What does it feel like to see more than 3,000 tonnes of water falling over the edge of a cliff in a single second? Plan a trip to Niagara Falls and discover this fantastic feat of nature for yourself. Technically comprising three linked waterfalls – the American Falls, Horseshoe Falls, and Bridal Veil Falls – Niagara bridges the American-Canadian border and connects Lake Erie and Lake Ontario. As one of the world’s great waterfalls, it’s just as spectacularly beautiful in person as you’d expect.
Don’t forget your poncho: a boat tour of the basin is one of the quintessential Niagara Falls experiences. Explore the basin of the falls, glimpse ephemeral rainbows as they form in the spray, listen to the heart-pounding roar of the water, and feel the cool mist on your cheeks when you get close to the rapids.
Beyond the falls themselves, there’s still more to see and do in the vicinity. Venture to Niagara Parks Botanical Gardens (and discover dozens of species of rainbow-hued butterflies in its Butterfly Conservatory); see the Niagara Parks Greenhouses; travel over the swirling, verdant surface of the water in the antique Whirlpool Cable Cars; and take in the other lovely sites that Niagara Falls State Park – the oldest state park in the country – has to offer.