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There is no doubt that New York offers great value to people of all ages, though one destination is particularly rooted in our state’s identity. Perhaps because of its sheer size and majesty, this picturesque natural beauty attracts around 8 million travelers annually. It sits adjacent to one of America’s most historically innovative cities and against the backdrop of a sprawling Canada. I am of course referring to the city of Niagara. Contrary to what you saw in your cousin’s wedding album, Niagara Falls is not just another stop for the “hop-on-hop-off” crowd. In fact, it is a storied location of unmatched natural beauty, a looking glass on the American spirit throughout the ages, as well as an ever-growing center of commerce for a dynamic community. Truly, and not in looks alone, Niagara has it all. Starting at the DeVeaux Woods State Park, you can enjoy recreational amenities such as picnic facilities, meadow trails and playgrounds. From here, you can make your way towards Whirlpool, another state park, which boasts 109 acres of rapids vistas. If time allows, there are more than enough circuitous trails in Niagara Falls’ larger network of parks to pass a day by. Although there are venues for ziplining, axe throwing and much more, thrill-seekers may still be disheartened to know that barreling off the Falls’ peak is no longer permitted, though they can learn about those who did at the Niagara Gorge Discovery Center

By Tim O’Hare 

Travel to Niagara Falls by Rail with Amtrak

Majestic, world-famous waterfalls on the American and Canadian sides. Hiking trails and water adventures. Wineries and Cuisine. Discover Niagara shuttle service.








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Check out the Amtrak map to plan your next adventure!

Visiting New York’s side of Niagara Falls is easy with Amtrak. Take Amtrak’s Maple Leaf or Empire Service lines all the way to the Greater Niagara region. Niagara Falls Station (NFL) is conveniently located near plenty of fun attractions and is only two miles from Niagara Falls State Park.