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North America » United States » New York » Niagara Falls September 15th 2023

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Get an eye full?
Love train stations
Oktoberfest is a must!

We slept in a bit and had a relaxed morning at our hotel in Erie. Andrew found us some bagels and coffee from downstairs for breakfast, and then we took a family stroll along the lake. We had a short drive ahead of us, so left our hotel in Erie at checkout time (11am). We took Highway 5 out of Erie to New York, which is a scenic highway that follows Lake Erie. It was a lovely drive. There were a lot of trees, including quite a few weeping willows, so we didn't always have a view of the lake. Surprisingly to me, there were a lot of vineyards between Erie and Buffalo. We stopped for lunch at a Burger King along the way and made it to Niagara Falls around 2pm or so. Parking was ... read more
Scenic Drive - New York State
Niagara Falls State Park, New York
Niagara Falls - New York Side

North America » United States » New York » Niagara Falls August 30th 2022

Niagara Falls!!!! I was so nervous driving through the cities, worrying about tolls, somebody honked at me? WHY? What did I do? That was my lane I was in right? At least it's been raining all day. I threatened myself with driving right through and not seeing the falls. Absolutely not possible. I overcame all of my fears, pushed other peoples perception of me to the side, gripped the steering wheel with both hands and forged on. I have Oregon license plate people...give me a break. I parked, bundled up in a raincoat, baseball cap to protect my glasses from the rain, wore shorts and flip flops. Once I got closer to the falls, I saw many people in the same outfit as me. It's a Niagara thing, be prepared to get soaked! I could see ... read more
Horseshoe Falls
Niagara Falls, NY
Horseshoe Falls

I’m willing to bet that many, if not most, travel writers from the US have been to Niagara Falls, at least once. This was my third trip, though it’s the first time I can remember seeing the American side of the Falls. But I’ll only get to my experience of the Falls later. Instead, I started out my journey in the northern areas of the Niagara region: Youngstown and Lewiston. Youngstown might just be my favorite little town in New York now. I had done a little research before going on this trip, and I discovered that there’s a FREE tourist bus that goes between the Falls in the south and Fort Niagara in the north, making stops at most of the touristy locations in between. My intention was to use that bus to get to ... read more
The Whirlpool with one of the tourist boats down below
The harbor at Youngstown is full of sailboats

Day 5 – Tuesday – Buffalo, NY to Buffalo, NY (103 miles ???) Today was the first day we woke up to rain. It was only drizzling, but rain nonetheless. That didn’t dampen our spirits because we were headed out for a day of adventure. Our journey led us to Lockport and the Erie Canal. Of course, Pam had to get her feet into the chilly water. Then we set out to cruise the famous canal. This wasn’t just a laid-back ordinary cruise, this cruise ventured through the two highest locks along the canal (Pam’s first experience at riding a boat in a lock). The two locks combined rose the canal a total height of 50 feet. Many years ago, before the Erie Canal was built, it would take 6 weeks for a stage coach to ... read more

North America » United States » New York » Niagara Falls October 4th 2018

4th October 2018 Return to Niagara Falls Continuing our journey through Ontario and New York State. (3 of 3) Leaving behind the wonders of Pennsylvania’s Hawk Mountain, we headed north through new territory for us. It’s a long drive to the northwest, out through rural Pennsylvania, past open-cast mines and farmland in the general direction of Niagara Falls, taking our time to savour the last few days of our North American adventure, 2018, and stopping off wherever and whenever the fancy took us. Wellsboro, on our route, is often referred to as the gateway to Pennsylvania’s Grand Canyon. A 50 mile long canyon, a few miles out of town, carries the Pine Creek thundering over dramatic waterfalls and deep narrow channels through the Leonard Harrison State Park. A short walk offered us some grand views of ... read more
Leonard Harrison State Park
Middle Falls

North America » United States » New York » Niagara Falls August 31st 2017

Hi Again We have had a wonderful dY,started at 7am bussed to Niagra falls and saw the movie about Niagra,it was most interesting,with so many dare devils trying to cross the Falls. From there we went on the maiden of the mist boat which took us so close to the falls,which was stunning and everything I expected and more,a superb day lots to reflect on. They took us to a fort which the French started,Britain took it over and then of course America,it was on Lake Ontario,beautiful lake. Tommorrow we go on a cruise on the 1000 islands Bye for now,late getting here,and early start in the morning. SK... read more

North America » United States » New York » Niagara Falls August 23rd 2017

We are heading back West, but before this, a little trip North. We left Manhattan late afternoon....first the train to get back our little Mustand, next, the road north upstate. We are sleeping tonight in Mahwah. Never heard about this place, don't worry, you are not the only one. The plan was to head north enough to have the price of the room dropping enough from the excess of NY area. Mahwah is actually next dor to the Woodbury Common Outlet mall. This is by for the biggest outlet mall I've ever seen in the world....and you can spend some time here. So did some shopping on the way the next morning. Our next night is in Scranton, Pennsylvania. We are sleeping in a hotel as old as I am, but I guess this is what ... read more
We had some clouds....and some sun...
Great way to spend an afternoon....
Tonight....romantic dinner....and bubbles....

Today was an ambitious day, but we knew that going into it, so it was even better than our expectations. We wanted to make sure we were well rested, so we slept in a little and headed back to the Third Street Retreat for breakfast around 8:30. After breakfast, we headed over to the Niagara Falls Visitors Center a couple of blocks away in search of the free trolley. There is a free trolley that runs about every half hour from the Visitors Center near our hotel to the furthermost tip on the peninsula at Old Fort Niagara.The plan was to take the trolley to Fort Niagara, tour around, and ride the trolley back to the hotel, stopping at a couple of the sights along the way. We had a tour similar to yesterday's except from ... read more
Fort Niagara - The Fort Main Building
Fort Niagara - Enlisted Quarters
Fort Niagara - War of 1812 Flag

aaaToday was our first opportunity to be the quintessential lazy tourist on this trip. We had a pre-planned tour and we purposely didn't schedule it until 10:30 so we wouldn't feel rushed in the morning. Our only responsibility was to show up in our hotel lobby at 10:30 and the tour company would take it from there. We slept in a little as the place we picked for breakfast - The Third Street Pub & Retreat didn't even open for breakfast until 8:00. So we wandered over at 8:15 for breakfast, which was really good. We will have to go back for breakfast tomorrow. After breakfast, we hung around the hotel, catching up on email, and generally just goofing off until 10:30 when the tour van showed up. There was one other couple from our hotel, ... read more
Cave of the Winds - Jody Gets Her Feet Wet
Cave of the Winds - Closest Point
Cave of the Winds - American Falls From Above

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