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Nov 16, 2012 - The Great Falls of the Passaic River

No visit to New Jersey would be complete without a visit to Passaic River in the comfort of a party bus charter bus, mini bus, school bus or bus charter services. The best way to get there is to book your trip by bus or limo with Bus Company NJ and you’ll be enthralled with sites you’ve never dreamed could exist in your very own back yard.

Measuring in at a length of approximately 80 mi (129 km) long, the river is a mature surface river which, in its upper course meanders through the swamp lowlands between the ridge hills of rural and suburban northern New Jersey, called the Great Swamp where it drains much of the northern portion of the state through its tributaries. In its lower portion, it flows through the most urbanized and industrialized areas of the state, including along downtown Newark and they can all be seen through the windows of the charter bus.

The river is accessible via a number of county parks, one of the must see sites along the Passaic River is The Great Falls of the Passaic River which are 77 feet (23 m) high.

Designated as a National Historic Landmark District in 1976, this wonder of nature becomes a spectacular sight during floods, with tremendous amounts of water cascading over the falls.

The unique history of the falls and the city were described in the five-volume philosophical poem Paterson by William Carlos Williams which also describes Williams' poem about the 1827 leap over the falls by Sam Patch, who later became the first known person to survive a trip over Niagara Falls. a poem about it was written by John Alleyne Macnab in 1890.

Many tour bus customers are interested in the fact that the falls were featured in the pilot as well as episode 6 of the first season of The Sopranos, Pax Soprana in which two mobsters threw a drug dealer off the bridge and into the falls, to his death.

To view the falls charter bus tour visitors can get a good vantage point from Haines Overlook Park on the south and Mary Ellen Kramer Park on the north. Drive-by viewing is available from McBride Avenue where it crosses the river just above the Falls.

If you prefer to see it by foot, a footbridge over the Falls gorge (the eighth bridge to span this spectacular chasm) also serves as an exciting outlook point from which many have captured the famous Falls rainbow. It remains to be a spectacular sight even if you are just viewing it from within the charter bus, party bus or the comfortable mini bus.

And, the best way to avoid missing out on one of New Jersey’s most storied and historic attractions, The Great Falls of the Passaic River is to book your bus or limo trip to New Jersey with Bus Company NJ today.