3) Niagara Falls, New York
It’s one of nature’s most amazing wonders, straddling the border of New York and Canada. The sheer size and force of the falls has attracted explorers and visitors since its formation 12,000 years ago. Regional Native Americans were most likely the first to behold the majesty of its awesome power and beauty. It’s not only a popular tourist destination, it’s also the birthplace of hydroelectric power. Nikola Tesla developed the alternating current system in 1896, which allowed the transmission of power from the river to homes and businesses. Currently, power plants on both the Canadian and American sides of the Falls produce almost 2.5 million kilowatts of electricity. Tourists visit for the beauty and some amazing photos are captured as the mist from the falls creates rainbows against the backdrop of a clear- blue sky. For an up-close view, take a ride aboard the iconic Maid of the Mist.
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