One of the absolute most gorgeous natural areas in all of North America, as well as the self-dubbed '8th Natural Wonder of the World', Niagara Falls is undoubtedly one of the most entrancing places to snap some good travel photos.
There is so much we could say about the power, influence, and picturesque qualities of this wonder, but we'll keep it short and sweet and throw a few fun facts about the falls you may not know, then get into the 8 most essential, most extraordinary photos you need to take during your visit!
Information courtesy of our friends at Niagara Falls USA
Cave of the Winds
This photo is one of the coolest, and sometimes most difficult, to get on our list. While undoubtedly you will be battling hordes of tourists in the way of that perfect shot, you may want to be more worried about the heavy mist ruining your camera. It's worth it, though, if you can manage!
The Cave of the Winds was a cave behind Bridal Veil Falls at the Niagara Falls, sitting around 130 feet high, 100 feet wide and 30 feet in depth. A rock collapse closed off the cavern for good in 1954, and today visitors take a journey up the front side of the falls on a series of wooden decks.
Maid of the Mist
There is no way you are coming to Niagara Falls and not riding the Maid of the Mist, so of course, you HAVE to get a photo during the experience. Much like the Cave of the Winds, and many other things here in Niagara, you need to be careful of the obviously wet conditions, be sure to have a waterproof camera/phone case, wrap your phone in a plastic bag, or keep it under your poncho. Again, any shot you can get of the falls from the Maid of the Mist is well worth it!
Visitors start off near Rainbow Bridge and then make their way past the American and Bridal Veil Falls, then deep into the mist of Horseshoe Falls. Hold on to your poncho tight!
'The Easy Shot'
Any shot of Rainbow Bridge always turns out to be a good one, this amazingly picturesque structure both pleasant to look at and a great focal point in the midst of an ever greater landscape. This shot is taken from the Canada side looking at the US, but trust us, it's great from any angle.
Rainbow Bridge sees an estimated 6 billion pounds of water cross underneath in one single minute, the wind and rush of rapids far below reason enough to venture out for a stroll with your camera on the bridge.
The scenic Seaway Trail can be found along the Niagara River on the US side. It is a peaceful, usually less crowded place to bump into locals biking or walking their dog and enjoying the calm sounds of the river. River shots, bird shots, local fauna shots...there are several good ones to get here!
This trail is part of a much larger trail system, The Great Lakes Seaway Trail. All in all the trail is 518 miles and meant to be a scenic driving route, touching the shores of Lake Erie, Lake Ontario, the St. Lawrence River, and of course the Niagara River.
Local Foods (Buffalo Wings and Wecks)
'The Foodie Shot'
- Okay, so we don't technically have our own photos of the iconic Buffalo Wings and regional Weck sandwiches, but we do have a few other local gems.Buffalo wing and cheese eggrolls start our list, followed by freshly brewed Niagara hops, ending on a strong note with the local Culinary Institutes Salmon and Risotto. We really have no tips for foodie photos, you know what you're doing here food photo lovers! Just get the right lighting!
Canada Views, Eh?
'Classic Canadian Shot'
Getting a good photo of the falls from the Canadian side is a must. You get an infinitely better angle the Canadian Falls themselves, plus you get to see all the falls at once! You can even work in the Canadian skyline, as we did below.
Don't get us wrong, the Canadian skyline is stunningly superb in the daylight, but there is just something about the lights of both the city and the falls that make it extra magical at night. Get your night settings ready on your camera and have to go to town! If you are here on a Friday or Saturday night you should be camera ready at 10 pm when a seriously spectacular firework show above the falls kicks off.
The great thing about this photo opportunity is that most hotels on the American side have a great view of the skyline. The below photo was shot from the 7th floor of the Scenic Downtown Holiday Inn.
Old Fort Niagara
'The Historic Photo'
There are SO MANY great photo opportunities at Old Fort Niagara, from revolutionary cannons to wartime structures your camera is itching to get to know.
This fort was originally built in 1726 to protect the interests of New France in North America. It sits technically in Youngstown, NY, at the mouth of the Niagara River.