We left Chicago, Illinois, on June 29. We started driving towards Buffalo, New York. We want to go to Cape Cod, Massachusetts, eventually. However, it takes about 17 hours, so we planned to stop somewhere between Chicago and Cape Cod. My husband’s cousin suggested stopping in Buffalo, where we can see Niagara Falls. So that’s why we decided to stop there.
The distance from Chicago to Buffalo was about 540 miles. It took about 9 hours, including the rest time. After that, we just drove straight on Interstate 90. We crossed five state borders, including Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and New York. This is an exciting experience for me to travel to many states.
The rest areas which we stopped were clean, and they had eat-in counters, as well. I didn’t expect it, so I was surprised because we don’t have these nice rest areas in California.
We found some grape farms and winery signs after we entered Pennsylvania.
The town of Buffalo was not that big. I didn’t know about this town and where it is. So I searched on Google map then I found this place is close to Canada. So this time, we decided which location to stop at, using Google Maps. We also check the route with Google, and I am learning each state location.
Buffalo was not a big town, and it seemed like there were no unique sightseeing spots without the falls. After following the signs, we parked the car. We found much more tourists than I expected in the state park.
I asked my husband as a joke that we should bring our passport to visit Canada. However, after that, one of our friends told us that we would need to take covid tests and quarantine. After that, I still felt it hard to visit outside of the U.S.
When we entered the park, we heard loud water flowing sound, and the water was flowing extremely fast. Also, the splashing water from the falls made us wet. First, we saw the famous Niagra “Horse Shoe” Falls from Terrapin Point. Then, we could see the massive amount of water close to us. I was fascinated by that scene, and I felt how incredible nature is!
This fall’s size is 2,500ft wide, and its height is 167ft. Summer daytime waterfall is 675,000 gallons per second! How big this fall is!
Another fall is called American Fall & Bridal Veil Falls. It was close to Terrapin Fall. There were several tour boats near the basin.
This fall size is 1,100ft, and its height is 176ft. Summer daytime waterfall is 75,000 gallons per second! So this fall is smaller than the other, but still, it was a significant fall!
A hotel in Buffalo
We stayed at Hilton on this day which is closed to Buffalo airport. We could see some airplanes from our room. The room was nice and clean, but the pool is the best thing about this hotel. So, I could lap swim. I had been driving for a long distance every day so that I could refresh.
After we stayed at Buffalo, we drove towards Cape Cod, Massachusetts, which I wanted to visit for many years.
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