- By Kevin
- On Mar 23, 2017
- North America
- Travel Tips
Do you hear about the most magnificent falls in the world? That is the Niagara Falls! Situated between the state of New York and the province of Ontario, Niagara Falls is one of the most spectacular natural wonders on the North American continent.
After reading the following introduction of Niagara Falls, you will be excited to join a bus tour to enjoy its beauty!
The falls are on the Niagara River, which flows between the United States and Canada from Lake Erie to Lake Ontario. The falls are about 17 miles (27 kilometers) northwest of Buffalo, New York. The industrial city and tourist center of Niagara Falls, New York, is adjacent to the American side of the falls. Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada, is across the river.
The falls are divided into two parts by Goat Island. The larger portion, on the southwest side, is the Canadian falls, known as the Horseshoe Falls. It measures 2,600 feet (790 meters) along its curve and drops 162 feet (49.4 meters). The smaller American falls is northeast of Goat Island. It is 1,000 feet (305 meters) across and drops about 167 feet (51 meters). Between the American falls and Goat Island are the small Luna Island and the small Luna, or Bridal Veil, Falls.
Just before flowing over the ledge, the American stream is only about 3 1/2 feet (1 meter) deep. The Canadian stream is about 20 feet (6 meters) deep and carries some 95 percent of the Niagara River's water.
Every minute about 12,000,000 cubic feet (340,000 cubic meters), or 379,000 tons, of water pours in torrents over the cliffs of the falls of Niagara. As the water plunges from the brink of the falls, it fills the air with a silvery mist, which under the sunlight displays many rainbows. The plunging water also sends out a never-ending roar as it strikes the bottom. For this reason the Iroquois Indians called the cataract Niagara, meaning “thunder of waters.”
The plunging water has worn the lower rocks away so that there are caves behind the sheets of water of both falls. Sightseers may enter the Cave of the Winds at the foot of the American falls and get an unusual view. The Canadian falls has carved a plunge basin 192 feet (59 meters) deep.
Both the United States and Canadian governments have built parks, viewing platforms, paths, and highways. The Niagara Reservation State Park was established in 1885 and is New York's oldest state park. It includes an observation tower, elevators that descend into the gorge at the base of the American falls, and boat trips into the waters at the base of the Horseshoe Falls.
The park area has long been a tourist site and a favorite spot for couples to spend their honeymoons. At night colored lights illuminate the falls.
You can choose to join Niagara falls bus tours to sightsee the beautiful and mighty Niagara Falls either in US side or in Canada side, even both.
Joining the bus tours to Niagara Falls, you can save your money and energy to spend more time enjoying the Niagara Falls. Not only watching it, but also you can take a cruise (Maid of Mist in US Side or Horn Blower Cruise in Canada Side) to take a close look at the breathtaking falls. Niagara Falls always open arms to welcome all visitors. When the cruise only slightly comes near the waterfall, the storm water will blow to your face. At that time, all the passengers will cheer up with screaming.
In US side, you can also have a wonderful night for the Niagara Falls Illumination and Thundering Cultural Show. For more than 75 years, visitors to Niagara Falls have been able to enjoy a nighttime illumination of the impressive American and Horseshoe falls. Every night, at dusk, visitors can experience the falls lit in the colors of the rainbow. In addition, Niagara, like many impressive wonders of nature, is a sacred place for the local Native American people. This show uses dance as a storytelling medium through which to showcase the impact that the falls have had on native culture.
If you want, you can continue a Niagara Falls In-depth Tour for visiting Whirlpool State Park and Old Fort Niagara. Of course, Niagara Falls bus tour is not only based on the falls in US side, and you can choose more combinations, such as both sides or including Corning Museum of Glass.
Highly recommend you to join a bus tour not travel by yourselves! Some people may consider joining a tour as unfree trip, but actually, it will be a fantastic trip with different people to watch the Niagara Falls with less money and more time!
No matter Niagara Falls in US side or Canada side, hope you could join a Niagara Falls bus tour to sightsee its breathtaking beauty!