New York

Iconic Niagara Falls & the Underground Railroad

Take in the beauty of Niagara Falls from both sides of the border as you learn about the importance of this region as a gateway to freedom along the Underground Railroad.
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Program No. 23498RJ
6 days
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At a Glance

The 167-foot cascading falls of Niagara is an astounding beauty to behold — but the Niagara Suspension Bridge that once stood just two miles upriver was a far more beautiful sight for freedom seekers traveling north along the Underground Railroad. That bridge spanning from New York to Ontario across the Niagara River was their gateway to freedom. Take in the monumental beauty of Niagara Falls as you comprehend the monumental importance of Niagara as a gateway to freedom. Hear stories of the former slaves who traveled along the Underground Railroad to seek safety in Canada and the abolitionists who helped them get there.

Best of all, you'll ...

  • Visit iconic stations along the Underground Railroad with a descendant of a former slave, and visit a heritage center to consider the lingering effects of slavery in modern-day America.
  • Take in the sparkling mist of Niagara Falls from both sides of the border, and enjoy panoramic views as the falls are illuminated after dark.
  • Enjoy a field trip to the Jackson Triggs Winery to learn about the process of making ice wine—and sample some yourself!
Visit the Road Scholar Bookshop
You can find many of the books we recommend at the Road Scholar store on bookshop.org, a website that supports local bookstores.
Nature's Niagara: A Walk on the Wild Side
by Paul Gromosiak
Goat Island: Niagara's Scenic Retreat
by Paul Gromosiak
Seeing Niagara: The 10 Best Ways to Experience the Falls
by Paul Gromosiak
Zany Niagara: The Funny Things People Say about Niagara Falls
by Paul Gromosiak
Colossal Cataract: The Geologic History of Niagara Falls
by Irving H. Tesmer (Editor)
Owahonton: Maid of the Mist
by Paul Gromosiak
Niagara Falls Q&A: Answers to the 100 Most Common Questions about Niagara Falls
by Paul Gromosiak
Daring Niagara: 50 Death-Defying Stunts at the Falls
by Paul Gromosiak
Buffalo-Niagara Connection: A New Regional History of the Niagara Link
by John W. Percy

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