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Niagara Falls

Niagara Falls makes this list because it is the the most visited tourist attraction in the world*so the numbers would suggest that the tourists prefer Niagara Falls !

Tourists have been visiting Niagara Falls , both on the Canadian and American side, since the 18 th century. The accessibility of the falls has been a major contribution to the increasing visitor numbers, and now, as the 6 th most visited tourist attraction in the world Niagara Falls attracts around 14 million visitors per year. Victoria Falls and Iguaza Falls on the other hand, didn't even make it into the top 50!

Niagara Falls

Niagara Falls consists of two main falls and one smaller side falls. The falls on the Canadian side are the largest and due to their crescent shape are also known as the Horseshoe Falls . Horseshoe Falls are separated from the American Falls by Goat Island and the American Falls are in turn separated from the smaller Bridal Veil Falls by Luna Island .

Visitors come from all over the world to see Niagara Falls and to hear the thundering water as it cascades over the drop on the Niagara River, travelling from Lake Erie to Lake Ontario on its way to the ocean. Niagara Falls aficionados will tell you to see the falls from both the American and the Canadian sides for the full effect, though if you have to choose just one side, the Canadian side has the better views of both Horseshoe Falls and the American Falls , plus there are many amenities and tourist services on the Canadian side.

On the Canadian side you can park your car in one of the lots and buy a ticket for the People Mover bus which runs along the Niagara Parkway between May and October. If you're not a particularly mobile person, the People Mover is the best way to see the extent of the falls, otherwise you can probably cover the area on foot.

Attractions aside from the falls themselves include the famous Maid of the Mist boat which takes you right up close to the bottom of the falls, the White Water Walk which is a boardwalk alongside the rapids, the Skylon Tower for great views of Niagara Falls are the surrounding area, Marineland Theme Park for dolphin and whale shows as well as amusement park rides, and the Whirlpool Aero Car which is a cable car ride over the Niagara Whirlpool. Though there's even more than this to do also!

The city of Buffalo is right beside Niagara Falls on the US side and Buffalo-Niagara International Airport is about 20 to 30 minutes from the falls. On the Canadian side the nearest major city is Toronto and Toronto Pearson International Airport is about a 1.5 hour drive to Niagara Falls .

* According to Forbes Magazine 2007 listing of the 50 most visited tourist attractions in the world.

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