Where to Get the Best Views of Niagara Falls

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Here's where you need to go for the best views of Niagara Falls.

When planning your vacation to Niagara Falls it's all about the views and there's one side that's clearly the top contender in that domain. 

From movie stars to honeymooners, Niagara Falls is the iconic destination that's on everyone's bucket list, and for good reason. The natural wonder has a storied history in American cinema, making appearances in a boatload of movies, from Marilyn Monroe's 1953 classic Niagara to Melissa McCarthy's Tammy, in 2014. This cinematic history, combined with the beautiful views, is why Niagara Falls attracts nearly 14 million visitors annually, according to the Niagara Falls, Ontario tourism bureau

Made up of not one, but three distinct entities — the Horseshoe Falls, American Falls, and Bridal Veil Falls — Niagara Falls is split by Goat Island leaving the American and Bridal Veil Falls on the New York side and the Horseshoe Falls are on the Canadian side. With three distinct waterfalls split between the two borders, many tourists struggle to choose which side to visit.

Due to the geography, tourists get the most impressive view from the opposite-facing border. Meaning, that in terms of the most expansive view it's the Canadian side that offers the better vista.

Queen Victoria Park in the center of Niagara Falls, Ontario, offers a mile-long stretch of unobstructed views of the natural wonder. Tourists can see up close just how impressive this attraction is, and it is impressive. According to the Niagara Falls State Park website, an estimated 3,160 tons of water flow over the Falls every second, making it the second largest waterfall in the world — Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe holds the title as the largest. 

While the Canadian side of Niagara Falls offers stunning views, the American side has a slew of activities that allow visitors to get up close to the Falls. There's the Maid of the Mist that ferries you around the base of the Falls, and the Cave of the Winds that takes you behind the scenes on a series of pathways that are replaced on a yearly basis. So while you're planning your trip, it may be worth a stop on both sides to get the full experience.

But while there are benefits to visiting both sides of Niagara Falls, it's hard to argue which side ultimately has the better vista.