Have you ever seen one of the Seven Wonders of the World? Well I have and being able to go see one of the Seven Wonders of the World was an experience of a lifetime. I got the chance to visit Niagara Falls and had an amazing time with my family. Not only did I see Niagara Falls, but I was in a completely different country. Most people want to have excitement in their lives, something they will remember for a long time. Well this is definitely the way to experience an unforgettable vacation!
In the beginning of the vacation it had started out a little rough, but as it progressed it turned out to be the best vacation yet, with the long frightening drives through the mountains, frequent pit stops, and all the greatest things Canada has to offer! Our adventure started out in the middle of summer on a Monday afternoon. It took us a while to load up the van, but once we did, we hit the road immediately. I drove through the dangerous mountain roads of Virginia and West Virginia.
Driving through the mountains of the Appalachian gave me a better experience and taught me to drive in heavy traffic, and curvy, slippery roads. The scenery was breathtaking, one look at the beautiful mountain ridges is a memory I’ll never forget. At one point we drove through a tunnel built though the mountains. This caused our GPS to lose connection leading us to getting lost for about an hour. Luckily, the signal picked up and the adventure continued. There was so much traffic on the highway. There had been an accident right in front of me while I was driving 65mph.
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I suddenly came to a complete stop within in a matter of seconds. If I had pushed the brakes just a second later we all would have been done for. This scared me a lot because my whole family was in the car with me. Finally, 16 hours later we arrived to the New York’s view of Niagara Falls. After having my legs cramped, getting lost, and almost getting in an accident, we had finally made it at 3:00 in the morning. Thank god we had a reservation at Holiday Inn because I do not know what we would have done if we didn’t have a place to sleep.
Even though we slept very late, we managed to get up early enough for the next adventure. Today was the day when I was going to see the United States side of Niagara Falls, it was absolutely beautiful and the weather was perfect. Even though these Falls are very dangerous, everyone managed to stay together and not fall down to their doom. On the United States side there wasn’t much compared to the Canada side, just a couple souvenir shops and places to get food. We stayed on the US side for one day and left for Canada the day after.
Crossing the border from The United States to Canada was interesting because it gave us a whole new angle to look at Niagara Falls. Once we made it across, the first thing we did was drive around the streets and we noticed it was similar to the boardwalk at the beach, because it had Ripley’s Believe it or not museum, miniature golfing, and a Ferris wheel but beside it was a massive waterfall. It also had a Maid of the Mist attraction which took you on a boat straight through the water fall. You got soaking wet but left with a big smile on your face.
When we got back to our room at the Sheraton hotel, it had a perfect view of the Falls with a Falls view restaurant on the top floor. This was an amazing hotel that had the best location and the best service. Right beside the hotel was one of the best indoor family water parks in North America. The view of the falls from the Canada side was stunning, everything about it was beautiful. Every night at around nine o’clock the illuminations started at the Falls and sparkled up the glistening water creating a wonderful, colorful display.
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It was time for our journey to end and of course I couldn’t wait to get home and lie down on my bed but I still wanted to stay and enjoy everything possible. My dad took the wheel and decided to stop in Pittsburgh on the way back. We stayed in Pittsburgh for a night since we were tired and in the morning we roamed downtown, smelling the fresh aroma of nearby restaurants and seeing all the traffic pass by us. There was a cable car called the Duquesne Incline and that took you from one story to the next, giving you the best view of downtown Pittsburgh and the Ohio River.
It was a mini vacation of its own. We finally arrived home after a week long vacation, it all went by so fast! I jumped in my bed with joy, all I wanted to do was sleep and stretch my legs. However, my mom had different plans for me. She wanted me to help unload the van and put everything where it belonged. I didn’t realize we had so many luggage’s. The next day after our adventure it felt so weird to be back at home, I missed Niagara Falls a lot and wished we had at least one more day there.
Regardless I was relieved that we were finally back home safe. In conclusion my vacation started off rocky and scary but, with having my family by my side it all changed to an adventure of a lifetime that I’ll never forget. Seeing one of the Seven Wonders of the World made me come to the realization of just how beautiful this world is. This experience encourages me to explore and travel. Overall, what made my vacation unforgettable is that I got to spend quality time with my family and make memories that will last with me forever.