Your Guide to the Best Views of Niagara Falls USA

We all love to find the best views for selfies, proposals, wedding photos and more. This helpful map shares some of the best ways to see Niagara Falls, no matter the season.

Niagara Falls USA is a popular travel destination for a reason — not only do the impressive Falls make for a truly breathtaking experience, but they also make for incredible photos, too! Here’s our guide to getting the best views of Niagara Falls.

Where You Need to Go: Observation Tower
Sights You’ll Get in Your Photo: American Falls, Bridal Veil Falls and Horseshoe Falls

If you have a taste for adrenaline, this might be the best place to view Niagara Falls. 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!

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Where You Need to Go: Terrapin Point

Sight You’ll Get in Your Photo: Horseshoe Falls

This is as close as you’ll get! 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. 

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Where You Need to Go: Maid of the Mist boat tour

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

Here’s a Snapchat story just waiting to be told! A trip on the legendary Maid of the Mist offers the most unique up-close perspectives of Niagara Falls from the docks to the cascades themselves. They don’t call it Maid of the Mist for nothing, either. With all that invigorating spray, this is one spot where that waterproof GoPro will come in handy.

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Where You Need to Go: Rainbow Air Inc. helicopter tours

Sight You’ll Get in Your Photo: 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.

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Where You Need to Go: Whirlpool State Park

Sight You’ll Get in Your Photo: Niagara River rapids

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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Where You Need to Go: Three Sisters Islands

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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Where You Need to Go: Cave of the Winds

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

Going down? After an elevator ride 175 feet deep into the Niagara Gorge, the Cave of the Winds staircase leads visitors right out beneath the awesome Falls. You’ll soon see why they call it the Hurricane Deck — you’re within feet from the gushing Bridal Veil Falls! The perfect moment for an epic Boomerang video.

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Where You Need to Go: Prospect Point Viewing Area

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 and seasonal fireworks.

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Where You Need to Go: Luna Island

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!

Ready to experience these amazing views? Request our Travel Guide and plan your trip to Niagara Falls USA today. 


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