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Niagara Falls-Great Place to take a trip

This is Niagara Falls on the American side. The waves are powerful and strong. Majestic. I was raised in Buffalo, NY and I heard many stories of people going over the falls in barrells, some survived, others didn't. I remember the Maid of the Mist, my parents wouldn't allow us to take a ride on it, it wasn't safe then. It is now though.

The Canadian side, has always been much prettier. Usually lit up with rainbow lights. On the American side, the Niagara frontier has little to offer, other than motels overlooking the falls. Remember the Niagara Falls movie with Marilyn Monroe and Joseph Cotten. You get a real glimpse of how powerful the falls are in this movie.

The Canadian side though is the "fun" side. You have tourist shops, casinos, carnivals and more. Plus, the US dollar has always been very strong in Canada. I always recommend to people who want to visit the falls to do the American and the Canadian side. A note on Customs coming back from Canada to the U.S. Right now, the Canadian borders are closed to anyone, but Canadians. But when they re-open and they will, always allow extra time crossing the border. It can take as little as 20 minutes to 2 hours.

Niagara Falls is now considered the 7th Natural Wonder of North America and the 8th Wonder of the World. Take a trip here, you will like it. Plan a long weekend, rent a car and book a hotel-that's all the planning you need for this long weekend.


Visit Amish Country in Lancaster, PA

The Pennsylvania Amish of Lancaster County are America's oldest Amish settlement, where thousands still live a centuries-old "Plain" lifestyle. Arriving in Amish Country allows you to step back in time to enjoy a slower, more peaceful pace – one where the horse & buggy remains a primary form of transportation, and where windmills dot the landscape, providing power harnessed from nature. The Amish way of life of has remained largely unchanged for over 300 years.

When you visit Lancaster County be sure to take a tour of the Pennsylvania Amish countryside –you can even do it in an Amish horse and buggy. Afterwards, explore the many Amish-themed attractions, and events, shop for hand-made Amish crafts, and chow down on some authentic PA Dutch cooking.

On a lighter note-A clinic in Pennsylvania is bringing the Amish drive-through coronavirus testing for their horse and buggies.


Mount Rushmore National Memorial-

Mount Rushmore National Memorial is centered on a sculpture carved into the granite face of Mount Rushmore in the Black Hills in Keystone, South Dakota. Sculptor Gutzon Borglum created the sculpture's design and oversaw the project's execution from 1927 to 1941 with the help of his son Lincoln Borglum. The sculpture features the 60-foot heads of Presidents George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Theodore Roosevelt, and Abraham Lincoln, as recommended by Borglum. The four presidents were chosen to represent the nation's birth, growth, development, and preservation, respectively. The memorial park covers 1,278.45 acres and is 5,725 feet above sea level.

South Dakota is chock-full of history, art, culture and a whole lot of outdoor fun. Celebrate your passions and find new ones on a vacation you’ll always remember.

Hike the Badlands or ride ATVs through the Black Hills. Learn about Native American history at local museums or discover fossil beds at our archaeological sites. Catch a flick at one of South Dakota’s six operating drive-in movie theaters or discover their diverse fine arts scene. Visit renowned attractions like Mount Rushmore National Memorial or traverse the seventh-longest cave in the world at Wind Cave National Park. There’s a lot to explore in South Dakota, and these are just some ideas to help you find your next adventure.


Fun things to do in the U.S. I haven't been to Mount Rushmore before, but I have been studying up on it. Same thing with the Amish Country-it's on my list of things to do.

I hope I can continue to inspire you to travel.

Valerie Brown


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