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Niagara Falls Known as the Honeymoon Capital of the World

Niagara Falls held the title “Honeymoon Capital of the World” for over 150 years.

The first recorded honeymoon trip to Niagara Falls was in 1802 by Theodosia Burr, daughter of US Vice-President Aaron Burr, and Joseph Aliston. After that Niagara Falls became more of a destination point for a very young nation.

The construction of the Erie Canal in the early 1900’s rapidly increased the accessibility and popularity of Niagara Falls and it began to be marketed as a honeymoon destination spot. Young couples began to envision themselves standing hand in hand at the brink of the Falls very much in love.

Some claim the crashing water at the base of Niagara Falls creates a “vibe” that appeals to those in love. Others believe the overwhelming magnitude of Niagara Falls leave those who gaze at its beauty feeling a sense of “one-ness”. Whatever the case may be, Niagara Falls very much was “the” honeymoon destination spot for America until airfare became more common and affordable.

In the 1930’s and 40’s the comedy skit “Slowly I Turn”  was performed on burlesque stages around the country which used Niagara Falls as the back drop for a romantic relationship gone bad. The Three Stooges were one of the well known comedy teams who performed the skit on stage and in one of their popular movie shorts.

Today Niagara Falls is still very much a popular honeymoon and vacation destination point and the addition of legalized casino gambling has added to its appeal.

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