One-Tank Trip for April 23/16
(c) By Jim Fox
For a good time in Niagara Falls, just add water.
Water cascading over the steep cliff-like Niagara escarpment has been drawing visitors and honeymooners to the falls for centuries.
|Just add water: Jim and Barb Fox check out the red, heart-shaped Jacuzzi that’s standard in many Niagara Falls hotel suites. (Jim Fox photo)|
The falls were formed 12,000 years ago by melting glaciers that created the fresh-water Great Lakes.
The rushing waters carved out a river in their descent and over the years began to wear their way back up the river with the path today known as the Niagara Gorge.
The beauty of the two waterfalls – the Horseshoe in Canada and the American in the U.S. – are practical as well by generating hydroelectricity for both countries.
This spot is known for romance as its claim as the “Honeymoon Capital of the World” was established by the French in the early 1800s.
The story goes that Napoleon’s brother, Jerome Bonaparte, travelled by stage coach from New Orleans to spend his honeymoon at the falls and the word about this romantic spot spread throughout the world.
As well as the honeymoon capital, it has to be the capital of hotel rooms with red heart-shaped Jacuzzi whirlpool tubs beside the bed.
Today, all types of “once-in-a-lifetime” honeymoon suites can be found at the hotels and motels.
And, don’t forget the “Magic Fingers” vibrating beds for a fun time at the falls.
Newlyweds can receive an official Honeymoon Certificate signed by the mayor along with admission passes and discounts through Niagara Falls Tourism. niagarafallstourism.com; 1-800-563-2557