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Rainbow Bridge
Vacation Travel Guide

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.

Top Hotels Close to Rainbow Bridge

Seneca Niagara Resort & Casino - Adults Only
Seneca Niagara Resort & Casino - Adults Only
4 out of 5
310 4th St, Niagara Falls, NY
The price is CA $107 per night from Mar 2 to Mar 3

Located in Downtown Niagara Falls, this spa hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Seneca Niagara Resort & Casino and Niagara Falls State Park. Rainbow Bridge and ...

4.2/5Excellent! (1,686 reviews)

"Cleanliness, politeness. Enjoyed everything else. It’s a shame Covid 19 has a lot of activities shut down but overall everything was great"…"

Reviewed on Feb. 22, 2021

Seneca Niagara Resort & Casino - Adults Only
Hyatt Place Niagara Falls
Hyatt Place Niagara Falls
3 out of 5
310 Rainbow Blvd S, Niagara Falls, NY
The price is CA $86 per night from Mar 8 to Mar 9

Located in Downtown Niagara Falls, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Niagara River Gorge, Niagara Falls State Park, and Seneca Niagara Resort & Casino. ...

4.2/5Excellent! (1,366 reviews)

"Great customer service, the rooms are clean and the hotel is quite close to the falls."…"

Reviewed on Mar. 1, 2021

Hyatt Place Niagara Falls
Sheraton Niagara Falls
Sheraton Niagara Falls
4 out of 5
300 3rd St, Niagara Falls, NY
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is CA $108 per night from Mar 2 to Mar 3

Located in Downtown Niagara Falls, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Seneca Niagara Resort & Casino and Observation Tower. Niagara Falls State Park and ...

3.9/5Good! (1,891 reviews)

"One nigth there too much noise from the next room,we had to call desk services, they send up a security,and in a short time everything was fine!"…"

Reviewed on Mar. 1, 2021

Sheraton Niagara Falls
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Seneca Niagara Resort & Casino - Adults Only
Seneca Niagara Resort & Casino - Adults Only
4 out of 5
310 4th St, Niagara Falls, NY
The price is CA $107 per night from Mar 2 to Mar 3
Seneca Niagara Resort & Casino - Adults Only
Hyatt Place Niagara Falls
Hyatt Place Niagara Falls
3 out of 5
310 Rainbow Blvd S, Niagara Falls, NY
The price is CA $86 per night from Mar 8 to Mar 9
Hyatt Place Niagara Falls
Sheraton Niagara Falls
Sheraton Niagara Falls
4 out of 5
300 3rd St, Niagara Falls, NY
The price is CA $108 per night from Mar 2 to Mar 3
Sheraton Niagara Falls
The Red Coach Inn
The Red Coach Inn
3 out of 5
2 Buffalo Ave, Niagara Falls, NY
The price is CA $114 per night from Mar 2 to Mar 3
The Red Coach Inn
DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Niagara Falls New York
DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Niagara Falls New York
3.5 out of 5
401 Buffalo Ave, Niagara Falls, NY
The price is CA $113 per night from Mar 2 to Mar 3
DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Niagara Falls New York
Comfort Inn The Pointe
Comfort Inn The Pointe
2.5 out of 5
1 Prospect Pointe, Niagara Falls, NY
The price is CA $88 per night from Mar 29 to Mar 30
Comfort Inn The Pointe
Holiday Inn Niagara Falls Scenic Downtown
Holiday Inn Niagara Falls Scenic Downtown
3 out of 5
114 Buffalo Ave, Niagara Falls, NY
The price is CA $96 per night from Mar 21 to Mar 22
Holiday Inn Niagara Falls Scenic Downtown
Quality Hotel & Suites At The Falls
Quality Hotel & Suites At The Falls
2.5 out of 5
240 1st Street, Niagara Falls, NY
The price is CA $88 per night from Mar 2 to Mar 3
Quality Hotel & Suites At The Falls
Wyndham Garden at Niagara Falls
Wyndham Garden at Niagara Falls
3 out of 5
443 Main St, Niagara Falls, NY
The price is CA $87 per night from Apr 1 to Apr 2
Wyndham Garden at Niagara Falls
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.