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This past summer, I had the pleasure of visiting Niagara Falls for the first time. Although I'd heard of the Falls, of course, nothing could prepare me for how stunningly beautiful they were in person. We had planned a short weekend there, but it wasn't nearly long enough. We would have loved to stay longer, and to have more time to see the amazing sites.

My absolute favorite thing that I did on the trip was to visit the Cave of the Winds. Unlike, say, the Maid of the Mist boat ride, I'd never heard of the Cave of the Winds, and I probably wouldn't have gone if it wouldn't have been part of the tour - and man, would I have missed out. The thing is, when you visit the Cave, you take an elevator down into the cave, then you walk out onto a series of wooden decks and staircases that allow you to walk right up to one of the falls.

The most amazing part by far is called the Hurricane Deck, where you can literally stand underneath a small portion of the Falls, snugly encased in your waterproof poncho, of course. Even though this was just a tiny bit of the Falls, it really did feel like standing in a hurricane. Nothing drove home the power of the water like those few minutes on the Hurricane Deck.

As you can imagine, the wooden decks under those falls take quite a pounding, and the relentless water can destroy them quickly. Thompson's Water Seal protects the decks and keeps them safe for tourists to have the same kind of experience I did. Now, Thompsons is offering a sweepstake to send you to Niagara to experience the Cave of the Winds for yourself. Just visit the Thompsons Water Seal - Niagara Falls Vacation Sweepstakes and answer some trivia questions for your chance to win. The questions do not have to be answered correctly to enter. U.S. residents aged 18+ can enter one time between now and September 30th for the chance to win.

Image © Sandra Grauschopf, used with permission.

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