Which side is better to see Niagara Falls?

The question of which is better, USA or Canada, is an argument I would never want to get involved in the presence of an Americans or Canadians.

But!

When a natural wonder straddles two countries, the question of which side has the better view is an expected question. Niagara Falls is the collective name for three waterfalls, American, Bridal and Horizontal, on the border of Canada and the United States.

Avoiding the mission of picking between the two, I found myself on the Canadian side, which I had been assured was the prettier choice.

As I drove into Niagara Falls at night, I was utterly surprised by the busy street filled with late night shops and restaurants. It was like Vegas birthed a small child, albeit less obnoxious.

If you are looking for something a little more humble, New York is probably the side for you. While it isn’t a US national park, it is a state park providing; lets just say a more rustic approach with unpaved pathways.

The vantage point you have from the Canada side is arguably more spectacular. While America technically can claim more waterfalls on their side, the panoramic views are easier to see across the way.

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But with ‘better’ locales, come larger crowds. So taking in the sweeping views will be a group activity.

And for those that have FOMO when they can’t do it all, check out one side and take the short international walk across the border and take in the perspective on the other side. Just don’t forget your passport.

Even as I write this, I can feel the anticipation of the backlash from patriotic neighbors. Who am I to weigh in on a major life question? How could you possibly know the complex relationship between two cities?

And to that I say, have you ever asked an Aussie if they are from New Zealand?

Steph_profHerstory is a weekly column on women and travel by Steph Ridhalgh. Steph is a Sydney born; New York based television producer and travel blogger. Not one for being quiet for too long she simply loves talking about travel and lifestyle.

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