“Slowly I Turn, Step by Step, Inch by Inch…”

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Anyone who grew up watching the Three Stooges will get the title of this post, if you don’t or have never seen this episode I’m referring to it is taken from a monologue that was pivotal to a scene regarding someone snapping at the top of Niagara Falls.  That is the the tone of this post but I think of it every time someone mentions Niagara Falls.  In July of 2011 my wife and I took a week long vacation and drove to the Falls and stayed on the Canadian side for three days, which I highly suggest doing if you have the time and money.  This so happened to be my third trip to this natural wonder and each time it has been it’s own unique visit.  The main strip goes right along the falls which is wondrous all in it’s own.  As your car is drenched by the mist it appears as if you just entered an isolated afternoon shower.  It kind of acts as the build up to what you’re about to witness and if you ride with the windows down the powerful running water is loud enough to drown out your car engine.  It is indeed a triumphant build up to a site that really just makes you take a moment and just comprehend the fact that us as humans are really one of the smallest insignificant beings on the planet.  There is so much life in nature that happens regardless of what we do in a day and it will continue to evolve long after our lives have passed on.  After visiting “The Falls” three times I still feel like I haven’t experienced it enough, below are my Top 5 “Must Do’s” if you plan a trip to Niagara Falls.

  1. You must stay on the Canadian side and get a hotel with a view so you can wake up every morning to the sight of the Horseshoe Falls, most hotels are within waking distance of the path along the falls and it makes for an awesome pairing along with your morning cup of coffee.
  2. Do yourself a favor and walk past the visitors center for the Horseshoe Falls and discover the shut down Niagara Power Plant that once powered the town as well as the botanical gardens that are across the street from it.  The Power Plant has no tour and the gardens are a minimal $5 charge for parking.  (the first three images in my slide show are outside the botanical gardens and around the power plant)
  3. Ride the Maid of the Mist and do it on the Canadian side because you get so close to the base of the Horseshoe Falls that you feel like you are in the ocean experiencing a typhoon…the force is so great that at times you have to hold on to the railing!
  4. Pay the money and do the “Journey Behind the Falls”, you literally get to walk through a tunnel that is cut into the cliff behind the falls…unbelievably surreal.
  5. Walk across the bridge to the American side of the Falls and do their “Cave of the Winds” tour, you basically get to stand at bottom of the falls and get smacked in the face by awesomeness! (the last two images in my slide show are from the walk way you get to explore during the tour)

If you have kids, take the trip…if you have a significant other, take the trip…bottom line, take the trip!  There is not much more that can be said in my opinion, this is a vacation that never disappoints.

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