American Falls, Niagara Falls

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    American Falls & Bridal Veil Falls

    by Blatherwick Written Aug 31, 2005

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    American Falls

    The American Falls are so named as they are completely within the U.S. state of New York. Interestingly, you probably get the best view of them from the Canadian side. The falls receive approximately 10% of the flow from Niagara River, with most of the rest going over Horseshoe Falls, from which it is separated by Goat Island. It has a straight line crest width of about 253 m (830 feet). If measured along the jagged lip of the falls, the crest is about 290 m (950 feet) long. The torrent of water passing over the crest of the falls is about 0.6 m (2 feet) deep.

    The small waterfall next to the American Falls is known as the Bridal Veil Falls. They have a crest that is 56 feet (17 m) wide. It is similar in appearance to the American Falls, starting with a vertical fall of 78 feet (24 m), followed by the water violently descending the talus boulders to the Maid of the Mist Pool 103 feet (31 m) below. The total vertical drop of the Bridal Veil Falls is 181 feet (55 m). The crest elevation of the Falls is 508 feet (155 m).

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    Limited things to do on New York side of the falls

    by carsonsmom42025 Written Aug 23, 2005

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    Bridal Veil Falls, USA

    There is NOTHING to do on the New York side. There are the balloon rides we didn't try those. We did eat at the Hard Rock Cafe which was nothing special. We also went to the "aquarium" .....it was the worst aquarium in the world...even worse than the aquarium in the St. Louis City Museum. The only thing worth doing over there is going to Goat Island and those places. You get close enough to the top of the falls to stick your toe in! Plus there'e the part where you get to walk under the falls at the bottom and get SOAKED!!! That was the best part of it all and the only thing worth doing over there.

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    American and Bridal Veil Falls

    by kazander Updated Jun 3, 2005

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    American and Bridal Veil Falls

    The American Falls are straight across unlike their fancy neighbor's horseshoe shape. The Bridal Veil Falls are just to the right (if you are facing them) From far away they actually look like just a part of the American falls.
    There are lots of rocks at the bottom of the falls. these fell during a landslide

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    American Fall

    by Bilimari Written May 9, 2005

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    View from Canada

    At 56 metres (180 ft) high, the American Falls is slightly higher than its Canadian counterpart. Its crestline is 328 metres (1075 ft) wide.

    The American Falls look spectacular at night, when it is lit with various combinations of coloured lights.

    The diversion of water above the falls has slowed the forces of erosion. It is estimated that 75,000 gallons of water flow over the American Falls each second, amounting to only 10% of Niagara's total waterflow.

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    Check out the American Falls!

    by rwlittle Written Apr 17, 2005

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    The American Falls, Niagara Falls, 2002

    The American Falls is a little more straightforward in its shape, making it not quite as spectacular as the Canadian Falls. However, there appears to be an observation platform of some kind right next to the American Falls, which must be quite interesting!

    In the photo, you can see the Maid of the Mist scooting by the Falls, once again...

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    American Falls.

    by smschley Updated Jan 27, 2005

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    This is the American Falls. They lie completely in the USA, and are the first part of Niagara falls you see. They aren't as high as the horseshoe falls but are really impressive in their own right. Staircases were built alongside the falls so you can walk there but be sure to bring a raincoat because of the spray.

    The falls have huge crumbled rock mounds at their feet, because of the erosion of the waterfall. Apparently the falls are receding at a rate of about 6 feet a year!

    In the center of the picture you can see the tower that was built to take people down to the boat rides. The tower also has a projecting ledge up high, because from the US side, you can't really see the falls as well as you can from Canada, and going through customs controls can be a pain. So just walk out on that platform to have a look at the waterfall.

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    American Falls & Bridal Veil Falls

    by sim1 Updated Dec 27, 2004

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    American Falls & Bridal Veil Falls


    This is the second of the falls at Niagara Falls. It's on the other side of the river when you are visiting Niagara on the Canadian side (what I've always done). These falls are located on the American side of the border, hence their name 'American Falls'. Although these falls are amazing as well, the Horseshoe Falls are by far my favourite.

    There is actually a third fall, called the Bridal Veil Falls, but it looks more like it is part of the American Falls. If you look closely at the picture, you can see that on the right side is actually a separate small fall. This one is called the Bridal Veil Falls.

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    "Painting the Falls"

    by Ryssby Written Nov 24, 2004

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    I spotted this gentleman painting the falls from the advantage of the American side, with the America Falls on the left and Horseshoe Falls in the background. This photo was taken in the morning. There was a mist arising from the water and rainbows were alternately appearing and reappearing.

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    Niagara Falls

    by Ryssby Written Nov 24, 2004

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    This photo was taken by the promenade on the Canadian side looking back toward the American Falls. The flowers were in bloom on this cloudy day. A stroll along this promenade offers the best views of both falls.

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    American Falls

    by kentishgirl Updated Nov 4, 2004

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    American Falls

    We diddnt venture over to the American Side of Niagara Falls because of Visa reasons, but everyone says that the Canadian side is the best anyway!!

    The American Falls were much smaller and for me not so amazing as the Horseshoe, but I still loved them!

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    Bridal Veil Falls

    by cruisingbug Written Jan 18, 2004

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    Bridal Veil Falls, Niagara Falls, NY

    The section on the right side of the American Falls is called the Bridal Veil Falls. As you can see, you can go down a walkway to the base of the falls (we didn't, though). This walkway has been demolished by the Falls in the past and rebuilt. The Bridal Veil was once part of the rest of the American Falls, but became separated.
    Keep in mind while at Niagara that this is a dynamic, ever-changing monument. The force and volume of the water causes constant changes to the shape of the falls on both the American and Canadian sides. Niagara Falls, in fact, have been and are still moving slowly upriver.

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    The Falls

    by krizt Written Jun 13, 2003

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    Walk down to the falls. It's so peaceful and amazing! The mist is everywhere and on a hot August day- it feels great! There's a shopping center on the walk by the falls- and there's a bunch of little snack shops there too!

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    If you really MUST cross the border...

    by Nanumi Updated May 12, 2003

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    If you really must cross the border to see the Falls from the other side, give yourself a peptalk prior to that, get hardened for unpleasantness of the "real life" on the other side, give a nice farewell to those nice and polite Canadians, and get ready for harsh words, suspiciousness, lack of smile, invigillation, investigation...Do you still want to cross over there???
    Oh, and by the way - do not cross the border too early - my company was refused entry once because it was before sunrise - "no need to go there - you won't be able to see anything anyway".

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    The 'American' Falls

    by Maeniel Written Mar 16, 2003
    'American' Niagara

    The 'American' Niagara Falls, so called because it originates on the American side of the river.
    Only 10% (Approx! - You measure it!) of the water actually flows over here, so the Horseshoe is far more impressive. Of course, I'm not saying that this is not worth seeing!

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    American Falls

    by sunnywong Written Feb 25, 2003
    American Falls @Niagara Falls

    At 56 metres (180 ft) high, the American Falls is slightly higher than its Canadian counterpart. Its crestline is 328 metres (1075 ft) wide.

    The American Falls looks spectacular at night, when it is lit with various combinations of coloured lights.

    The diversion of water above the falls has slowed the forces of erosion. It is estimated that 75,000 gallons of water flow over the American Falls each second, amounting to only 10% of Niagara's total waterflow.

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