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A Photo Gallery of the Beauty Niagara Falls Has to Offer

 Niagara Falls is a stunning stretch of clashing and colliding land and water, lying on the border of the US and Canada. Shared by the state of New York and the Province of Ontario, this gorgeous natural wonder is arguably one of the most well-known tourist destinations in North America. Niagara Falls is made up of 3 large waterfalls that generate hydroelectric power, and also give us an unbeatable background for any traveler's photo album. 

With over 28 million tourists every year making their way to these powerful waterfalls, we know it can't just be a clean source of energy and a good view. The Falls are much more than that, with numerous activities offered from zip lining to cave explorations. Any journey to these roaring droves of water encapsulates a massive area beyond the Niagara Gorge and through the neighboring lakes and cities. Let's take a look at some of the sights you'll see on this journey, starting with the three formidable but stunning waterfalls. 

1. Horseshoe Falls, in Niagara Falls, Ontario 

Sights, trails, cruises, activities, natural wonders and fun family events found at Niagara Falls between New York, United States and Ontario, Canada, Horseshoe Falls, in Niagara Falls, Ontario

(By Thomaswm, Wikimedia Commons)  

2. Horseshoe Falls at night

Sights, trails, cruises, activities, natural wonders and fun family events found at Niagara Falls between New York, United States and Ontario, Canada, Horseshoe Falls at night

(By Dsdugan, Wikimedia Commons)  

3. American Falls, in Niagara Falls, New York 

Sights, trails, cruises, activities, natural wonders and fun family events found at Niagara Falls between New York, United States and Ontario, Canada, American Falls, in Niagara Falls, New York

(By Sixlocal, Wikimedia Commons)  

4. American Falls at night

Sights, trails, cruises, activities, natural wonders and fun family events found at Niagara Falls between New York, United States and Ontario, Canada, American Falls at night

(By Dsdugan, Wikimedia Commons)  

5. Bridal Veil Falls, in Niagara Falls, New York, With Luna Island on the left

Sights, trails, cruises, activities, natural wonders and fun family events found at Niagara Falls between New York, United States and Ontario, Canada, Bridal Veil Falls, in Niagara Falls, New York, With Luna Island on the left

(By Bob Linsdell, Wikimedia Commons)  

6. Bridal Veil Falls at night (with the larger American Falls on the left)

Sights, trails, cruises, activities, natural wonders and fun family events found at Niagara Falls between New York, United States and Ontario, Canada, Bridal Veil Falls at night (with the larger American Falls on the left)

(Wikimedia Commons)  

Horseshoe Falls, the largest of the three, lies on the US-Canada border, mostly in Ontario. The smaller two falls as well as Goat Island and Luna Island, which separate the falls, are situated in New York. Cruise boats are operated on either side of the Niagara Gorge. The best-known tourist attraction of the Falls, the Maid of the Mist cruise is operated from the American side, while its counterpart Hornblower Cruises is available in Ontario. These cruises take you right under the falls, and many also offer tours through the islands and their attractions. 

7. The Maid of the Mist VI, in Niagara Falls, New York 

Sights, trails, cruises, activities, natural wonders and fun family events found at Niagara Falls between New York, United States and Ontario, Canada, The Maid of the Mist VI, in Niagara Falls, New York

(By Saffron Blaze, Wikimedia Commons)  

8. The view of American Falls from the Maid of the Mist

Sights, trails, cruises, activities, natural wonders and fun family events found at Niagara Falls between New York, United States and Ontario, Canada, The view of American Falls from the Maid of the Mist

(By Billy Hathorn, Wikimedia Commons)  

9. Hornblower Cruises, in Niagara Falls, Ontario 

Sights, trails, cruises, activities, natural wonders and fun family events found at Niagara Falls between New York, United States and Ontario, Canada, Hornblower Cruises, in Niagara Falls, Ontario

(Pixabay)  

10. An aerial view of Goat Island beside Horseshoe Falls 

Sights, trails, cruises, activities, natural wonders and fun family events found at Niagara Falls between New York, United States and Ontario, Canada, An aerial view of Goat Island beside Horseshoe Falls

(Flickr)

11. Terrapin Point, on Goat Island

Sights, trails, cruises, activities, natural wonders and fun family events found at Niagara Falls between New York, United States and Ontario, Canada, Terrapin Point, on Goat Island

(Flickr)  

In case you're saving the cruise for later in your trip, both sides also offer incredible views of the falls accessible by foot. In New York, the American Falls can be seen from the Prospect Point Observation Tower in Prospect Point Park, which is also where the Maid of the Mist is docked so you can book your cruise while you take in the prologue for it. There is even a walking path in the park that takes you through the best parts of the Niagara Falls State Park. 

12. Pedestrian bridge to Green Island over Niagara River near the American Falls 

Sights, trails, cruises, activities, natural wonders and fun family events found at Niagara Falls between New York, United States and Ontario, Canada, Pedestrian bridge to Green Island over Niagara River near the American Falls

(By Lucas Cobb, Wikimedia Commons)  

13. Lovely walking paths on the tiny Luna Island 

Sights, trails, cruises, activities, natural wonders and fun family events found at Niagara Falls between New York, United States and Ontario, Canada, Lovely walking paths on the tiny Luna Island

(Flickr)  

14. Niagara Falls State Park, the oldest state park in the US

Sights, trails, cruises, activities, natural wonders and fun family events found at Niagara Falls between New York, United States and Ontario, Canada, Niagara Falls State Park, the oldest state park in the US

(Flickr)  

15. Cave of the Winds Tour 

Sights, trails, cruises, activities, natural wonders and fun family events found at Niagara Falls between New York, United States and Ontario, Canada, Cave of the Winds Tour

(By Steggall, Wikimedia Commons)  

16. Prospect Point Observation Tower 

Sights, trails, cruises, activities, natural wonders and fun family events found at Niagara Falls between New York, United States and Ontario, Canada, Prospect Point Observation Tower

(By 林高志, Wikimedia Commons)  

Moving across the border, we can approach the Falls through Queen Victoria Park, which offers paths through observation rooms that give you a dreamlike view of the two larger falls. For the avid hiker and history buff, the Niagara River Recreational Trail is a must-try 35-mile adventure, peppered historical treasures, and towns like Fort George and Fort Erie. Of course, the cream of the crop is the Skylon towers, the highest vantage point any traveler can get of the falls. 

17. Goldstream Provincial Park, Vancouver Island, Niagara Falls 

Sights, trails, cruises, activities, natural wonders and fun family events found at Niagara Falls between New York, United States and Ontario, Canada, Goldstream Provincial Park, Vancouver Island, Niagara Falls

(By Michal Klajban, Wikimedia Commons)  

18. A view of the American Falls from Queen Victoria Park

Sights, trails, cruises, activities, natural wonders and fun family events found at Niagara Falls between New York, United States and Ontario, Canada, A view of the American Falls from Queen Victoria Park

(Flickr)  

19. An aerial view of Skylon Tower 

Sights, trails, cruises, activities, natural wonders and fun family events found at Niagara Falls between New York, United States and Ontario, Canada, An aerial view of Skylon Tower

(By BradReeseCom, Wikimedia Commons)  

20. Fort George National Historic Site, in Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario 

Sights, trails, cruises, activities, natural wonders and fun family events found at Niagara Falls between New York, United States and Ontario, Canada, Fort George National Historic Site, in Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario

(By Ken Smith, Wikimedia Commons)  

21. Whirlpool Aero Car

Sights, trails, cruises, activities, natural wonders and fun family events found at Niagara Falls between New York, United States and Ontario, Canada, Whirlpool Aero Car

(By Ad Meskens, Wikimedia Commons)  

Sights, trails, cruises, activities, natural wonders and fun family events found at Niagara Falls between New York, United States and Ontario, Canada, Whirlpool Aero Car

(Flickr)  

The gorge is located between the twin cities of Niagara Falls, New York, and Niagara Falls, Ontario, which is where Niagara Falls State Park and Queen Victoria State Park are located respectively. These two cities offer their own wide array of fun activities for visitors to Niagara Falls. Ontario offers you a ride on the Whirlpool Aero Car and a fun day at Clifton Hill, a collection of eateries and entertaining activities like mini-golf and museums. New York offers the best cruises that take you under the falls, through the islands, and to the mysterious Cave of Winds.

22. A walking path in Niagara Falls State Park 

Sights, trails, cruises, activities, natural wonders and fun family events found at Niagara Falls between New York, United States and Ontario, Canada, A walking path in Niagara Falls State Park 

(Flickr)  

23. A rainbow hovers over the Cave of the Winds Tour

Sights, trails, cruises, activities, natural wonders and fun family events found at Niagara Falls between New York, United States and Ontario, Canada, A rainbow hovers over the Cave of the Winds Tour

(Flickr)  

24. The Rainbow Bridge, the third segment of the Niagara Falls Bridge between both countries

Sights, trails, cruises, activities, natural wonders and fun family events found at Niagara Falls between New York, United States and Ontario, Canada, The Rainbow Bridge, the third segment of the Niagara Falls Bridge between both countries

(By David Dugan, Wikimedia Commons)   

25. The Rainbow Bridge as seen from Goat Island

Sights, trails, cruises, activities, natural wonders and fun family events found at Niagara Falls between New York, United States and Ontario, Canada, The Rainbow Bridge as seen from Goat Island

(By Sreejithk2000, Wikimedia Commons)  

26. The Peace Bridge, an international bridge over Niagara River

Sights, trails, cruises, activities, natural wonders and fun family events found at Niagara Falls between New York, United States and Ontario, Canada, The Peace Bridge, an international bridge over Niagara River

(By Óðinn, Wikimedia Commons)  

Depending on the sights you want to see (and how wet you're willing to get), Niagara Falls serves up a platter of nature, beauty, and real family fun. It can even get the creative juices flowing and inspire panoramic works of art like these. 

27. A General View of the Falls of Niagara by Alvan Fisher, 1820 

Sights, trails, cruises, activities, natural wonders and fun family events found at Niagara Falls between New York, United States and Ontario, Canada, A General View of the Falls of Niagara by Alvan Fisher, 1820

(By Alvan Fisher, Wikimedia Commons)  

28. Distant View of Niagara Falls by Thomas Cole, 1830

Sights, trails, cruises, activities, natural wonders and fun family events found at Niagara Falls between New York, United States and Ontario, Canada, Distant View of Niagara Falls by Thomas Cole, 1830 

(By Thomas Cole, Wikimedia Commons)  

Niagara Falls is currently being reopened in phases to maintain safety protocols during the COVID-19 pandemic. If you're planning to make the trip, make sure to reach out to Niagara Falls USA and Niagara Falls Canada to determine the precautions and procedures in place for visiting so you can enjoy your travels with absolute safety! 

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