Don’t be surprised if you get misty at this All-American landmark.
From the first written descriptions of this national icon early in the 17th century up to the present day, Niagara Falls has never failed to capture the imagination of sightseers who consider a trip to this natural wonder an absolute necessity. If you have never seen Niagara New York for yourself, it should be at the top of your bucket list. When you visit Niagara, make a great vacation of it with a stay at one of the premium Ellicott Hotels in Buffalo, New York.
Highlights of Niagara New York History
Between 4 and 6 million cubic feet of water flow over the falls every minute, more volume than in any other falls on the planet. Formed approximately 10,000 years ago along with the nearby Great Lakes and the Niagara River, this breathtaking geological feature is the result of a continental ice sheet’s migration through the area during one of earth’s ice ages.
While accounts vary as to the origin of the name, most agree “Niagara” derives from the Iroquois language. Niagara is actually a group of three separate water features: Horseshoe Falls, American Falls and Bridal Veil Falls. Two bridges connect Niagara New York to its sister city just across the border in Canada: the Rainbow Bridge, completed in 1941, and the Whirlpool Rapids span, a steel archway structure dating to the end of the 19th century.
Best Ways to See Niagara
One way to get the full experience when you visit Niagara Falls is taking a 30-minute Maid of the Mist boat tour, which brings you to the base of American Falls and into the Horseshoe Falls basin. You can suit up with waterproof rain gear on board.
If you’d rather visit Niagara on foot, take the Cave of the Winds tour where you will ride the down elevator 150 feet, winding up on the Hurricane Deck just steps from Bridal Veil Falls. Prepare to get wet from some serious spray despite the poncho included with the tour.
Another memorable way to visit Niagara Falls is from some of the many vantage points provided by Niagara Falls State Park, the oldest such park in the nation. During daylight hours, you can take a trolley tour, a self-guided walk, or a cycling tour. Be sure to plan a viewing after dark when the falls are lit up and mesmerizing.
Enjoy Your Stay in a Buffalo Hotel
With the city less than 30 minutes away, you can easily visit Niagara as often as you wish while enjoying lodging, dining, shopping and cultural activities in Buffalo New York. Ellicott Hotels offer several options in quality accommodations around the region. Come see us today! To get started, visit our website to find out more about visiting Buffalo during your Niagara vacation.