Without a doubt, these have to be the most well known falls in North America. While not the tallest waterfalls (at approx 170 feet, they aren't even close), they are the widest (nearly 3700 feet) and have the highest rate of flow (750,000 gallons per second). Sitting on the border between New York state and Ontario, Canada, the falls are divided into two primary sections. The Canadian Horseshoe Falls are by far larger and more magnificent than the American falls. While the view of both sets of falls is best from the Canadian side of the river, the American side allows access to Goat Island, which forks the Niagara river and separates the two sets of falls, providing a wonderful, close up perspective.
Niagara Falls is one of the most popular summer honeymoon locations. However, my honeymoon took place in the winter, so I got to see a view of the falls quite different than most people. The falls send a giant plume of mist high in the air and can be seen from miles away. On cold winter mornings, this mist can freeze, forming a layer of ice on anything and everything for block after block (probably extending over 1/2 mile away from the falls). Near the falls, this ice forms several inches thick on top of traffic lights and street signs. It's really quite an amazing sight. Just remember to dress warmly...there's nothing like standing in an icy mist with temperatures below freezing.
Canadian Falls seen from our hotel room...
...and again from Goat Island
American Falls seen from Canadian side...
...and again from the American side
Shallow edge of the Niagara River from Goat Island
View from Goat Island
Rainbow Bridge connecting US and Canada
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