoe Falls! The Falls are HUGE and there is so much WATER! 




  



We had so much fun on the boat and by the time our short cruise ended the sun was out!



After the cruise we headed back up to the Observation Tower and then over to Prospect Point to take more pictures of America Falls.






We then walked across a bridge to Goat Island. With the sun coming out you can really see all the Fall colors!










We walked along Goat Island to Luna Island, which sits right on top of the American Falls.









I drug myself away from the mist and the beautiful double rainbow so we could go to Terrapin Point, which is right above Horseshoe Falls.





[Horseshoe Falls with the Canadian Niagara Falls Visitor Center]

After Terrapin Point we decided to walk all the way to Canada to visit their Visitor Center. 

We walked across the Rainbow Bridge, went through immigration, and got some lunch at the Hard Rock Cafe!




  

After a delicious lunch we continued our walk up the Canadian Walkway towards the Visitor Center.

[American Falls]


    
[Horseshoe Falls]
  
[PANO! Rainbow Bridge, Observation Tower, American Falls, Goat Island, and Horseshoe Falls]
   
[Horseshoe Falls - look at all the mist!]

    

  
  







After taking a ton of pictures of Horseshoe Falls we went into the Visitor Center and got some Tim Hortons! When in Rome, right?!



[After being in the car for the last two days it was nice to get out and WALK!]

After exploring the Falls we walked back to our hotel, got ready, went out for a nice dinner at Wine on 3rd, and then came back to the hotel and watched the Cubs game.

The Niagara Falls area is simply amazing! I would highly recommend seeing the Falls from both the United States and Canadian sides. Personally, I think the Canadian side is better because you can see both Falls really well!