Picture Perfect: 8 Places to Get the Best View of Niagara Falls

Use this checklist to ensure you make it to all of Niagara Falls USA’s best selfie spots.

You’d be hard-pressed to find a better view than the mighty Niagara Falls. But that doesn’t mean you can’t capture the splendor of Niagara Falls USA in a single frame! Here’s the best places to see Niagara Falls from the U.S. in winter, spring, summer, and fall:

1. Observation Tower

2. Terrapin Point

3. Rainbow Air Inc. Helicopter Tours

4. Whirlpool State Park

5. Three Sisters Islands

6. Prospect Point

7. Luna Island

8. Cave of the Winds

Observation Tower: A Bird’s-Eye View

Sights You’ll Get in Your Photo: American Falls, Bridal Veil Falls, and Horseshoe Falls

If you have a taste for adrenaline and you’re wondering where to see Niagara Falls, this might just be the best place for you. The views from the Observation Tower at Niagara Falls State Park are worth the dizzying heights. Standing an impressive 282 feet high and dramatically jutting out beyond Niagara’s mighty ravines, this vantage point is the best to capture all three Falls at once. Definitely worth a #gorgeous on your photo post! Open daily, weather permitting.

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Terrapin Point: The Closest Encounter

Sight You’ll Get in Your Photo: Horseshoe Falls

This is how to see Niagara Falls if you want to get up close and personal! The viewing ledge at Terrapin Point on Goat Island is the nearest point to the thundering Horseshoe Falls (from either side of the border). Sunsets offer visitors incredible photo ops, but visit here after dusk and you’ll catch one of the most stunning Niagara Falls night views. During the winter months, this area is partially closed off due to significant ice accumulation and safety concerns.

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Rainbow Air Inc. Helicopter Tours: A Once-in-a-Lifetime View

Sights You’ll Get in Your Photo: All of Niagara Falls — from above!

How about taking your Instagram game to a whole new level — literally. A chopper ride over Niagara Falls not only ticks two adventures off your bucket list in one, but it also offers an incredible aerial vista of the Falls. Feeling lucky? You may even catch a famous Niagara Falls rainbow. Seasonal; closed until spring 2022.

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Whirlpool State Park: Whirling Whitewater

Sights You’ll Get in Your Photo: Niagara River rapids, fall foliage, Whirlpool Aero Car

There’s more to photograph at Niagara Falls than the Falls themselves, so why not set up your tripod at Whirlpool State Park? The hiking trails are a great spot to escape the bustle of the Falls — that’s before those rapids stop you in your tracks! From the evergreen forests to the cobalt blue waters, welcome to #nofilter heaven.

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Three Sisters Islands: Roaring River Rapids

Sight You’ll Get in Your Photo: Upper Rapids

Accessible from Goat Island, Three Sisters Islands are connected by three historic walking bridges, named for the daughters of Parkhurst Whitney, an early hotelman and leading citizen in Niagara Falls. Here, you’ll get a unique view of the raging Upper Rapids as they race for the Falls.

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Prospect Point: Sunrise, Sunset

Sight You’ll Get in Your Photo: American Falls

If you don’t fancy paying admission fees or joining lines, you can enjoy incredible vistas from this prime viewing area at Niagara Falls State Park. Depending on the time of day and year, platforms can swell with visitors, so why not pay a visit at sunrise when you pretty much have the wonder all to yourself! Or at dusk, view the nightly illumination here.

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Luna Island: The Rainbow Connection

Sights You’ll Get in Your Photo: American Falls and Bridal Veil Falls

Dramatically straddled by the American Falls and Bridal Veil Falls, tiny Luna Island offers a unique vantage point to both. In case you missed it (ICYMI, for the social media savvy among you), the island is named after the lunar rainbow phenomenon — a rare occurrence that can manifest over the island. Now that’s what we call photo op! During the winter months, this area is partially closed off due to significant ice accumulation and safety concerns.

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Cave of the Winds: A Four-Season Adventure

Sight You’ll Get in Your Photo: Bridal Veil Falls

Open year-round, the Cave of the Winds is a must-see in all four seasons! During fall and winter, guests are treated to an abbreviated experience — after an elevator ride 175 feet into the Niagara Gorge, two permanent decks offer a unique, one-of-a-kind view of the Falls! (DIY: After each summer season, the stairs and the Hurricane Deck are completely torn down, and then re-built every spring? Because of the heavy snow and ice each winter, the decks would get destroyed.)

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Ready to experience these amazing views? Download our Travel Guide today and start planning your Niagara Falls USA adventure. 

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