Located on the shores of Lake Erie, about 25 kms (16miles ) south-west of Buffalo, New York, Niagara Falls is among the most popular natural attractions in the U.S. It is known as one of the seven wonders of the universe. Because of its size (estimated at more than 8 miles long), tremendous depth (at more than three hundred feet), unique geology (vertical cliffs that drop hundreds of feet to the valley below), and abundant wildlife, it has become an international tourist destination attracting some two million visitors every year. Niagara Falls has even earned several honors and awards for its scenic beauty.
The first visitors to this massive tourist attraction were British Army officers who were using rubber slippers as camouflage while crossing the Niagara Falls in 18akura. These “rubber boots” gave the soldiers a better view of the falls than they would have had with glasses. After the war was over, American soldiers who camped nearby began to use the natural channels to fish and to prepare food. When electricity was installed in the area in the later years, people began to enjoy the hydrotherapy that could be enjoyed from both indoor and outdoor overlooks. Today, Niagara offers a wide range of attractions for anyone looking for an unusual vacation.
There are two main categories of visitors to Niagara Falls, those who want to enjoy the Falls and those who want to go on rafting trips. The first category includes people who are interested in seeing the actual Falls. On any given day, you can find rafting tours that will take you on half-day adventures that allow you to view the Falls either from below or from above. The best time to visit Niagara is between May and October when the rapids are at their greatest strength.
Rafting is one of the most memorable experiences you can have in all of the natural worlds. From the moment you stand on the platform of the upper Falls, you have whisked away into a world where time slows down dramatically, and where every sense is heightened. If you have never rafted before, you will likely be tempted to try to do this without the assistance of a guide. If you have never been on a raft trip, then it is recommended that you bring an expert.
There are also several hotels near the falls. These hotels provide everything you need to enjoy your stay, including access to the local shops and restaurants. One of the most popular areas to stay during your stay is Prospect Point, New York. This part of town features numerous restaurants and stores that are within walking distance of the main part of the falls. If you are staying in one of the hotels in the area, you will be close to everything you need, and it won’t take too long to get everything together.
Niagara is one of the most popular places in upstate New York to go hiking, mountain biking, and boating. If you are planning a hike, make sure that you do not plan on hiking alone. Hikers should consider taking a companion. Pack a picnic lunch, and pack some food for yourself, because you will likely find a wide range of dining locations nearby, as well as bathrooms.