We're back in North America for this leg of our trip, so we've used this as an opportunity to see lots of folks that we never had time to visit when we lived full-time in Chicago. Aside from visiting friends and family, it's been really fun to stop and see many important sites that I'd never had the chance to see before.
When planning a trip from Toronto, Ontario to Ann Arbor, Michigan, I realized that making a pit stop in Niagara Falls only added an hour and a half to our total drive time. Since I'm not a huge fan of driving, I was a little on the fence about making the stop or not, but figured this was an opportunity that just shouldn't be passed up.
And boy, did I make the right decision! There is a reason why so many of us flock to this natural beauty. You can hear the falls from miles down the road (note to city folk: it's not highway noise!). When approaching the falls, you're covered with a fine mist that is so incredibly refreshing on a warm June afternoon that you understand why you can hear languages from all over the world and see tourists of all stripes. There's something so incredibly moving and innately human about watching and feeling massive amounts of water pour down a cliff that I couldn't believe I'd waited this long to see it. A definite must-stop if you're planning a road trip anywhere near Niagara this summer.
(Images: Smith Schwartz)