As one of the natural wonders of the world, Niagara Falls is a must-see destination at the top of many bucket lists. People from across the globe come to see the most famous water fall in North America (and arguably the world!). Plenty of these visitors simply walk along the safety rails under the mist of the Falls, taking a selfie with the roaring waters behind them. Others opt for overcrowded bus tours that explore the typical tourist traps. While this is all well and good for some people, is this the complete Niagara experience?
The answer is a resounding no. Niagara is much more than its falls. As a culturally and historically significant city that has a home in both Canada and the US, Niagara Falls has a lot to offer. You won’t get to experience its true beauty by seeing it through the panes of a stuffy tour bus that stops infrequently at the busiest places. You won’t learn about its interesting history from a corporate tour guide that has no real connection to the area. Your experience of theFalls and the surrounding area will be tarnished if you have to battle it out with your fellow bus riders for the ideal spot that allows you to hear your tour guide speak without missing the sites you’re visiting.
That’s not really visiting Niagara Falls at all. Skip all of that and let a local company known for its personal and comfortable tours organize your trip through the city. A local company will have dedicated tour guides who are intimately familiar with the area. They won’t be telling you and your exclusive group the same stock stories that any corporate tour company can give; they’ll reveal hidden details that only a native passionate about their home can know. As veritable treasure chests of anecdotal facts and off-the-beaten-path locations, local tour guides can give you a unique trip through the city. It will never feel rehearsed or rushed. And by keeping their tour size to that which can fit in a van, you’ll never be so pre-occupied by the crowd of your tour group that you miss out on the tour itself!
Using a local Niagara sightseeing tour has other benefits that go beyond the personal touch. You’ll have VIP access to other sites that call Niagara Falls home – without waiting in lines! Group or private tours can include the Skylon Tower, the Journey Behind the Falls, a trip on the Hornblower Niagara Cruise (which will take you as close as humanely possible to the Falls), the Illumination Tower, and Niagara Parks Elements on the Falls. Highly flexible and customizable, these companies have a tour that suits your tastes. You can even take a guided helicopter ride over the Falls! Spend time looking for that one local company that can provide the best, most comprehensive experience of the Falls. While some only provide tours on the American side, a company like See Sight Tours can provide superior experience on either side of the border. Their unique Canadian and American combination tour highlights and compares the special features and attractions of both countries.
When Niagara Falls has as much natural beauty and cultural significance as it does, there’s no reason that you should limit your experience by choosing a corporate bus tour to give you the ‘same old’ tour. The Falls are crowded enough as it is. Get the true Falls experience by choosing a locally run tour company that provides a personal and passionate touch.