Just five hours from Columbus, Ohio and home to one of the most iconic images in America, Niagara Falls, New York, is a destination worth discovering. People from all over the globe travel here to witness for themselves the raw power and beauty of these spectacular waterfalls. Three separate falls make up Niagara Falls – Horseshoe, American and Bridal Veil. As water from the Niagara River rushes over these rugged cliffs, it creates a dramatic spectacle, as well as a dense cloud of mist that drenches the surrounding landscape. The thundering roar of the falls is legendary, as is the aqua color of the cascading water. The waterfalls are part of Niagara Falls State Park – America’s oldest state park. Spanning more than 400 landscaped acres, the park offers extraordinary hiking and wildlife viewing. The park also has numerous decks and vista points with breathtaking views of the falls. Those wanting a more intense experience can take the Cave of the Winds Tour, which brings visitors down to the base of the gorge and into the stormy mist. You can also take a boat tour beneath the falls on the Maid of the Mist, a tour company in operation since 1846. After a full day of exploring, you’ll be ready to rest and relax in your sweetly appointed coach. Make your camping adventure perfect by staying at the Niagara Falls/Grand Island KOA.
You’ve seen Niagara Falls – how would you like to touch them? The Niagara Power Project Visitors Center’s Power Vista lets guests feel the power of the falls through experiential exhibits and hands-on learning. You’ll learn about hydroelectricity and the historic role Niagara Falls played as the birthplace of commercial hydroelectric power. Also featured is an interactive kiosk linked to a 16KW solar array on the roof. The display showcases solar power generation data and information on solar technology.
SPLASH AND PLAY NORTH OF THE BORDER
Located in Welland, Ontario, a short drive from Niagara Falls, is the Welland Recreational Waterway. Stretching more than five miles through the city’s core, the calm, clean water and scenic green space plays host to a variety of sporting, recreational and cultural activities. Visitors can run or walk along the scenic trail system, and participate in a variety of water activities. There’s even a scuba park, featuring a submerged boat and sunken car, along with an underwater training area where divers can hone their skills. (Reminder: Be sure to bring your passport).
SIGHTSEE IN THE CITY
When it comes to adventure, the city of Niagara Falls delivers. With the breathtaking Falls in the backdrop, strike out and explore the city’s unique shops, antique houses and fabulous restaurants. Festivals are popular – check the Niagara USA Tourism website for upcoming events. Want to get wet ‘n wild? Rent a boat or take a boat tour on the Niagara Gorge River. You can also fish from the boat, or from the shore in Niagara Falls State Park. Niagara USA has some of the best golfing in the country, so don’t forget to bring your clubs. Before returning to your campsite, be sure to pick up a bottle of wine from one of the many area wineries. Pull out a camp chair and raise a toast to another memorable Road Adventure.
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