I lived in the US for 11 years, and had not visited Niagara Falls (shame on me, I know)…so in 2011 my husband was traveling on business to Rochester, New York and our family finally got an opportunity to see the falls.
We were planning on crossing the border and seeing Niagara Falls from the Canadian side (as most past visitors recommend), but as we were getting close to the border we realized that my husband forgot our passports at the hotel (which was back in Rochester, which is 2 hours away), so we ended up staying on the US side.
I was pleasantly surprised that there was a beautiful park leading up to the falls, which made it a perfect introduction to the beautiful scenery of the waterfalls. The weather turned out perfect, it was May (which means it could still be cold in NY), but it was warm enough to skip the jackets, and there was an occasional breeze, so the combination of the two made our trip very enjoyable.
Below is a picture of the Rainbow Bridge, which connects Niagara Falls, NY to Ontario, Canada.
A quick tip: I’d recommend going to see the falls during the week to avoid big crowds. We went on a week day, and could take plenty of good pictures without other visitors in the background, and didn’t have to endure long lines to get the tickets for the ferry. Yes, of course we took the ferry to get an up-close look (and took our 10-month old with us!) Even though we all got really wet, I will never regret taking the boat to see the falls closer; to be close to something so powerful – it was the most magnificent view and (literally) breathtaking feeling!