February 12, 2006
The best part of a trip to Niagara Falls is, of course, the view of the Falls. In addition to all the hotel rooms and restaurants that offer a bird's-eye view perspective of the wonders, there are also a few towers designed specifically for the purpose of "Falls gazing."
One of these towers is the Minolta Tower, adjoining the Ramada Hotel. The toll for our passage to the overlook at the top was an extremely reasonable C$6.95 per person. Just before dusk, we rode the elevator to the overlook at the top. Above the mist from the Canadian Falls (which were directly in front of us), we had the perfect view for the sunset and, shortly thereafter, multicolored light show that illuminates the falls every evening.
The tower became more and more crowded with families and romantic types as the evening progressed. Eventually, we grew tired of holding our post at the edge of the tower and let some other people have a chance at experiencing our great vantage point. However, not all was lost. We ventured over to the other much more vacant side of the overlook to gaze upon the city lights and the various bridges connecting Canada and the United States.
After spending about 2 hours total on the overlook, we waited in the busy lines to descend in the crowded elevators that would bring us back to ground level. We spent a few brief moments checking out the souvenir store, filled with the typical T-shirts, coffee mugs, and other such items, before heading back to the hotel. It was a bit of a walk back to the Brock Plaza, as the Minolta is located behind the Canadian Falls and the Brock Plaza is on the other side of the American Falls. If you are tired, driving might be a better alternative.
From journal Two-Day Stay in Niagara Falls