• What to do around Niagara Falls

    2013-02-23

    Niagara Falls has long been one of the most popular destinations in North America, and there's good reason why it is a staple of Canada travel. It's hard to appreciate how truly awe-inspiring the enormous falls are until you have experienced them in person. The surrounding area is also home to a large number of attractive tourist spots, and there are a few places in particular that you should make a point to visit, according to ABC News.

    Niagara-on-the-Lake
    Nicknamed The Loveliest Town in Canada, Niagara-on-the-Lake certainly lives up to its reputation. Located about 15 minutes from the falls themselves, this quaint town is the perfect way to begin, or end, your journey to Niagara Falls. You're unlikely to find a town anywhere else that is replete with as much charm and welcoming atmosphere than this one. With a population of only 15,000, it eschews the hustle and bustle of larger tourist destinations and is home to many historic buildings, including the famous Fort George and Butler's Barracks, both of which played integral roles during the 18th and 19th centuries. Not only that, but the town also offers ample opportunities for dining and shopping. 

    Take to the skies 
    There are a variety of ways to experience the grandeur of Niagara Falls. You can take it in from afar, you can get an up-close look on the water or you can hop in a helicopter. According to ABC News, taking advantages of one of the several helicopter companies that offers tours may be your best bet. Aside from providing you with a unique perspective of the popular attraction, you can avoid the considerable splash you'd encounter on the water.

    Experience both sides
    What's unique about Niagara Falls is that it lands squarely between the United States and Canada, which provides you the perfect opportunity to hit some of the popular destinations on each side of the border. Niagara-on-the-Lake already has you covered when it comes to the Canadian side, and if you're looking for a place on the U.S. side, the town of Youngstown, New York, is ideal.

    Youngstown is home to one of the most historic buildings in the region, Old Fort Niagara. Aside from having a history that spans centuries, the popular attraction currently contains many compelling military artifacts from the 18th and 19th centuries. 

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