On the Monday Namu, her friend Darian (a girl I’ve met once before) and I had booked to take a bus trip up to Niagara Falls. When I was looking into going I didn’t actually realise that it’s actually an 8 hour drive, yet still in the same state as New York City! That really shows you just how vast the country is when one state is the size of England! Anyway, I was adamant that I wanted to go and since Namu didn’t really remember seeing the Falls and Darian had never been they agreed to come with me.
The bus departed from Bowery in Chinatown at 8am. From the website I’d convinced myself this was an all American tour, but in fact it was definitely more catered to Asians, especially those who can speak Mandarin, as it turned out that this was our tour guides first language, with English as their second making it often difficult to understand what she was talking about. For the price we paid, it was a good deal for the bus and hotel, however there were additional costs along the way that were a bit of a rip off. The bus as you can see below was provided by “Covered Wagon Tours” which did describe the bus perfectly as aside from aircon.. there were little other amenities, including no toilet. 8 hours in a bus was also incredibly uncomfortable, thankfully the sights we saw were so amazing, it was worth all the negative points (well, nearly all them!)
About half way up we stopped at a national park called Watkins Glen which gave us about an hour to stretch out legs, it was incredibly beautiful and the gorge was amazing. However we had to pay $10 to hike down which seemed a bit insane to walk through a park. I’m still glad I did it though as it a) it was great to have a break from the bus and b) it was definitely something I’m glad I saw on the trip. I’ve added some of the best photos I took, because lets face it, a picture is worth a thousand words!