Niagara Falls is one of seven natural wonders of the world. Each year, more than 22 million visitors come to gaze at the incredible beauty and immense power of the Falls. However, few of these people ever get a chance to see some of the most spectacular views of the river.
For more than 12,000 years the cliff that is Niagara Falls has slowly eroded away. In its wake, the Niagara river left behind a magnificent gorge. On both the U.S. and Canadian sides of the Falls, you’ll find more than 15 miles of amazing trails that take you right down to the water’s edge.
On the U.S. side, take the stairs down from Whirlpool State Park to reach the hiking trails. Along the trails, you’ll find dozens of large rock areas that you can walk down on to see the waters edge. If you pick the right one, you can get a breath-taking river level view of the class 6 rapids (no boats are allowed here) and a whirlpool that goes down to a depth of over 100ft! It’s a captivating site.
After your hike, you’ll probably want to relax, grab something to eat, and maybe enjoy some live music. Roughly 15 minutes up the road, you’ll find another well–kept secret: Lewiston, NY. Lewiston is a small, historic town located on the lower Niagara River. If you love live music, a good burger and gorgeous river views, be sure to check out Water Street Landing. Their huge deck is one of the best places near the Falls to hang out and relax. If you’re a smoked meat lover, don’t miss Brickyard Pub & BBQ. The Brickyard, as the locals refer to it, offers a delicious selection of BBQ and amazing sides. Lastly, if you’re visiting during the summer, Artpark has a great concert line-up, which includes really cheap shows on Tuesdays and Wednesdays!