For a spectacular demonstration of the sheer force and power of nature, few places can beat the breath-taking Niagara Falls. These expansive, curved waterfalls, topped with misty spray and tumbling into churning rapids below, have been captivating visitors for centuries with their never-ending cascade of water.
Niagara Falls in its entirety comprises three waterfalls which straddle the Canada-US border. The largest, Horseshoe Falls, is located on the Canadian side, while the American and Bridal Veil Falls are in the US. Some of the best views of both the Horseshoe and American Falls are from the city of Niagara Falls in Ontario, Canada – making the city an enormously popular honeymoon spot, as well as an exciting destination for travellers of all ages.
Book a hotel overlooking Niagara Falls, and you can wake each morning to this awe-inspiring spectacle of nature. Want to get closer? Aside from viewing the falls from several viewpoints, you can take a boat trip to its base, a helicopter tour above, or even stroll through tunnels that take you behind the waterfall's thundering roar. Take a jet boat through the rapids, or hang suspended from a cable car over the whirlpool below.
At night, you can see the falls illuminated from Queen Victoria Park, as well as firework displays in the summer. Nearby, at the Niagara IMAX Theatre, you can watch thrilling films about the falls, or check out the Daredevil Exhibit – filled with barrels and other objects used by those who took the plunge over the falls.
There's plenty to do during the rest of the day, as well – this is a city properly geared up to entertain visitors. Admire the views from Skylon Tower or Niagara Skywheel, and explore the amusements at Clifton Hill – including wax museums, adventure golf and haunted houses. Families will also enjoy a trip to the Marineland aquarium and the Waves Indoor Waterpark. Nearby you'll find golf courses, historic sites, and plenty of shops and restaurants, while for adults there are several casinos and a choice of lively nightlife spots.
When you've had your fill of excitement, Niagara Falls is also an ideal location for some quiet time in nature. Follow the walking trails along the shore of the Niagara River and through the peaceful Niagara Glen Nature Reserve, or stroll through the colourful Floral Showhouse – packed with tropical blooms – or the Botanical Gardens, with their magical Butterfly Conservatory.
Sound appealing? Marriott offers a selection of hotels in and around Niagara Falls to suit every visitor. Book your room today and prepare to experience this wonder of nature for yourself.