This long weekend (2011, Sept 2-5) made a life long memory to cherish. We went to visit Niagara falls, Buffalo, New york. It was almost 901 miles from Rochester, Minnesota. We rented a car and started from home on Friday evening. After a long drive and one night stay in Hammond, Indiana and another longer and eventful drive on next day we reached Niagara on Saturday. The cloudy weather and scattered rain fall could not make the 7 musketeers feeling blue.
Me, my husband, our two kids, and three friends – no doubt we made a perfect group. And I must admit that my kids (3.5 years) are excellent travelers. The main attraction points are all located side by side in the Niagara State Park. There is sufficient parking spaces (paid) for cars. State park offers their own trolly service. We took several rides to avoid lots of walking. The main attraction is’ Maid of the Mist’. This is a cruise tour that will take you near the falls. And you will get soaked all over.
Other attraction points are cave of the wind, goat island, 3 sisters island, terrapin point etc. Niagara (means thundering water) is so huge and vast that I can not even describe my feelings in words. This is something you have to see if you want to get the true feeling of its beauty. Somehow I felt that even my senses are not able to behold its beauty and vastness. This amazing creation of nature will compel you to feel respect towards mother nature. Standing in front of Niagara I just could thought that how small we are before this universe.
Every night Niagara falls are illuminated with lights and there is a fireworks show in every month.
I found it as a budget friendly travel destination. You would find lots of hotels and motels there like Super8, Motel 6 etc. Another thing I must mention that just 2 or 3 blocks away from the main entrance of the park there are some excellent street food vendors. We ate our lunch in one of them with sheek kabab and jeera rice. Food was excellent and also cheap.
One important tip I want to share that if you want to take pictures in ‘Maid of the Mist’, (We all want to), always always carry a waterproof lens protector or cover your camera with a ziplock. Otherwise it will all get soaked in water. My camera stopped working just after that voyage and I was lucky enough to get a spare one from one of my friend. You are welcome to see some beautiful pictures in my blog.