The conference (read about that here) was over on Thursday afternoon, I did some research to see if there was somewhere we could spend the rest of the weekend. Since Niagara Falls was only about 5 hours from Pittsburgh, we thought- why not! We made this our Second Wedding Anniversary trip :) (read about our wedding here).
We arrived at our hotel around 9pm Thursday night. We stayed on the Canadian side – my research concluded that this side is a better view of the Falls and more tourist attractions.
We stayed here– and it was absolutely gorgeous. We knew it would be quite cold while we were there, so we decided to splurge on a nice hotel room with a view of the Falls in case it was too cold to be out for long. (Hint: Traveling during off season provides many discounts, upgrades and perks!) I truly believe this hotel had the best and closest view of the falls- and trust me I did my research before we arrived and while we were there.
We stayed in an upgraded suite that had two fireplaces and two sets of window that overlooked the Falls. Absolutely Gorgeous.
Here was our view from our room!!! Absolutely Breathtaking!
We arrived late at night so I was SO excited to see how they lite it all up! To the left is the American Falls and to the right is the Canadian side of the Falls. We took a walk down the first night and watched the lights change colors!
When we woke up the next morning- this was our view during the day!
So we definitely sat at the window and stared at our view for a long long time.
The next morning we took the shuttle down to see the Falls close up. Here we are at the American side.
There are tunnels where you can walk behind the Falls and hear/see the rush of the water. It is so loud and powerful!
We also went to an IMax movie to learn about the history of the Falls.
In the tunnel behind the Falls.
We went to a butterfly conservatory which was absolutely beautiful and a lot of fun. Here we are:
Nathan took me to dinner at a restaurant overlooking the Falls.
We went to a museum and movie that talked about the history of the Falls. Below is the original first barrel to travel over the Falls with a 63 year old female school teacher. AND she survived! Crazy!
At night the Falls are lite up! They change colors every other minute- so fun to watch! It is also absolutely freezing near the water!
Fog/steam coming up from the Falls.
On our trip we learned that Niagara originated from the Indian word “Ongniaahra” which means “Thunder of Waters” or “Thundering Waters”. If you have ever been to the Falls and heard the rushing water then you know that the name is fitting. 150,000 U.S. Gallons of water flows over the American Falls and 600,000 U.S. gallons flows over the Canadian Falls every second. (Yes, I definitely double checked my facts to make sure I had it right.) That should give you a sense of the noise and rush of the water.
Interesting enough, on our last day Nathan and I were reading Scripture together and Lord gave us this passage of Scripture:
“The voice of the Lord is over the waters; the God of glory thunders. The Lord thunders over the mighty waters. The voice of the Lord is powerful. The voice of the Lord is majestic.” Psalm 29: 3-4
The Lord is in control and power over it all. So powerful.