Niagara Falls is among the most epic sights I've ever seen, and there are many ways to view it.
I viewed the falls from the Sheraton Fallsview Hotel, Skylon Tower, and seven other places.
Here's every spot where I viewed Niagara Falls, ranked from least to most compelling.
I took my first trip to Niagara Falls in August and viewed it nine different ways over three days.
Niagara Falls borders the US and Canada and consists of three massive waterfalls that are world wonders: American Falls, Bridal Veil Falls, and Horseshoe Falls.
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To come up with this ranking, I considered the angle of each viewpoint, the crowds or lack thereof, and the overall feeling I had in each place.
To me, the first and least compelling viewpoint was the Niagara Falls Observation Tower on the US side.
Source: Niagara Falls State Park
The Niagara Falls US Observation Tower charges $1.25 to enter the deck, which extends into the Niagara Gorge just north of the American Falls.
From this deck, I could see all three sets of falls, but its location to the right of all three made it difficult to get a good look at any of them, since I could only see them from the side.
At the same time, I thought the observation tower was one of the more peaceful places where I viewed the falls, since there were very few people there when I visited around 5:30 p.m. I didn't feel rushed or have to deal with crowds during my visit.
My next viewpoint, the Rainbow Bridge, which connects the US and Canada, offered a slightly better view, I thought, because I got a better angle of the falls.
Rainbow Bridge, like many viewpoints on this list, is free to walk through on the US side. I saw a handful of other pedestrians when I visited around 7 p.m.
When I first started walking across the Rainbow Bridge from the US to the Canadian side, I thought the views were similar to the Niagara Falls US Observation Tower, except I was positioned even further away.
But as I walked closer to the Canadian side on the bridge, I watched the views improve and was able to see the front of the falls.
There was also a set of binoculars on the bridge to get a closer look at the falls, which I avoided touching out of my own personal fear of germs.
The next best view, in my opinion, was from Skylon Tower on the Canadian side.
Source: Skylon Tower
For $19, visitors can take an elevator to the top of the Skylon Tower, which is 775 feet above the falls.
At the top, there's an indoor and an outdoor observation deck that has 360-degree views of the falls and surrounding city.
I thought this view from Skylon Tower was great because I was able to get a look at the front of all three falls.
But since Skylon Tower's viewpoint so high up, I felt like the falls were less compelling than from closer viewpoints, where I thought I could view it in more detail.
Plus, finding a spot to stand was tough with the large crowds when I visited around 4 p.m.
Next up was Niagara Skywheel, a Ferris wheel overlooking the falls on the Canadian side.
Source: Niagara Falls Canada
The Niagara Skywheel was crowded when I visited around 5 p.m. It cost $15 and required about an hour of waiting in line.
But I was glad I waited. Even though I couldn't see Horseshoe Falls well, I thought the Ferris wheel provided unique views since it moved in circles, bringing me up and down in the sky.
I enjoyed a cart to myself and the ride circled three times. The Ferris wheel is certainly one of the more unique ways to view the falls, in my opinion.
I determined that the next best way to view the falls was from Oakes Garden Theatre, a park on the Canadian side near the border, adjacent to the falls.
This park was free to enter and I found it to be full of plants and unique landscaping.
I noticed shaded benches lining the outer rim of the gardens with exceptional views of the falls.
I went to Oakes Garden Theatre multiple times during my stay. It was always calm and never crowded, in my experience.
I thought the next best view of the falls was from Fallsview Trail, a boardwalk lining the falls on the Canadian side.
Facing Niagara Falls directly, the trail provided one of the clearest, closest views I could find because it positioned me in front of them and was free to explore.
However, it's also worth noting that in my experience, Fallsview Trail was incredibly crowded during the afternoon.
Some of the best spots to view the falls from on the trail were lined with people, so I had to wait around to get the most amazing views.
But I thought waiting to stand at the front of the Fallsview Trail viewpoint was more than worth it...
... especially next to Horseshoe Falls. Seeing the falls from just above the drop was one of the highlights of my trip.
Next up was the Sheraton Fallsview Hotel on the Canadian side.
For roughly $500 a night, I stayed in a room with a view of the falls.
My room came with floor-to-ceiling windows and a door for a better glimpse of Niagara Falls. When I opened the door to it, I could hear the water crashing down.
Although the hotel did not have not the closest view, it ranks high on my list because of how easily accessible Niagara Falls felt while staying here. I was able to watch the sun set and rise over them without leaving my room.
And each night, I had a spectacular view of the fireworks show over the falls from my bed.
While I enjoyed my hotel room view, I think that the second-best view of Niagara Falls came from the Niagara City Cruises boat tour I went on, on the Canadian side.
Source: Niagara City Cruises
For about $30, I boarded a boat that took visitors up close to all three falls. My tour took place around 6 p.m.
While I found the boat to be crowded, I thought the views were epic. Seeing the falls from just below gave me a better sense of how massive they are.
Finally, while I thought the Niagara City Cruises boat tour on the Canadian side was memorable, I was the most impressed by the views from the Maid of the Mist Boat tour on the US side.
Source: Maid of the Mist
For $25, this boat tour took a similar route to the Canadian boat tour, showcasing all three falls.
But it was far less crowded when I visited, which was at 6 p.m. on a different day. I'm not sure if the Maid of the Mist is usually this empty or if I just got lucky.
Either way, the lack of crowds made finding a spot on the edge easy. I even had enough room to walk around the deck of the boat and take in the most spectacular views unobstructed by human heads.
After trying out nine different viewpoints at Niagara Falls on both sides of the border, I think that if you do one thing at Niagara Falls, you should take the Maid of the Mist boat tour. It brings you incredibly close, and, in my experience, without as many crowds.
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