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Rainbow Bridge

Walk, cycle, or drive across the border and enjoy an unimpeded view of Niagara Falls.

The Rainbow Bridge was built between 1940 and ’41 to replace the Falls View Bridge, which was also known as “Honeymoon Bridge.” It collapsed in January 1938, the result of an ice jam. The new bridge was constructed atop 50-foot (15-meter) abutments to avoid a repeat of the disaster. It is 950-feet (290-meters) long and sits 202 feet (62 meters) above the Niagara River. The bridge is on the border of Canada and the USA.

The origin of its name is lost in history, although the steel arc that supports the bridge offers one potential explanation. From Horseshoe Falls on the Canadian side, the sight of a rainbow in the mist following the arc of the bridge is another explanation, especially appealing to the romantic.

The bridge is accessible to passenger vehicles, bicycles and pedestrians from each side, with a vehicle toll paid upon leaving the U.S. Pedestrians pay a small toll as they leave Canada. 

Canadian and U.S. citizens who want to cross the Niagara River need a valid passport, enhanced (electronic chip) driver’s license, or Nexus card. The latter is available to those who frequently cross the border. Visitors from countries requiring a visa for visiting the U.S. or Canada must also have this ready to show.  

If you have time, walk across the bridge in either direction for panoramic views of the American and Horseshoe falls. The river itself is also a great sight, with powerful currents and whirlpools indicating the awesome power of nature. 

Stop and have your photo taken with one foot in Canada and one in the USA. Head to the bridge on a Friday or Sunday night between May and early September for the best vantage point for the nightly fireworks show above the falls. Be sure to take your passport or photo ID even if you are just taking in the views and intend to return to the same side.


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Hyatt Place Niagara Falls ¥16,325
Hyatt Place Niagara Falls

Hyatt Place Niagara Falls

310 Rainbow Blvd S, Niagara Falls, NY
     
    3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    Located in Downtown Niagara Falls, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Niagara River Gorge and Niagara Falls State Park. Aquarium of Niagara and Cave of the Winds are also within 15 minutes.

    Wingate By Wyndham Niagara Falls ¥15,025
    Wingate By Wyndham Niagara Falls

    Wingate By Wyndham Niagara Falls

    333 Rainbow Blvd, Niagara Falls, NY
       
      3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      Located in Downtown Niagara Falls, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Old Falls Street and Niagara Falls State Park. Cave of the Winds and Aquarium of Niagara are also within 1 mi (2 km).

      Seneca Niagara Resort & Casino ¥19,319
      Seneca Niagara Resort & Casino

      Seneca Niagara Resort & Casino

      310 4th St, Niagara Falls, NY
         
        4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        Located in Downtown Niagara Falls, this spa hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Old Falls Street and Niagara Falls State Park. Aquarium of Niagara and Rainbow Bridge are also within 15 minutes.

        Sheraton Niagara Falls ¥16,325
        Sheraton Niagara Falls

        Sheraton Niagara Falls

        300 3rd St, Niagara Falls, NY
           
          4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          Located in Downtown Niagara Falls, this spa hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Observation Tower, Niagara Falls State Park, and Aquarium of Niagara. Devil's Hole State Park and Fort Niagara State Park are also within 16 mi (25 km).

          Wyndham Garden at Niagara Falls ¥13,148
          Wyndham Garden at Niagara Falls

          Wyndham Garden at Niagara Falls

          443 Main St, Niagara Falls, NY
             
            3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            Located in Downtown Niagara Falls, this hotel is steps from Niagara River Gorge and Niagara Falls State Park. Aquarium of Niagara and Rainbow Bridge are also within 10 minutes.

            Courtyard by Marriott Niagara Falls USA ¥15,992
            Courtyard by Marriott Niagara Falls USA

            Courtyard by Marriott Niagara Falls USA

            900 Buffalo Avenue, Niagara Falls, NY
               
              3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              Located in Downtown Niagara Falls, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Old Falls Street, Conference Center Niagara Falls, and Niagara Adventure Theater. Cave of the Winds and Whirlpool State Park are also within 3 mi (5 km).

              Comfort Inn The Pointe ¥18,115
              Comfort Inn The Pointe

              Comfort Inn The Pointe

              1 Prospect Pointe, Niagara Falls, NY
                 
                2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

                Located in Downtown Niagara Falls, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Niagara Falls State Park and Rainbow Bridge. Cave of the Winds and Fallsview Indoor Waterpark are also within 15 minutes.

                Holiday Inn Niagara Falls Scenic Downtown ¥15,992
                Holiday Inn Niagara Falls Scenic Downtown

                Holiday Inn Niagara Falls Scenic Downtown

                114 Buffalo Ave, Niagara Falls, NY
                   
                  3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Located in Downtown Niagara Falls, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Niagara River Gorge and Niagara Falls State Park. Cave of the Winds and American Falls are also within 15 minutes.