One of the natural wonders of the world, the most powerful waterfall in North America is best viewed from the Canadian border town of Niagara Falls. There are several ways to do so – on a boat cruise that takes you right to the foot of the Horseshoe Falls, on an open boat in class-five rapids, or with a cocktail in your hand from the top of the Skylon Tower, a 520-foot-high observation tower that also boasts a 360-degree revolving dining room. For a more off-the-beaten-path experience, take a ride in a 1916 antique cable car, which takes up to 35 standing passengers above the Niagara Gorge Whirlpool and across the US-Canada border four times.

Try your luck on the slots at the world-class Fallsview Casino resort, take a tour of the more than 100 award-winning wineries in nearby Niagara-on-the-Lake, or get your heart pumping on the largest elevated go-cart track in North America. When the craving for peace and quiet hits, get away from the crowds at the Niagara Glen Nature Reserve, which offers daily guided hikes and excellent rock-climbing. It’s also worth paying a visit to the lesser-known Mount Carmel Spiritual Centre, a monastery that dates back to 1894.

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