There are two towns of Niagara one on the U.S. side, and one across the Canada border. Niagara USA is the gateway to Niagara Falls State Park, and the two famous waterfalls therein. American Falls is slightly taller: 180 feet. Horseshoe Falls is 170 feet. The park is open daily till midnight year-round. Note, too, that The Maid of the Mist boat tour doesn't operate in winter.The region also offers a lot of fun summertime activities around the river, canals, and lake. From whitewater rafting to Erie Canal cruises, travelers can experience rural New York state at their own pace. There's also casino gaming, outlet mall shopping, and quick trips over the border to keep people excited.
Niagara Falls is actually a pair of thunderous waterfalls, the larger Horseshoe Falls spanning the border between Canada and the U.S.
The two cities that bear the awesome landmark's name look across at one another, the Americans a little more longingly. The Canadian side offers a better deal for the dollar, superior vantage points, and a better environment to view this natural wonder.
Legendary for its tacky honeymoon capital motel suites and for a tourist trap strip near the falls that redefines the word gaudy, the Canadian side nonetheless is a lovely, long and wide stretch of green park space largely devoid of cars and tour-buses.
All that water aside, there are other reasons millions flock each year to the city. At the end of an ambling parkway drive is Niagara-on-the-Lake, a well-preserved Upper Canada historic town full of shops and period homes and site of the famed Shaw (theatre) Festival.
And the Niagara peninsula is Ontario wine country, full of well-regarded vineyards and estate wineries.