The water from 4 of the 5 Great Lakes — Erie, Huron, Michigan and Superior — culminates in quite a show at Niagara Falls. For centuries, it's been a place of intrigue and wonder, with wealthy individuals making the long voyage by carriage to see the landmark. Before 1846, brave souls explored below the falls on rowboat tours — a bumpy and dangerous ride, to be certain. However, with the rise in visitors, it was soon agreed that another vessel was needed. With that, the first Maid of the Mist was christened. The steamboat was large enough to carry a stagecoach and horses. Today, the company is synonymous with Niagara Falls and has ferries that can carry up to 600 passengers for the ride of their lives.