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Niagara Falls Day Trip

Hello all!  I know it’s been a few weeks since I’ve had a new blog post, my apologies!  I though once fall hit I’d be less busy than this summer, but it seems I’m busier than ever.  Currently the bathroom renovation (among other obligations) has taken up most of my time, and I hope to do a post all about the fabulous, travel-inspired transformation!  However, for today’s post I wanted to share my awesome little day trip to Niagara Falls.  I had the opportunity to work the charter bringing the Miami University Football team to Buffalo, New York, and it was so fun!  It was a short trip but I took advantage of what little time I had there.  I highly recommend anyone who is interested in visiting to go in the fall, it’s stunning!

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Our first night in Buffalo, we only had the evening to explore, so we decided dinner at the famous Anchor Bar was a must.  If you aren’t familiar with Anchor Bar, it is home to the original chicken wings.  Teressa Bellissimo concocted this new recipe of fried chicken wings in her secret sauce, when her son and his friends worked up an appetite at the bar in 1964.   The wings were a hit, and now they are a delicious American staple.  I had the chipotle BBQ sauce on my boneless wings and they were hands down, the best wings of my life!

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The next day, we left the hotel early, so we had as much time as possible to spend exploring Niagara Falls.  We couldn’t have asked for better weather.  The sun was shining, the temperature was mild, and the leaves were vibrant shades of orange, red and yellow.  It was the perfect fall day.

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We did not partake in any of the paid excursions at Niagara, which there are plenty of, like the ferry.  Walking around the paved paths by the falls was plenty to enjoy, and we ended up walking 8 miles that day!  There are so many viewing areas for Niagara Falls, Horseshoe Falls, the islands, and other beautiful scenic areas.  There are a couple facilities I noticed that provided snacks and beverages, but I can imagine it would be great to enjoy a packed picnic there.

Be prepared for some misting when you get close to the falls, and it’s convenient to have a hood on whatever jacket you are wearing.

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After we were done exploring the American side of the Falls, we walked over the pedestrian bridge to Canada for some lunch.  It was easy enough, just needed a dollar for the toll and our passport to come back through when we were done.  We took in the stunning views of Niagara Falls from their viewing points, awed by it’s power.  We didn’t noticed any restaurants on the avenue parallel to the Falls except for a Hard Rock, so we figured if we turned the corner there would be more options.  I did not know what lay ahead!  On the avenue stretching across the water, it’s all posh hotels and manicured gardens.  When you turn the corner…it’s like you are in Gatlinburg and Myrtle Beach but even zanier.  A Ripley’s Believe It Or Not, dinosaur putt-putt, a wax museum, haunted houses, and SUPER American chain restaurants.  It was odd and a little off-putting after viewing all that gorgeous nature.  Since we were walking, we didn’t want to venture too far, so we decided on a place called Kelsey’s that didn’t look as touristy.  The food was decent, but I wouldn’t say I need to recommend it.  If you are capable of going further into Canada for a better local restaurant, I would suggest doing that.

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I highly recommend everyone see the Falls at least once in their life.  It’s powerful beauty is something to behold.  I’ve seen many waterfalls, but nothing quite like this.  And coming in the fall, the vibrance of the nature surrounding the Falls make it that more impressive.

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