American (Niagara) Falls, New York

American Falls (New York side) in July 2006

I don’t really have to say a whole lot about Niagara Falls, of which American Falls is one of three falls that are collectively called Niagara Falls. When we visited around the Fourth of July, this place was crazy busy, but I’m guessing that it’s busy most of the summer months.

American Falls and Horseshoe Falls are the two pieces that stand out the most, at least compared to the much smaller Bridalveil Falls. I believe they’re all the same height though. Some people don’t care for these waterfalls as they’ve been commercialized too much. There are so many different ways to enjoy the falls, but many of them are surprisingly expensive.
While the commercialization might not be attractive, the beauty of the falls is undeniable. As I’ve said before, I also like to see how humans have built and interacted with wateralls, and American Falls is a perfect example of this. If you notice in the picture, they’ve built a boardwalk that juts out over the river, allowing for a better view of the falls. I think it’s architecturally very appealing and adds an interesting layer of beauty to the falls. I think you have to pay to even go out on the boardwalk, though…

Visit in 2015:  In July 2015, I had the chance to visit Niagara Falls again, this time from the Canadian side. I generally agree with others that the views are better from the Canadian side, though I will admit the Canadian side seems FAR more commercialized. Even then, I still got beautiful views from along the ledge, at night when the falls are lit up, and via the boat tour. The boat tour that goes near the falls is pretty awesome! 🙂

Directions:
There are probably only a gazillion ways to get to the falls, so I am going to include this link that provides directions to the falls from multiple different directions.

If you want to view the falls from the Canadian side, and you are American, don’t forget that as of 2009, you need a passport, passport card, or an enhanced driver’s license.

Accessibility: 10/10 (easy)
Length of Hike: Depends on where you start!
Height: 70-110′ (to rock pile), 188′ to river

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View of the American and Bridalveil Falls from the boat (July 2015)

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American and Bridalveil Falls lit at night (July 2015)

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View from the Canadian side (July 2015)

Where in the World is American Falls?

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Horseshoe (Niagara) Falls, New York/Ontario

Horseshoe Falls is rather complicated. It’s shared between New York and Ontario, and can be better seen on the Canadian side. We viewed the falls from the American side, which I think leads to a more impeded view. If you want an even better viewpoint of the falls, you could try the Lady of the Mist boat, though that definitely costs a considerable amount. You’ll definitely be experiencing the falls, though!

Horseshoe Falls is beautiful, but it suffers from man-made effects. Because of the dam that cut off half of the falls, this leads to a very misty effect around the falls, making it rather difficult to see the falls from afar. Your view is blocked by a whole bunch of small, tiny water droplets conspiring to lessen the attraction. Oh well, it’s still amazing the amount of water flowing over the falls.

July 2015 Update: I had the chance to view the falls from the Canadian side, and I believe that there are honestly better views to be had on this side (for American Falls and Bridalveil Falls also). It’s just positioned better to see all three falls. I have to say visiting both sides is interesting because you get such different vantage points. I also had the chance to take a falls cruise, and this added another view to the falls. One thing about the Ontario side: it’s extremely commercialized…

Directions:
There are probably only a gazillion ways to get to the falls, so I am going to include this link that provides directions to the falls from multiple different directions.

If you want to view the falls from the Canadian side, and you are American, don’t forget that as of 2009, you need a passport, passport card, or an enhanced driver’s license.

Accessibility: 10/10 (easy)
Height: 167′
Length of Hike: varies depending on location

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Horseshoe Falls in July 2006 (from the American side)

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Horseshoe Falls from the Canadian side in July 2015

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Horseshoe Falls lit at night (July 2015)

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Approaching Horseshoe Falls on a cruise (July 2015)

Where in the Word is Horseshoe Falls?

Bridalveil (Niagara) Falls, New York

I’m going to talk individually about each of three falls that are collectively known as Niagara Falls: Horeshoe Falls, Bridalveil Falls, and American Falls. Horseshoe and American Falls are both found on the American side, though they may actually be better viewed from the Canadian side in Ontario.

Bridalveil Falls is the smallest of the falls, at least in terms of width. It’s about the same height as the other falls. The crest of the falls might only be about 10′ or so. Viewing from the American side, as I did, you can view the platform down below. You might also be able to better view the falls from that platform, though when we went there, it was something like $35 per person to go down to the platform. While Niagara Falls is extremely beautiful, it is also extremely commercialized.

Directions:
There are probably only a gazillion ways to get to the falls, so I am going to include this link that provides directions to the falls from multiple different directions.

If you want to view the falls from the Canadian side, and you are American, don’t forget that as of 2009, you need a passport, passport card, or an enhanced driver’s license.

Visit in July 2015: In July 2015, I had the chance to view the falls from the Canadian side, which in many ways is the better viewpoint. Bridalveil Falls tends to disappear when placed next to the other two falls, though.

Accessibility: 10/10 (easy)
Length of Hike: Depends on where you are…
Height: 181′

Bridalveil Falls in July 2006

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View from Canadian side

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View at night

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View from a cruise

Where in the World is Bridalveil Falls?