Niagara Falls is, in case you haven’t heard, a really big waterfall on the border of the United States and Canada. Actually, it’s made up of a few waterfalls, including the American Falls, the Bridal Falls, and the Horseshoe Falls. Visitors come from all over the world – including America and Canada – to get a gander at the natural wonder. When I announced my own upcoming visit on Twitter recently, I was immediately told by several people to make sure I had my passport so I could visit the Canadian side and get up close to the horseshoe falls by boat.
Unfortunately, I didn’t have a passport with me at the time (it was, ironically, waiting for me in Pittsburgh.) Did my lack of passport interfere with my visit? Do you need a passport to visit Niagara Falls?
The falls actually flow from the American side (so ha!), which means you get a different – and arguably better – view from across the way on the Canadian side. But! The American side offers an observation deck that lets you get out away from the falls for great photos.
And what about that boat?
The Maid of the Mist takes you to the foot of the horseshoe falls and leaves from Niagara Falls, New York. No passport required.
The one advantage of the Canadian side? Their “behind the falls” tour is still open, while the American path behind the bridal falls was closed to due to a cave collapse almost a century ago.
Have you been to the falls? Which side do you prefer?