“Too many visitors err greatly in their calculation in regard to the time which they ought to spend here. They come hundreds and sometimes thousands of miles to view the Falls, and they hurry away before they have had time to get any full or distinct impression of the scene. Visitors should spend at least a week.” --1829 Guidebook to Niagara Falls
Whether you are visiting Niagara Falls for the first time or have traveled here before, the National Heritage Area invites you to experience it differently. Hike the Niagara Gorge Trail and become enthralled with the amazing Niagara River and its stunning geological formations. Step into the amazing history of the Niagara River area, and understand the important role this international boundary played in Native American culture, the French and English colonial struggle to control North American, the American Revolution, the War of 1812 and the Underground Railroad. Discover the science behind hydroelectric power that transformed the world. Experience the courage of Harriet Tubman as she guided freedomseekers from slavery to freedom. What begins with you witnessing one of the world’s magnificent natural wonders will lead to a journey of discovery.
In a region with so much to offer, it's often difficult to determine where to begin your Niagara USA adventure. Located in the heart of the Downtown Niagara Falls Tourist District, the Niagara USA Official Visitor Center offers an array of services and information for visitors to Niagara Falls and the Niagara USA region.
On October 13, 1812, the United States invaded Canada. Lewiston was the staging area for the Battle of Queenston Heights, the first major battle of the War of 1812. Cannons installed on the lawn of Barton Hill were aimed at the village of Queenston, across the Niagara River in Canada. Troops were quartered on Major Barton's property as well.