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U.S. Travel Diaries - Our Memorable Trip to Niagara Falls

Well, writing about a trip to Niagara Falls isn't something unique. But it's somewhat satisfying on writing about it.  Niagara Falls is visited by many tourists every year and a good number of visitors post their experience on the web. Here is my write-up on our trip to Niagara Falls.

Most of the Indians in the U.S plan trips in Summer. Our trip to the Niagara Falls was in June end. Most of the people prefer driving long distances in the U.S or take a flight for time saving. But we wanted to experience the rail route, so booked tickets from Chicago, IL to Buffalo, NY in Amtrak train. It was a wonderful travel in the train.

On reaching Buffalo in the morning, we got the pick-up van from the hotel. So, reached comfortably to the hotel, completed the check-in formalities, refreshed ourselves and had the complimentary breakfast. Most of the hotels in the U.S offer pick-van facility from airport / station and give complimentary breakfast.

We took a cab to Niagara Falls State Park. From this place we have to walk up to the Falls. As the cab was approaching the State Park, I could see a mist of spray / clouds rising up from the gorge. Yes! that was the mist of clouds formed by the pouring down of waters into the gorge from great height. I was a bit thrilled as I was about to see one of the great Natural Wonders of the world.
On reaching the NF State Park, we went to the Visitor's Center and got basic information on Falls. There is Discovery Pass which includes entrance for Niagara Adventure Theater, Aquarium of Niagara, Cave of the Winds, Niagara Gorge Discovery Center and Maid of the Mist. Presently, there could be change in the attractions for Discovery Pass. This pass is available online as well. We didn't opt for Discovery Pass as we didn't want to see all the attractions.

And there the mammoth Fall into the deep gorge. On reaching the spot, I was excited on seeing the mammoth fall into the deep gorge with the view of buildings of Toronto, Canada as the backdrop. I felt amazed to view another country i.e Canada from the Falls region.
Initially, I was too excited on seeing Canada and the Niagara Falls, but later the long walks in the park made me tiresome. Of course, there are trolleys to move within the state park like the vintage-style Niagara Scenic Trolley in which tourists can hop-on and hop-off at the main attractions. After moving for a while and taking clicks at different spots, we were tired and went in search of Indian restaurants.

We came to know that there are good number of Indian restaurants in the Rainbow Blvd. So we walked all the way and reached one hotel which was open with very few or hardly a couple of customers. Being South Indian pure vegetarians, we ordered for meal which was average.

Those who are very much used to traditional Indian particularly South Indian veg food, need to compromise with the food available in the Indian hotels at Rainbow Blvd in Niagara Falls. It is better to carry home-made food which is healthy and satisfying too.

After fulfilling the tummy's desire, we came back to the NF State Park and spent some time at the Observation Tower, Prospect Point. From this point, you can have a good view of the Horse Shoe Falls, Bridal Veil falls, buildings on the Canadian side and the Rainbow Bridge that connects the U.S and Canada.
We saw the boat carrying tourist close to the Horse-Shoe Falls in a 30-minute scenic boat ride in the Maid of the Mist.
As it was the best time to visit Niagara Falls, we saw many Indians moving around, looking at one another with a slight smile on the face.

We bought tickets for the Maid of the Mist ride at the entrance. We were given blue ponchos i.e rain coat which we need to wear on our dress before entering into boat. Tourists need to wear these ponchos to protect themselves from being drenched when they get closer to Falls. I got too excited as I'll be having a thrilling experience of going close to the mighty Falls. We clicked few pics at the entrance and then stepped into the boat. The visitors were rushing to the best / comfortable place in the boat so that they can see the Falls closely and experience the thrill.

There was continuous commentary about the Falls while the boat moved closer and closer to the mighty Falls. And lo! at the closest point we couldn't see anything expect for the cloudy mist. The visitors were shouting with thrill as the water sprayed on them. Wow! that was an awesome and memorable experience. From this point the boat took a turn and took us closer to the Bridal Veil Falls. Here too the same screams with thrill. We were dropped back at the same point. From here we walked to a cafeteria and refreshed ourselves with a cup of coffee. We then decided to go to the Cave of the Winds which we gives much more thrilling experience to the tourists than the Maid of the Mist ride.

It was evening around 4.30. We took tickets at the entrance. On showing the tickets we were given yellow ponchos and a pair of sandals. After putting on the ponchos and sandals we walked all the way to the elevator and went inside. It took us down to almost 175 feet deep in the Niagara Gorge. From here we walked along the red color wooden railings and reached near Hurricane Deck. This is one of the most thrilling spots as visitors have Hurricane-type of experience here. Hence the word Hurricane Deck.
Evening is the best time to visit this place as you can see the beautiful rainbow formation on the Falls.
The way to Hurricane Deck was too slippery and watery. We walked cautiously and as we neared Hurricane Deck, there was roaring sound of the Falls. Many visitors were going close to the Falls on the Deck and having a thrilling experience of being caught in a Hurricane. I didn't dare to go to the closest point but had a look at the Falls from a distance. After viewing the mammoth fall of the Bridal Veil Falls we walked back to the elevator. We moved up in the elevator. By the time we reached the Observation Tower, it was around 8 p.m. We could still see the setting Sun. By around 9 p.m, there was sunset and it slowly got darker. The place was crowded with visitors to watch the Falls illuminated.
As the Sun set, I clicked few snaps of the illuminated visible Toronto, Canada from the American side.
There were screams and shouts as there was focus of colorful lights on the Falls. It looked awesome. It was already around 9:45 p.m, so we took a cab a got back to our room with full of memorable moments of the trip.

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