Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Niagara Falls!

When my mom saw the map of Syracuse, she also saw the proximity of the university to Niagara Falls. She refused to skip over this national attraction, and immediately planned a side trip. After a three hour drive at 7 AM (and a quick nap for an hour at a rest stop), we arrived in the city of Niagara Falls, NY.
We arrived too early for check-in out our hotel. So we slipped into our rain boots, scarves, gloves, and of course, one of my many favorite hats. The weather here is nice, but there was some bitter winds, so we have to bundle up.

We skipped the tour. Why pay to be stuck behind a group of people with a tour guide that you can barely hear half the time, when you could take an adventure of the parks yourself? We wandered around the parks and falls, venturing to the observation deck, Horseshoe Falls, American Falls, and Goat Island.

Here’s some info on Niagara Falls thanks to Wikipedia. The Niagara Falls, located on the Niagara River draining Lake Eerie into Lake Ontario, is the collective name for the Horseshoe Falls and the adjacent American Falls along with the comparatively small Bridal Veil Falls, which combined form the highest flow rate of any waterfall in the world and has a vertical drop of more than 165 feet (50 m). Horseshoe Falls is the most powerful waterfall (vertical height along with flow rate) in North America. Niagara Falls forms the international border between the Canadian province of Ontario and the U.S. state of New York.

This place was pretty gorgeous, and is a nice park to just hang out in.

We found a local pizza joint and had pizza for dinner and New York cheesecake for dessert.

Tomorrow we head to Boston, Massachusetts!