Saturday, July 5, 2014

Niagara Falls Lives Up To Its Legend
Niagara Falls is a spectacular sight, whether from an observation tower, where this photo was taken, or from the walkways around it. The people in the photo are using a path to the "Crow's Nest" observation spot.
By Yelena Samofalova
Senior Reporter
NIAGARA FALLS, New York, U.S.A. – One of the most famous attractions in the United States and Canada is Niagara Falls, a place of natural beauty surrounded by tons of museums, souvenir shops and food stands.
Although I’ve seen plenty of stores and restaurants, I’d never been to Niagara Falls before.

I didn’t come to get caught in the tourist trap. I came for the waterfall, and I wasn’t disappointed. 

I was surprised by how huge and powerful the waterfall was.
A view of Niagara Falls.
The closest we got to the waterfall was on the amazing “Maid of the Mist” boat ride. We rode right up to the falls, through the Niagara River, located on the border of Canada and the United States.
Mugdha Gurram /
From the American side of Niagara Falls, a
view of the Canadian city of Niagara Falls.
It definitely lived up to its name. We got sprayed with the cold mist falling from hundreds of feet above.
Everywhere we looked, there were incredible sights. On the Canadian side, we could see the skyscrapers and a big Ferris wheel in the city of Niagara Falls, Canada.
On the American side, hundreds of tiny-looking people were walking up on observation ramps and platforms up above the falls. What’s on this side of the falls is the fantastic Niagara Falls State Park, which has incredible views of the wild, raging river and even wifi.
The observation tower, as seen
from the middle of the Niagara
River on the Maid of the Mist.
On the boat, we could hear the falling water pummeling the river below with extreme force. On board, a recording told the incredible stories of how daredevils went over the falls in barrels and how a 7-year-old boy even survived the fall in just a swimsuit.
Niagara Falls attracts people from all over the world, all tourists like us. The natural beauty brings us all together.
We didn’t realize how high up we were on the observation platform until we saw it from below. From the platform, we saw a pretty blue bridge spanning between the U.S. and Canada and had a full view of the falls.
The photo above shows a view of a bridge over the Niagara River, spanning between the United States and Canada. The photo below shows YJI reporter Yelena Samofalova with the Falls and the Niagara River behind her.

I liked how the water fell from the top in whatever shape the rocks were on the edge of the cliff, making a jagged line of falling water.
Niagara Falls is actually two giant waterfalls along the Niagara River that carries water from Lake Erie into Lake Ontario. One is the American Falls and the other is the larger, Horseshoe Falls which curves around in a semi-circle.
After the boat ride, we walked up stone steps to the “Crow’s Nest” observation area right near the American Falls. 
Here, we saw the mist flying in the air, curving as wind blew on it from below. The white mist made beautiful cloud-like shapes.
I couldn’t stop looking at them. It was breathtaking.

Mugdha Gurram /
People get close to the Falls in the "Crow's Nest."

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