Friday, March 2, 2012

Star-Spangled Journey: Niagara Falls

We took a morning Southwest flight from Baltimore to Buffalo. A SuperShuttle van picked us up at the hotel at the scheduled time. For my party of three, we paid $65.00.  We shared the van with three other passengers whom we picked up on our way to the airport.

The flight took almost an hour. Upon arriving at the Buffalo airport, we decided to take the Metro Bus #210 since it was cheaper with a fare of $ 1.75/pax compared to taking a chauffeured transpo. The downside though was waiting for at least 30 minutes for the bus to arrive. There were no luggage counters at the airport so we had to bring our suitcase to the Niagara Falls. Good thing, we could leave our stuff at the Visitors Center.

Finally, we set foot on the Niagara Falls State Park. The oldest state park was once the Niagara Reservation. Thanks to the Free Niagara Movement in 1865 to 1869, the succeeding generations are still able to enjoy the grandeur of the falls, the flora and fauna, the geological processes and the picturesque landscape. 

We started our tour in the state park by taking the Maid of the Mist Tour. We made our way to the boat and did the usual photo-op. Then it was time for the boat to move towards the falls. Our blue raincoats could not not even protect us from all that mist and spray of the water. But we didn't mind getting drenched when we had before our very eyes the American Falls, the Bridal Veil Falls and the Horseshoe Falls. The beauty of Mother Nature in its wondrous splendor. They say that the view from Canada is better but thanks to the Maid of the Mist boat, we a had a glimpse of the falls from the Canada side even for a short while.

On our way to the Maid of the Mist tour wearing our blue raincoats.

Maid of the Mist boat

Hello Canada!

The wondrous splendor that is Niagara Falls.

Canada side, Journey beneath the Falls

The bridge that connects USA to Canada.

View of Canada from the US side.

After the boat ride, we strolled around the park. There are other attractions inside the state park to keep the visitors busy the whole day.

View of the falls from the Prospect Point.

Blue poncho-clad tourists

Very rapid rapids.

Birds, instead of cars at the parking lot.

When our tummies were already growling, we rode the trolley and got off at the Top of the Falls restaurant where we had lunch at the same enjoying the view of the waters from the top.

Top of the Falls restaurant

House Salad

Was this the Buffalo Chicken Wrap?

Buffalo's Famous Chicken Wings

Niagara Fish and Chips


After that hearty lunch, we rode the trolley again and then got off at the stop nearest to the Visitors Center where we retrieved our luggage. We proceeded to the bus stop and waited for the bus that would take us back to the airport.
The trolley that transports tourists around the park.

At the Buffalo Airport

How I wished we could have stayed longer just so we could enjoy the park's beauty. But that few hours was worth it. And before I end this post, just as there are numerous flora in  Niagara so are there numerous versions of saying Niagara. I read this tip in one of those random books that came into my possession especially when bored, and Niagara is pronounced in the same way as Viagra. So there you have it.

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