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Rainbow Bridge

Walk, cycle, or drive across the border and enjoy an unimpeded view of Niagara Falls.

The Rainbow Bridge was built between 1940 and ’41 to replace the Falls View Bridge, which was also known as “Honeymoon Bridge.” It collapsed in January 1938, the result of an ice jam. The new bridge was constructed atop 50-foot (15-meter) abutments to avoid a repeat of the disaster. It is 950-feet (290-meters) long and sits 202 feet (62 meters) above the Niagara River. The bridge is on the border of Canada and the USA.

The origin of its name is lost in history, although the steel arc that supports the bridge offers one potential explanation. From Horseshoe Falls on the Canadian side, the sight of a rainbow in the mist following the arc of the bridge is another explanation, especially appealing to the romantic.

The bridge is accessible to passenger vehicles, bicycles and pedestrians from each side, with a vehicle toll paid upon leaving the U.S. Pedestrians pay a small toll as they leave Canada. 

Canadian and U.S. citizens who want to cross the Niagara River need a valid passport, enhanced (electronic chip) driver’s license, or Nexus card. The latter is available to those who frequently cross the border. Visitors from countries requiring a visa for visiting the U.S. or Canada must also have this ready to show.  

If you have time, walk across the bridge in either direction for panoramic views of the American and Horseshoe falls. The river itself is also a great sight, with powerful currents and whirlpools indicating the awesome power of nature. 

Stop and have your photo taken with one foot in Canada and one in the USA. Head to the bridge on a Friday or Sunday night between May and early September for the best vantage point for the nightly fireworks show above the falls. Be sure to take your passport or photo ID even if you are just taking in the views and intend to return to the same side.


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Lodging Near Rainbow Bridge

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Seneca Niagara Resort & Casino $74
Seneca Niagara Resort & Casino

Seneca Niagara Resort & Casino

310 4th St, Niagara Falls
     
    4.3
    of 5, from 1,672 reviews
    4.0 out of 5.0

    Located in Downtown Niagara Falls, this spa hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Conference Center Niagara Falls, American Falls, and Aquarium of Niagara. Niagara Falls State Park and Bridal Veil Falls are also within 1 mi (2 km).

    Wyndham Garden at Niagara Falls $61
    Wyndham Garden at Niagara Falls

    Wyndham Garden at Niagara Falls

    443 Main St, Niagara Falls
       
      3.7
      of 5, from 498 reviews
      3.0 out of 5.0

      Located in Downtown Niagara Falls, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Niagara Wax Museum of History and Aquarium of Niagara. American Falls and Bridal Veil Falls are also within 1 mi (2 km).

      Comfort Inn The Pointe $80
      Comfort Inn The Pointe

      Comfort Inn The Pointe

      1 Prospect Pointe, Niagara Falls
         
        4.3
        of 5, from 559 reviews
        2.5 out of 5.0

        Located in Downtown Niagara Falls, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Niagara Wax Museum of History and American Falls. Bridal Veil Falls and Aquarium of Niagara are also within 15 minutes.

        Wingate By Wyndham Niagara Falls $68
        Wingate By Wyndham Niagara Falls

        Wingate By Wyndham Niagara Falls

        333 Rainbow Blvd, Niagara Falls
           
          4.1
          of 5, from 1,292 reviews
          3.0 out of 5.0

          Located in Downtown Niagara Falls, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Niagara Adventure Theater and American Falls. Niagara Falls State Park and Bridal Veil Falls are also within 1 mi (2 km).

          Quality Hotel & Suites At The Falls $59
          Quality Hotel & Suites At The Falls

          Quality Hotel & Suites At The Falls

          240 1st Street, Niagara Falls
             
            3.5
            of 5, from 1,505 reviews
            2.5 out of 5.0

            Located in Downtown Niagara Falls, this hotel is steps from Niagara Adventure Theater, Conference Center Niagara Falls, and Old Falls Street. Niagara Wax Museum of History and Observation Tower are also within 10 minutes.

            Howard Johnson Closest to the Falls and Casino $59
            Howard Johnson Closest to the Falls and Casino

            Howard Johnson Closest to the Falls and Casino

            454 Main St, Niagara Falls
               
              3.0
              of 5, from 1,655 reviews
              2.0 out of 5.0

              This hotel is 2 blocks from the brink of Niagara Falls and within 0.6 mi of 2 casinos.

              Courtyard by Marriott Niagara Falls USA $85
              Courtyard by Marriott Niagara Falls USA

              Courtyard by Marriott Niagara Falls USA

              900 Buffalo Avenue, Niagara Falls
                 
                4.6
                of 5, from 110 reviews
                3.0 out of 5.0

                Situated in the historical district, this hotel is close to Old Falls Street, Conference Center Niagara Falls, and Niagara Adventure Theater. Local attractions also include Cave of the Winds and Whirlpool State Park.

                The Giacomo, An Ascend Hotel Collection Member $84
                The Giacomo, An Ascend Hotel Collection Member

                The Giacomo, An Ascend Hotel Collection Member

                222 First Street, Niagara Falls
                   
                  4.6
                  of 5, from 547 reviews
                  3.0 out of 5.0

                  Located in Downtown Niagara Falls, this romantic hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Niagara Adventure Theater and American Falls. Niagara Falls State Park and Bridal Veil Falls are also within 15 minutes.