anticipation & preparation: buffalo & niagara falls

As it took a lot of time and energy to plan my trip to the Four Corners, I didn’t start planning my trip to Buffalo, New York and Niagara Falls until I returned home at the end of May.  My plans include crossing the border into Canada, and staying two nights in Niagara Falls, Ontario.  On one of those days, I’ll meet a dear friend of mine I knew in Oman who now lives less than two hours away in Waterloo, Ontario.


Journal, books, map & guidebook

Leaving home on June 25, I’ll drive seven hours in a northwesterly direction, arriving in Buffalo that same afternoon.

I started planning by looking through the guidebook, Moon Niagara Falls. This guidebook includes sites on the Canadian and U.S. Sides, as well as information on Buffalo and Niagara-on-the-Lake.


accoutrements of travel

Here’s my itinerary so far:

  • Monday, June 25: Arrive in Buffalo. Explore Allentown and Elmwood Village.
  • Tuesday, June 26: Buffalo – Theodore Roosevelt Inaugural Site Tour 9:30-10:30.  Martin House Tour 11:30-12:30.
    • Depart for Niagara Falls, New York: Niagara Falls State Park (Observation Tower & Prospect Point) and Little Italy.
  • Wednesday, June 27: Continue exploring Niagara Falls State Park (Goat Island, Luna Island, Cave of the Winds, Terrapin Point, Three Sisters Island).
    • Drive to the Canadian side of Niagara Falls: Table Rock Welcome Center and Brink of Horseshoe Falls, Skylon Tower.
  • Thursday, June 28: Hornblower Niagara Cruises (8:30 a.m.).
    • Meet Mona Lisa 11:00-4:00.  Parkway North: White Water Walk, The Whirlpool, Lunch. Butterfly Conservatory.
    • Lundy’s Lane. Walk some more around the Falls.
  • Friday, June 30: Drive up to Niagara-on-the-Lake. Walk around the town.  Drive home.

I’m in the middle of reading a novel set at Niagara Falls; it’s quite a hefty one at 512 pages: The Falls by Joyce Carol Oates. The story begins with a man committing suicide by throwing himself into The Falls after a disastrous honeymoon night.  Most of the book takes place in the aftermath of this suicide.  I’m only on page 250; it’s doubtful I’ll be finished before I go, but I’ll certainly take it along.

Of course, I had to make a playlist for the road trip: Niagara Falls and Buffalo Road Trip.

Here are my intentions for this trip.


Intentions for Buffalo and Niagara Falls


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