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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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Sheraton Niagara Falls CA $93
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).

    Seneca Niagara Resort & Casino CA $97
    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.

      Hyatt Place Niagara Falls CA $89
      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. Cave of the Winds and Fallsview Indoor Waterpark are also within 15 minutes.

        Wyndham Garden at Niagara Falls CA $90
        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 within a 10-minute walk of Niagara Falls State Park and Aquarium of Niagara. Cave of the Winds and American Falls are also within 1 mi (2 km).

          Comfort Inn The Pointe CA $89
          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. Fallsview Indoor Waterpark and Cave of the Winds are also within 15 minutes.

            Wingate By Wyndham Niagara Falls CA $79
            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 Fallsview Indoor Waterpark are also within 1 mile (2 km).

              Quality Hotel & Suites At The Falls CA $65
              Quality Hotel & Suites At The Falls

              Quality Hotel & Suites At The Falls

              240 1st Street, Niagara Falls, NY
                 
                2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

                Located in Downtown Niagara Falls, this hotel is steps away from Old Falls Street, Niagara Adventure Theater and Conference Center Niagara Falls. Niagara Wax Museum of History and Niagara Wedding Chapel are also within 10 minutes.

                The Giacomo, Ascend Hotel Collection CA $111
                The Giacomo, Ascend Hotel Collection

                The Giacomo, Ascend Hotel Collection

                222 First Street, Niagara Falls, NY
                   
                  3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

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