Nothing could have prepared me for my first trip to Niagara Falls. Standing high up on the edge of the falls with tingling toes, mist on my face, and thousands of gallons of water rushing beneath me was such a thrill! Niagara Falls has been on our bucket list for a long time, so I was jumping for joy when the three-day trip wiggled its way onto our August calendar. After spending three days in Chicago, Mark and I hopped on a plane to Buffalo, New York and spent Thursday through Saturday in Niagara Falls. We were able to see everything in those few days, even squeezing in a wine tour!
The town of Niagara is quite cute, with a few fun restaurants and food trucks here and there. On our first night we walked down to the falls right as the sun was setting, then grabbed some spicy grilled chicken and curried rice from a food truck and ordered ice cream cones for dessert. It was the perfect Summer evening and a great first introduction to the falls!
The following day we walked across the US boarder to see Niagara Falls from the Canadian side. Mark convinced me to go on a tour called Journey Behind the Falls, where you actually go in a tunnel under the Horseshoe Falls. I am not going to lie, it was a little terrifying being in a rock tunnel behind the powerful falls but it was a really fun to experience, once we got back to safe ground! I also got a kick out of looking down after the Journey Behind the Falls and noticing that my shoes perfectly matched my banana yellow poncho – haha!
On our last day at the Niagara Falls, we hopped on a Maid of the Mist boat tour, which ended up being my favorite part of the trip. Guided by the M & M flag, our boat went far into the falls, getting up close and personal to both the US and Canadian falls. I was surprised how close we got to the falls, sometimes getting zero visibility from the swirling waterfall mist and powerful wind gusts. While we did get pretty wet, it felt so good to get misted on such a warm day.
A quick trip to Niagara Falls was the perfect weekend getaway. We saw everything, did every tour possible, went international (into Canada, haha), and were able to sneak in a half day wine tour. I can’t wait to share more of Niagara with you in my next post, stay tuned for Canada’s famous icewine!