We started off on Thursday July 3rd from Ann Arbor around 9 AM and reached the Peninsula Depot Visitor Center. After a quick lunch, we rented out bikes at the Century Cycles, visible from the visitor center. Bike rental costs about $9/hour, so we decided to bike for 3 hours. After packing our bags we headed north from Peninsula depot on the towpath trail.
|Towpath Trail - CVNP|
|Remains of a Lock - used to raise or lower boats in the canal|
|Lilies and black eyed susan flowers along the towpath trail|
|CVNP scenic railroad|
|Beaver Marsh - CVNP|
|V Relaxing at Indigo Lake - CVNP|
Second day morning of this trip, after checking out of the hotel, we drove to Bedford reservation to see the Bridal veil falls. On our way, we stopped at an accessible overlook to get a view of Tinker's creek gorge.
|Tinker's Creek Gorge as seen from scenic overlook|
|Bridal Veil Falls - Bedford reservation|
|Brandywine Falls - CVNP|
|V unpacking lunch at Kendall lake picnic area|
|Ledges Trail - Virginia Kendall Park|
|4th of July fireworks in Pittsburgh|
Our third day started off with a visit to the Sri Venkateswara Temple in Pittsburgh. Built in traditional Hindu style, it is one of the oldest temples in the United States.
|Sri Venkateswara Temple, Pittsburgh - view of the Vimanam and Raja gopuram|
|Residents of the Pittsburgh Zoo|
|Niagara Falls Illumination as seen from Prospect Point (American Side)|
On the Final day of our trip, we got the discovery pass. This being our first trip to Niagara, doing everything on the discovery pass seemed like a good start. We started off with the cave of the winds trip. Followed by the maid of the mist, the discovery center and the aquarium. The cave of the winds and the maid of the mist were breathtaking. No words and pictures can do justice to the sheer magnitude of the falls. Even though the discovery center and aquarium hold a lot of potentially interesting activities and exhibits, we felt that it dwarfs in comparison to the overwhelming experience of the falls.
|Cave of the winds tour|
|Rainbow over the cave of the winds|
|Horseshoe Falls, view in front of Top of the falls restaurant|
|Horseshoe falls from Maid of the mist boat tour|
|Birds eye view of the Falls, from the observation tower|
So long until our next trip!